Who We Are

The Research Hub works alongside the REAL Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS). CCS and BCS certify compost and digestate to a set of independent quality Standards (PAS 100 and PAS 110). CCS-certified compost and BCS-certified digestate is considered to have achieved end-of-waste and quality assured status.

REAL established the Research Hub to provide research support for technical and regulatory developments related to the production, testing, and use of certified compost and digestate.

What We Do

The Research Hub funds research to support the following objectives:

  • Maintain and improve the robustness of the Schemes (CCS and BCS) and related Standards (PAS 110 and PAS 100)
  • Reinforce confidence in the compost and anaerobic digestion markets
  • Contribute to the development of new markets, including identifying barriers

How It Works

The Research Hub sources research ideas via an open Call for Proposals at the start of each year. CCS and BCS participants are invited to feedback on proposals.

Proposals are then evaluated by an appointed ‘Research Panel’ of organics sector professionals, considering industry feedback.

Selected projects are funded through an annual Research Fee paid by CCS and BCS participants. REAL appoints a contractor to deliver each project. 

Latest News:

  • Tender Opportunity Now Open!

    The Research Hub is pleased to offer an open invitation to tender for the role of Project Coordinator for our project on Plant Response Test Interpretation and Comparison. Open: 2nd February 2024.  Deadline: 15th March 2024.We are looking to appoint a Project Coordinator to liaise with appointed laboratories to manage the delivery, collection, and organisation of Spring Barley test data for the Research Hub project entitled ‘Plant Response Test Interpretation and Comparison: Investigating performance of the UK Tomato Plant Response Test and German Spring Barley Test on CCS Compost...

    Posted: 2 February, 2024

  • Now Open! - Call for Proposals 2024

    Open: Thursday 25th January 2024. Deadline: Friday 8th March 2024The Research Hub's annual Call for Proposals is now open! Please submit your idea for our next project in the field of organics recycling. We are interested in any ideas that drive innovation, research, and development in the organics recycling sector to ensure the robust functioning of the Schemes (CCS and BCS) and Standards (PAS 100 and PAS 110), reinforce market confidence, and/or contribute to market and policy development for the composting and AD industries...

    Posted: 25 January, 2024