Funding opportunity

Funding opportunity: UK Energy Research Centre 2024 to 2029

Invite only application to the phase four UK Energy Research Centre director to apply for funding from 2024 to 2029.

This funding will enable an interdisciplinary whole system approach to accelerating the transition to a net zero energy system.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UK Research Innovation (UKRI) funding.

The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £13.75 million. UKRI will fund 80% of the FEC (£11 million).

The funding duration is for up to 60 months.

Who can apply

You can only apply for this funding opportunity if we have invited you to do so.

Before applying for funding, check the Eligibility of your organisation.

EPSRC standard eligibility rules apply. For full details, visit EPSRC’s eligibility page.

UKRI has introduced new role types for funding opportunities being run on the new UKRI Funding Service.

For full details, visit Eligibility as an individual.

Who is eligible to apply

  • the Phase four UK Energy Research Centre currently led by Professor Rob Gross has been invited to apply to this funding opportunity

Resubmissions

We will not accept uninvited resubmissions of projects that have been submitted to UKRI or any other funder.

Find out more about EPSRC’s resubmissions policy.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all funding applicants. We encourage applications from a diverse range of researchers.

We support people to work in a way that suits their personal circumstances. This includes:

  • career breaks
  • support for people with caring responsibilities
  • flexible working
  • alternative working patterns

Find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion at UKRI.

What we're looking for

Aim

The UK Energy Research Centre will coordinate and focus the UK whole energy systems community to deliver a step change in accelerating the transition to a net zero energy system. This investment will help inform the UK’s transition to net zero by 2050.

Scope

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) 2024 to 2029 will deliver world-leading interdisciplinary whole energy systems research to accelerate the journey to net zero by 2050. UKERC is expected to:

  • deliver strategic and independent research and evidence synthesis, bringing together the right people, disciplines, institutions, and infrastructure from across the UK research base and beyond
  • accelerate impact through engagement, co-design, and leveraging support with relevant users and project partners to ensure that research outcomes from UKERC can be fully exploited by stakeholders at all levels
  • enable community coordination and networking

Research challenges to be addressed should include:

  • achieving a net zero UK energy system that is secure, sustainable, affordable and inclusive to all, benefitting UK consumers. Providing evidence to decision makers and practitioners from across government, industry, business and wider stakeholder groups, on the different technology options, including the interdependencies, interplay and spill over effects of different transformative solutions (including technological, economic, political, and environmental). This includes research on the costs and benefits of the alternative methods.
  • enabling effective change in energy delivery to support UK energy security to include novel technology and a wide range of solutions, including, but not limited to, technological, economic, financial, behavioural and policy. This should also include demonstrators to help solve some of the implementation challenges in the near-term for the UK’s transition to net zero, including place, behaviour, socio-cultural and economic factors. This will require working with key stakeholders to ensure change can be delivered effectively.

The investments should be focused on the areas within the priorities that will deliver a step change and those that need to be addressed now to enable the UK to deliver its net zero targets.

Requirements

In addition, the UKERC will be required to:

  • act as a UK centre of excellence, able to harness existing strengths from across the research landscape, through consortia that bring together researchers and stakeholders in relevant areas
  • focus on challenges associated with accelerating the transition to net zero, addressing the research challenges identified
  • offer visionary leadership, with the ability to collaborate and coordinate with other UKRI energy and decarbonisation investments and the wider community to champion energy systems research
  • respond to changes in the energy and decarbonisation landscape in a responsive manner during the lifetime of the investment
  • develop a long-term sustainability plan for UKERC, including how it will diversify its funding sources beyond UKRI including a plan to increase the leveraged support from project partners and relevant users
  • deliver its programme of work in a responsible fashion according to best practice in responsible research and innovation, including delivering in an environmentally sustainable manner
  • evidence how equality, diversity and inclusion will be integrated into UKERC’s operations

For more information on the background of this funding opportunity, go to the Additional information section.

Duration

The duration of this award is a maximum of 60 months.

The project must start by 1 May 2024.

Funding available

The FEC can be up to £13.75 million. UKRI will fund 80% of the FEC (£11million).

Equipment over £10,000 in value (incl. VAT) is not available through this funding opportunity. Smaller items of equipment (individually under £10,000) should be in the Directly Incurred – Other Costs heading.

