Whole Systems Networking Fund

Whole Systems Networking Fund

Posted 10 November 2017

Closing date: 15 December 2017

The UK Energy Research Centre has launched a £1.5 million Whole Systems Networking Fund. Funded by EPSRC, this scheme aims to improve communications and collaboration between people working on whole energy systems, with a focus on attracting new voices and addressing the gender imbalance across the energy sector.

The Fund will help develop best practice around networking, encouraging better representation of UK capacity in whole systems energy research, encourage fresh voices and foster new working relationships within the community.

Applications will be judged against criteria that include gender parity, interdisciplinary collaboration and the involvement of new voices.

The criteria have been developed based on UKERC’s experience, and following consultations with senior academics funded by the RCUK Energy Programme, including Directors of Supergen hubs and End Use Energy Demand Centres.

The Fund is now open, with applications being accepted on a rolling basis. The next review will take place on 15th December, with applicants being informed of the outcome in mid Jan.

Funding of up to £60,000 per project is currently available.

Projects will be expected to advance the following goals:

  • Female participation to 50% or more. RCUK Energy Programme grant applications and awards fall short of representing UK capacity.  Each project must explicitly address how they will ensure at least 50% participation of women.
  • Impact for whole systems energy research and/or uptake of science/evidence for energy system transformation: the activity cannot benefit only an individual, or a single institution or even a specific discipline. Networking activities must be collaborative and cohesive.
  • New voices: whether aimed at, or proposed by, early career researchers or bringing institutions, or disciplines together that ordinarily have little interaction, the project must bring new, diverse, voices to the table.

These goals could be developed through various activities such as workshops; engagement activities (e.g., with the public, government, and/or business); secondments; academic exchanges; a lecture series; a course or master-class (this list is not exhaustive).

Find out more below about the rationale behind the Whole Systems Networking Fund – and please apply. We have deliberately designed the application form to be as light-touch and straightforward as possible.