The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council have just announced a new scheme open to UK academic staff to submit feasibility studies underpinning science and engineering energy research.
Proposers should examine a topic within EPSRC’s Energy remit, review past and current activity, and identify key research challenges that need to be addressed. The proposed research must be novel, innovative, have the potential to lead to high impact outcomes and strengthen the UK’s position in within the international energy community.
Up to £3M is available for the call and each proposal can be a maximum of £200k. There is a strong steer in the call document that any potential project should be aligned with UK energy strategy as reflected by national level groups and organisations such as Supergen Hubs, End Use Energy Demand Centres, UK Energy Research Centre, Energy Technologies Institute and the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy. Submissions must also demonstrate collaborations with established energy groups/organisations (academia, industry, non-governmental organisations, Government etc.) who are willing to support the research proposal and provide a potential route for exploitation.
This call operates a pre-proposal EoI stage, deadline 8th December 2016, and the EoI form is available on the EPSRC website. The full proposal deadline is 5th January 2017, but proposals which have not submitted an EoI will be office rejected.
Please get in touch with your Faculty RFPM at an early stage if you’d like to discuss a bid to this call.