Centre leadership, governance and management

The centre is expected to:

  • have a senior leadership team. The combined director and leadership time charged to the grant for delivery of the centre should be a minimum of one full time effort (FTE). The leadership team will be expected to spend 0.2 FTE on responsible research and innovation, equality, diversity and inclusion, succession planning and development of future research leaders. Time to do research for the leadership team will need to be in addition to this requirement
  • have an effective governance structure and management and monitoring arrangements. This should include a risk management strategy and a strategy for how the flexibility of resources will be managed
  • establish and run an independent advisory board to provide advice and recommendations on the strategic research direction, activities and centre management. The advisory board will offer guidance and reflect upon feedback to UKERC from the wider community
  • require a minimum of one FTE in each of the following roles; centre manager, communications manager, stakeholder engagement manager
  • include plans for the development and promotion of the careers of all team members, including investigators, research assistants, technicians, administrative and programme management staff

We will not fund the following:

  • PhD studentships may not be included in the costs sought from EPSRC and ESRC
  • we do not expect you to duplicate the research currently funded in EPSRC and ESRC related large investments. UKERC research may however explore different approaches on the same topics as the other currently funded research investments and may collaborate with research that is currently funded

Supporting skills and talent

We encourage you to follow the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the Technician Commitment.

International collaboration

If your application includes international applicants, project partners or collaborators, visit UKRI’s trusted research and innovation for more information on effective international collaboration.

Find out about getting funding for international collaboration.

How to apply

We are running this funding opportunity on the new UKRI Funding Service. You cannot apply on the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.

The project lead is responsible for completing the application process on the Funding Service, but we expect all team members and project partners to contribute to the application.

Only the lead research organisation can submit an application to UKRI.

To apply:

Select ‘Start application’ near the beginning of this Funding finder page.

  1. Confirm you are the project lead.
  2. Sign in or create a Funding Service account. To create an account, select your organisation, verify your email address, and set a password. If your organisation is not listed, email support@funding-service.ukri.org
  3. Answer questions directly in the text boxes. You can save your answers and come back to complete them or work offline and return to copy and paste your answers. If we need you to upload a document, follow the upload instructions in the Funding Service. All questions and assessment criteria are listed in the How to apply section on this Funding finder page.
  4. Send the completed application to your research office for checking. They will return it to you if it needs editing.
  5. Your research office will submit the completed and checked application to UKRI.

Watch our research office webinars about the new Funding Service.

Deadline

UKRI must receive your application by 10 January 2024 4.00pm UK time.

You will not be able to apply after this time.

Make sure you are aware of and follow any internal institutional deadlines.

We will not be returning applications for amendment. If an application is withdrawn prior to peer review or office rejected due to substantive errors in the application, it cannot be resubmitted to the funding opportunity.

Personal data

Processing personal data

EPSRC, as part of UKRI, will need to collect some personal information to manage your UKRI funding service account and the registration of your funding applications. We will handle personal data in line with UK data protection legislation and manage it securely. For more information, including how to exercise your rights, read our privacy notice.

EPSRC, as part of UKRI, will need to share the application and any personal information that it contains with ESRC so that they can participate in the assessment process. For more information on how ESRC uses personal information, visit privacy notice.

Publication of outcomes

If your application is successful, we will publish some personal information on the UKRI Gateway to Research.

Summary

Word count: maximum 550

In plain English, provide a summary we can use to identify the most suitable experts to assess your application.

We may make this summary publicly available on external-facing websites, so make it suitable for a variety of readers, for example:

  • opinion-formers
  • policymakers
  • the public
  • the wider research community

Guidance for writing a summary

Clearly describe your proposed work in terms of:

  • its context
  • the challenge the project addresses
  • its aims and objectives
  • its potential applications and benefits

Core team

Applicants

List the key members of your team and assign them roles from the following:

  • project lead (PL)
  • project co-lead (UK) (PcL)
  • researcher co-lead (RcL)
  • specialist
  • grant manager
  • professional enabling staff
  • research and innovation associate
  • technician
  • visiting researcher

Only list one individual as project lead.

The centre will need to identify a senior leadership team. The director will be listed as the project lead and remaining leadership team will be listed as project co-leads.

Find out more about UKRI’s new grant roles.

Vision and Approach

What are you hoping to achieve and how will you deliver your proposed work?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

For the Vision, explain how your proposed work:

  • is of excellent quality and importance within or beyond the field(s) or area(s)
  • has the potential to advance current understanding, generates new knowledge, thinking or discovery within or beyond the field or area
  • is timely given current trends, context and needs
  • impacts world-leading research, society, the economy or the environment

Within the Vision section we also expect you to:

  • identify the potential direct or indirect benefits and who the beneficiaries might be

For the Approach, explain how you have designed your work so that it:

  • is effective and appropriate to achieve your objectives
  • is feasible, and comprehensively identifies any risks to delivery and how they will be managed
  • if applicable, uses a clear and transparent methodology
  • if applicable, summarises the previous work and describes how this will be built upon and progressed
  • will maximise translation of outputs into outcomes and impacts
  • describes how your, and if applicable your team’s, research environment (in terms of the place, and relevance to the project) will contribute to the success of the work

Within the Approach section we also expect you to:

  • provide a project plan including milestones and timelines in the form of a Gantt chart or similar (additional one-page A4)
  • Create a document that includes your responses to all criteria. The document should not be more than 10 sides of A4, single spaced in paper in 11-point Arial (or equivalent sans serif font) with margins of at least 2cm. You may include images, graphs, tables. You can have an additional page for a diagrammatic workplan.

