£1.5 million funds available

UKERC have launched a £1.5 million Whole Systems Networking Fund. Funded by EPSRC, this scheme aims to improve the diversity, communications and collaboration between whole systems energy researchers and those engaged in more disciplinary focused areas of research.

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 are now closed. The next round of applications will open in March/April 2018.


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

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 by clicking the button below. If you have any queries, please contact Freya Stanley-Price.


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