UKERC is presently operating under a ‘Hub and Challenge’ model that has previously been used by EPSRC for other research centres. A number of Research Challenges could be integrated with the existing UKERC ‘hub’ programme over the duration of the UKERC programme. Challenges are therefore commissioned and funded separately from the main UKERC award.

The first UKERC Challenge Addressing the Valuation of Energy & Nature Together (ADVENT) has already been commissioned by NERC. It is being led by Prof Andrew Lovett at UEA from 1st May 2015.

Future potential Challenges are currently being scoped by UKERC in consultation with the Research Councils.