For the file name, use the unique funding service number the system gives you when you create an application, followed by the words ‘Vision and Approach’.

Save this document as a single PDF file, no bigger than 8MB. Unless specifically requested, please do not include any personal data within the attachment.

If the attachment does not meet these requirements, the application will be rejected.

The Funding Service will provide document upload details when you apply.

Applicant and team capability to deliver

Word count: 1,500

Why are you the right individual or team to successfully deliver the proposed work?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Evidence of how you, and if relevant your team, have:

  • the relevant experience (appropriate to career stage) to deliver the proposed work
  • the right balance of skills and expertise to cover the proposed work
  • the appropriate leadership and management skills to deliver the work and your approach to develop others
  • contributed to developing a positive research environment and wider community

The word count for this section is 1,500 words, 1,000 words to be used for R4RI modules and, if necessary, a further 500 words for Additions.

Use the Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI) format to showcase the range of relevant skills you and, if relevant, your team (project and project co-leads, researchers, technicians, specialists, partners and so on) have and how this will help deliver the proposed work. You can include individuals’ specific achievements but only choose past contributions that best evidence their ability to deliver this work.

Complete this section using the R4RI module headings listed. Use each heading once and include a response for the whole team, see the UKRI guidance on R4RI. You should consider how to balance your answer, and emphasise where appropriate the key skills each team member brings:

  • contributions to the generation of new ideas, tools, methodologies, or knowledge
  • the development of others and maintenance of effective working relationships
  • contributions to the wider research and innovation community
  • contributions to broader research or innovation users and audiences and towards wider societal benefit
Additions

Provide any further details relevant to your application. This section is optional and can be up to 500 words. You should not use it to describe additional skills, experiences, or outputs, but you can use it to describe any factors that provide context for the rest of your R4RI (for example, details of career breaks if you wish to disclose them).

Complete this as a narrative. Do not format it like a CV.

UKRI has introduced new role types for funding opportunities being run on the new Funding Service.

For full details, see Eligibility as an individual.

Within this section you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words
  • insert each new image onto a new line
  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)
  • files must be smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

References

Word count: 1,000

List the references you have used to support your application.

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Include all references in this section, not in the rest of the application questions.

You should not include any other information in this section.

We advise you not to include hyperlinks, as assessors are not obliged to access the information they lead to or consider it in their assessment of your application.

If linking to web resources, to maintain the information’s integrity, include persistent identifiers (such as digital object identifiers) where possible.

You must not include links to web resources to extend your application.

Project partners

Add details about any project partners’ contributions. If there are no project partners, you can indicate this on the Funding Service.

A project partner is a collaborating organisation who will have an integral role in the proposed research. This may include direct (cash) or indirect (in-kind) contributions such as expertise, staff time or use of facilities.

Add the following project partner details:

  • The organisation name and address (searchable via a drop-down list or enter the organisation’s details manually, as applicable)
  • The project partner contact name and email address
  • The type of contribution (direct or in-direct) and its monetary value

If a detail is entered incorrectly and you have saved the entry, remove the specific project partner record and re-add it with the correct information.

For audit purposes, UKRI requires formal collaboration agreements to be put in place if an award is made.

Project partners: letters (or emails) of support

Word count: 10

Question: Upload a single PDF containing the letters or emails of support from each partner you named in the table in the previous ‘contributions’ section.

What the assessors are looking for in your response

If you do not have any project partners, simply add ‘N/A’ into the text box, mark this section as complete and move to the next section.

If you have named project partners in the previous ‘contributions’ section, enter the words ‘attachment supplied’ in the text box.

Each letter or email you provide should:

  • confirm the partner’s commitment to the project
  • clearly explain the value, relevance and possible benefits of the work to them
  • describe any additional value that they bring to the project
  • refer to EPSRC’s guidance on project partners letters of support for further information Project partners letter of support – UKRI

Unless specifically requested, do not include any personal data within the attachment. Upload details are provided within the service on the actual application.

Upload a single PDF containing the letters or emails of support from each partner you named in the table in the previous ‘contributions’ section ensuring it is no larger than 8MB.

For the file name, use the unique funding service number the system gives to your proposal – when you create an application – immediately followed by the words ‘project partner letters of support’. Then use the upload button below.

