Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System - Announcement of Opportunity

Notification of intent to submit deadline: 16:00 on 3 November 2017
Full proposals deadline: 16:00 on 30 November 2017

Update 12 October 2017: The Unconventional Hydrocarbons Announcement of opportunity was updated to include a link to the UK Geoenergy Observatories website and the UK Geoenergy Observatories enquiries email address.

Proposals are invited for a new £8 million research programme on Unconventional Hydrocarbons in the UK Energy System: Environmental & socio-economic impacts & processes. The programme is jointly supported by NERC and the Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC).

The outcome of this research programme will be the provision of an updated independent scientific evidence base to understand potential environmental and socio-economic impacts of unconventional hydrocarbon development.

Research proposals are sought for:

  • Cross-cutting consortium addressing challenge 1
    • Challenge 1: The evolving shale gas landscape.
      One multi-institutional consortium bringing together environmental science and social science with support totalling up to £1 million (80% full economic cost) for four years' duration.
  • Discipline specific projects addressing challenges 2-5
    • Challenge 2: Shale resource potential, distribution, composition, mechanical and flow properties.
    • Challenge 3: Coupled processes from reservoir to surface.
    • Challenge 4: Contaminant pathways and receptor impacts.
      Three multi-institution consortium projects (one project per challenge) that may include research studentships, with support totalling up to £1·7 million each (80% full economic cost) for up to four years' duration.
    • Challenge 5: Socio-economic impacts £1·5 million (80% full economic cost) is available to fund three to six projects in the social sciences (consortium or single-institution) for up to four years' duration.

Town hall meeting

A town hall meeting will be held on the 4 October 2017 in Birmingham. The purpose of the day will be two-fold:

  • to provide a forum for discussion of the science challenges and possible approaches to undertaking the research
  • to provide an opportunity to broker potential collaborations and partnerships.

The event will also ensure the research community is aware of the NERC national capability available to support this research, where appropriate, including the recently confirmed UK geoenergy observatories field site infrastructure.

Please note that attendance at this networking event is not a pre-requisite for the submission of proposals to this call.

Further information

For further information on this call, including how to register interest for the town hall meeting and how to submit a proposal, please see the full Announcement of Opportunity document below.

Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 431KB)

Notification of intent (Word, 44KB)

For further information on UK Geoenergy Observatories, please see the UK Geoenergy Observatories - external link and the Cheshire energy research field site - external link websites.


Unconventional Hydrocarbons