Apply to join the UKERC Research Committee

14 Nov 2019

We are inviting applications for up to ten members from the UK research community to join our new Research Committee.

In our fourth phase, around £3.5m of UKERC’s budget (at 80% FEC) will be allocated to research via a flexible Research Fund. The UKERC Research Committee will oversee the allocation of this Fund. 

The aims of the Fund are to:

  • Provide flexibility for the UKERC research programme in the light of new scientific insights or developments in policies, technologies or industries;
  • Bring a wider range of researchers and disciplines into UKERC’s research programme, including researchers from outside the ‘traditional’ energy community;
  • Scope and develop new research agendas in partnership with funders, the research community and other stakeholders; and
  • Promote integration in the UKERC research programme, and to fill gaps where needed.

In addition to major research projects, part of the Fund can also be allocated to shorter scoping activities and integrating projects for the existing UKERC programme, find out more about our current programme.

‘Serving on the UKERC research committee was a very rewarding experience. I made several new colleagues and friends as a result.

The interdisciplinarity of the committee, and the genuine respect shown by all members to each other, was exceptional.

Above all, I felt that we really were trying to do something valuable to confront many of the problems contributing to climate change.’

Dick Eiser, Emeritus Professor of Psychology, University of Sheffield and member of the Phase 3 Research Committee

Committee Operation

The Committee will operate formally as a sub-committee of the UKERC Advisory Board. It will meet at least three times a year, with more frequent meetings in its early stages. The main tasks of the Research Committee will include:

  • Helping to specify the annual calls for proposals planned for 2020, 2021 and 2022;
  • Overseeing the peer review process for proposals;
  • Making recommendations about those that should be funded;
  • Assessing the fit of recommended proposals with UKERC's research programme; and
  • Advising the Director on the implementation of UKERC’s Research Strategy.

Membership will provide a unique perspective on the UK energy research landscape. The Committee’s broad remit means that we would welcome applicants from the full range of disciplines that are relevant to UKERC’s whole systems research programme, including natural sciences, engineering and social sciences.

Application process

Applications should include a CV and a two page statement highlighting how the applicant meets meet the criteria below, and sets out the skills and experience they would bring to the Committee.

The criteria against which applications will be judged will include:

  • A track record of relevant energy research, with an international reputation;
  • Demonstrated experience and understanding of interdisciplinary research; and
  • Knowledge and experience relevant to the energy sector

Up to ten members will be appointed. In addition to assessing applicants against the criteria, UKERC will aim for a balanced range of expertise within the Committee. We will also aim for a diverse membership, in line with our equality, diversity and inclusion plan.  

This is an unpaid role. Reasonable travel costs for attending committee meetings will be reimbursed. If required UKERC can facilitate remote participation in meetings.

Initial duration: three years; renewable by mutual agreement.

Closing date: Applications should be sent to Ioanna Ketsopoulou by the 12th December.

For more information about the Research Committee and UKERC, please contact Jim Watson ( or Ioanna Ketsopoulou (

Find out about our current research programme here