UK Energy Research Centre phase four call

Call opens: 10 July 2018
Call closes: 16:00 on 9 October 2018

NERC, the Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) are looking to support phase four of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC), as part of their contribution to the cross-council energy programme.

This is not an open call but an invitation to the current leaders to apply to continue UKERC into a phase four. The proposal must be a single submission with a single principal investigator leading the UKERC phase four proposal.

The cross-council energy programme brings together engineers and scientists from many areas to tackle the research challenges involved in creating new energy technologies and systems, and understanding and incorporating their social, economic and environmental implications. EPSRC leads the energy programme, in which EPSRC, ESRC, NERC, the Biotechnology & Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and the Science & Technology Facilities Council (STFC) work together to develop and deliver energy research and training within a common strategic framework, using a whole-systems approach.

The research councils have funded UKERC since 2004. It is a key part of the cross-council energy programme and, when established by the research councils, its mission was to be the UK's pre-eminent centre of interdisciplinary research in energy and source of authoritative information and leadership on sustainable energy systems. Its support to date has been provided by EPSRC, ESRC and NERC.

There is up to £18 million available for this award (at 80% full economic cost) and the duration of the grant will be for five years.

The closing date for submission of full proposals is 16:00 on 9 October 2018. An interview panel will be held on 10 December 2018.

Further information

For full details on the scope, eligibility criteria and submission process of the call, please refer to the published call on the EPSRC website - external link.


EPSRC contact:

Jasmine Cain

NERC contact:

Weihao Zhong