UKERC manages a flexible research fund that will be allocated through a series of open research calls, overseen by an independent Research Committee. Around £3.3 million will be available for the flexible research fund during this phase of UKERC. Three targeted calls are envisaged during 2015 and 2016.
The flexible research fund has a number of objectives, including:
- To bring a wider range of researchers and disciplines into UKERC’s research programme, including researchers from outside the energy community;
- To build collaborations between the UKERC research community and other research communities – including other energy researchers, groups and centres;
- To allow the research programme to develop flexibility in the light of new scientific insights or external developments (e.g. in energy policy);
- To fill gaps in the UKERC research programme and/or the wider Research Councils Energy Programme; and
- To scope and develop new research agendas in partnership with funders, the research community and other stakeholders.
Research Fund Round 1
In June 2014, an initial Town Hall Meeting was held at the UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources in London, to discuss potential priorities for flexible funding. Around forty academics and representatives of other organisations attended the meeting. Based on the outcomes of the Town Meeting and following consultations with the UKERC Research Committee, the focus of the first round of funding was on two areas:
- Incumbent energy systems and infrastructures
- Equity and justice in energy systems
Research Fund Round 2
A second Town Meeting was held at Imperial College in December 2015 in order to determine potential priorities for the second round of the Research Fund. In this instance the discussion built on the priority areas that were identified in the first consultation round. However, there was also an opportunity to suggest additional research areas of questions. Based on the outcomes of the second Town Meeting and following consultations with the UKERC Research Committee, the focus of the second round of funding was on three areas:
- Financing community energy
- Bioenergy with CCS (BECCS)
- Accelerating emission reductions in transport
Research Fund Round 3
A third workshop was held at Imperial College in October in order to identify potential priorities under the third round of funding of the Research Fund. The discussions focused on general research ideas, as well as topics under the wider area of the impact of non-energy policies on the energy system. Based on the outcomes of the second Town Meeting and following consultations with the UKERC Research Committee, the focus of the third round of funding was on two areas:
- Flexibility and low carbon heat systems
- The impact of non-energy policies on the energy system
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This policy briefing explore some of the key gaps in knowledge regarding justice in energy efficiency policy in the UK
A practitioner guide by UKERC, University of York and The Children’s Society
Practitioner guide by UKERC, University of York and Disability Rights UK
This working paper addresses key gaps in knowledge regarding justice in energy efficiency policy in the UK.
This publication provides a multi-disciplinary perspective covering five broad themes: the long-term context for fairness in the retail energy market; the increasing complexity of relationships; the way people purchase energy; the experiences of those at risk of fuel poverty; and how data and statistics can be improved.
Press Release 10 Dec 2018
Many disabled people and families with children on low incomes are frozen out of schemes to support fuel poor households.
Network News 15 Nov 2018
Flexible research project leader, Dr Carolyn Snell joins SGN CEO and MP Barry Sheerman to speak at a parliamentary event aimed at helping people heat homes for less.
Press Release 17 Aug 2018
In August 2018, UKERC academics published a briefing paper, consolidating Great Britain’s hourly local demand for natural gas, providing insights into the gas consumption that helps keep the country warm. Encompassing data from the 'Beast from the East', this reveals insights into the challenge of providing heating and hot water at times of energy system stress.
Mapping all of the businesses in the UK’s heat sector was, as it turned out, a slightly bigger challenge than we had initially anticipated.
UKERC has announced another round of successful projects under its Phase 3 Research Fund
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