The role of the Hub

The REAL Compost and Biofertilislier Certification Schemes' Research Hub (referred to as "The Hub"), established in January 2019, is a mechanism designed to ensure that the Schemes are robust and fit for purpose. 

REAL recognises that there is need for new, accessible research to support innovation as well as changes to the Schemes and their Standards. The quality Standards (BSI PAS 100 and PAS 110) and laboratory test methods must be reviewed and updated on a regular basis to reflect evolving legislation and the latest scientific evidence.

The primary benefit of the Research Hub is the increased amount of evidence available to the composting and anaerobic digestion industries, to ensure long-term competitiveness and growth.

Annual call for research ideas

Compost Certification Scheme (CCS) and Biofertiliser Certification Scheme (BCS) Operators as well as the composting and anaerobic digestion industries can influence the work of the Hub through the submission of a Research Project Proposal. 

Each year in January, the Hub issues a call for Research Project Proposals whereby CCS and BCS participants and industry are invited to submit their research ideas to the Research Hub via a Submission Form.

Proposals submitted should aim to develop the technical and regulatory aspects of certified compost and digestate production, testing and usage, as well as meeting the Hub's Objectives.


Project selection process

Following the call period, the Hub's Research Panel will review and evaluate the proposals; a number of proposals will be shortlisted. Shortlisted proposals will be inputted to an online survey, which CCS and BCS Scheme participants will be invited to complete.

Following the SurveyMonkey, the results of which are considered advisory, the Panel will convene to determine, through a second evaluation phase, which shortlisted proposal(s) will be selected for commissioning. 

A contractor for the selected research project(s) will then be chosen through a competitive tender process.

Latest News:

  • Tendering for the fourth project of the Research Hub

    REAL is seeking to appoint a contractor for the fourth project of the Research Hub. The purpose of the tender opportunity is to appoint a contractor to develop and deliver the fourth project of the Research Hub titled 'Evaluation of the potential for the improvement of the Residual Biogas Potential test and investigation of alternative test procedures for ‘End of Waste' biofertilisers.' The Tender Invitation Document (TID) can be found below...

    Posted: 15 November, 2021

  • Tendering for the third project of the Research Hub *document correction*

    On the 14 September 2021, REAL issued a Tender Invitation Document (TID) for the latest work commissioned by the Research Hub titled 'Plant Response Test Failures: Investigation of contaminants and phytotoxins in ‘End of Waste’ composting feedstocks and finished composts'.  REAL have since made several minor tweaks to the document; the corrected version is attached below. The information and evidence collected as part of the project will be used to inform the discussions at REAL's Plant Response Test Technical Working Group (PRTTWG) going forwards...

    Posted: 1 October, 2021