The first project of the Research Hub is titled: 'The development of a Research Library for the Organics Recycling industry.' The project was selected and a contractor appointed in 2019. The project commenced in June '20, and is scheduled for completion by January 2021.
Following a competitive tender period, the contract for the first project of the Hub was awarded to NNFCC. A digital platform will be developed, which will compile all previous and recent research undertaken across both the composting and anaerobic digestion industries.
You can access the Research Library using www.realresearchlibrary.org.uk.
To develop a library of existing industry research, both within the UK and internationally, and undertake a gap analysis in order to identify potential areas for future research across both the composting and anaerobic digestion sectors.
The project deliverables are as followed:
- To undertake a desk-based literature review
- To conduct a gap analysis across the compiled literature
- To design and build an online digital library, to present the results of both the literature review and gap analysis
The Research Library will be an informative and valuable resource for both the composting and anaerobic digestion sectors. The collation of existing research, within the UK and internationally, will allow areas of research that are limited or absent to be readily identified.
Key benefits of the Research Library include:
- The compilation of composting and anaerobic digestion research/literature within a user-friendly digital platform
- A tool to aid the prevention of research duplication, and in-turn a misuse of research resource
- A reference point to guide, shape, and inform future research proposals submitted to the Hub
The Project Brief for the first project of the Hub, which surmises the research and provides justification for its selection, can be found here.
The total cost of the first project of the Research Hub is £68,674 (excl. VAT).