For audit purposes, UKRI requires formal collaboration agreements to be put in place if an award is made.

Do not provide letters of support from host and co-project lead research organisations.

Facilities

Word count: 250

Does your proposed research require the support and use of a facility?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

If you will need to use a facility, follow your proposed facility’s normal access request procedures. Ensure you have prior agreement so that if you are offered funding, they will support the use of their facility on your project.

For each requested facility you will need to provide the:

  • name of facility, copied and pasted from the facility information list (DOCX, 35KB)
  • proposed usage or costs, or costs per unit where indicated on the facility information list
  • confirmation you have their agreement where required

If you will not need to use a facility, you will be able to indicate this in the Funding Service.

Resources and cost justification

Word count: 1,000

What will you need to deliver your proposed work and how much will it cost?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Justify the application’s more costly resources, in particular:

  • project staff
  • significant travel for field work or collaboration, but not regular travel between collaborating organisations or to conferences
  • any consumables beyond typical requirements, or that are required in exceptional quantities
  • all facilities and infrastructure costs
  • all resources that have been costed as ‘Exceptions’
  • any flexible funding requested

Assessors are not looking for detailed costs or a line-by-line breakdown of all project resources. Overall, they want you to demonstrate how the resources you anticipate needing for your proposed work:

  • are comprehensive, appropriate, and justified
  • represent the optimal use of resources to achieve the intended outcomes
  • maximise potential outcomes and impacts

Ethics and responsible research and innovation (RRI)

Word count: 500

What are the ethical or RRI implications and issues relating to the proposed work? If you do not think that the proposed work raises any ethical or RRI issues, explain why.

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Demonstrate that you have identified and evaluated:

  • the relevant ethical or responsible research and innovation considerations
  • how you will manage these considerations

If you are collecting or using data, identify:

  • any legal and ethical considerations of collecting, releasing or storing the data including consent, confidentiality, anonymisation, security and other ethical considerations and, in particular, strategies to not preclude further reuse of data
  • formal information standards with which your study will comply

Within this section you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words
  • insert each new image onto a new line
  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)
  • files must be smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

Additional sub-questions (to be answered only if appropriate) will be included in the Funding Service. These will ask about numbers, species/strain and justification about:

  • genetic and biological risk
  • research involving the use of animals
  • conducting research with animal overseas
  • research involving human participation
  • research involving human tissues or biological samples

Centre leadership, governance and management

Word count: 2,000

What are your plans for appropriate centre leadership, governance and management?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Describe the leadership and governance structure and how the centre will be managed.

Explain how you intend to:

  • manage the proposed centre, demonstrating that your centre will be effectively governed, including details about the governance structure and advisory groups
  • manage and monitor the progress of the centre, including consideration of how the flexibility of resources will be managed
  • embed creativity and agility into the plans for the centre in order to respond to a changing landscape
  • develop and progress the careers of all team members, including investigators, research assistants, any aligned students, technicians and other non-academic staff
  • embed considerations of equality, diversity, and inclusion at all levels and in all aspects of the programme

Please identify the percentage of time the director and leadership team will be spending on the project. The combined director and leadership time charged to the grant for delivery of the centre should be a minimum one full time effort (FTE).

The leadership team will be expected to spend 0.2 FTE on responsible research and innovation, equality, diversity and inclusion, succession planning and development of future research leaders. Time to do research for the leadership team will need to be in addition to this.

Within this section you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words
  • insert each new image onto a new line
  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)
  • files must be smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

Centre sustainability

Word count: 1,000

Question – How will you ensure the sustainability of the centre?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Provide details about your plans for the long-term sustainability of the centre:

  • include plans for engaging with stakeholders to ensure the sustainability of the centre.
  • explain how you will diversify your funding sources beyond UKRI.
  • include plans for gaining practical or financial support for the centre including funding from research funders, project partners, HEIs and stakeholders during the centre funding period.

Within this section you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words
  • insert each new image onto a new line
  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)
  • files must be smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

Co-creation and leverage funding

Word count: 1,000

How have you co-created and designed your research programme to maximise the impact and to leverage funding?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Explain how you have designed your research programme so that it:

  • has been co-created and will be co-delivered in partnership with relevant stakeholders identifies and embeds clear, realistic and proportionate pathways to maximise translation of outputs into outcomes and impacts of all types
  • drives added value as a core focus of the programme by demonstrating synergistic connectivity between partners, disciplines, and workstreams
  • is positioned at the forefront of your chosen research area, displaying leadership and advocacy on a national scale
  • describes the leverage funding from project partner and the plans to increase this over the lifetime of the centre.

Within this section you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words
  • insert each new image onto a new line
  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)
  • files must be smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

User engagement

Word count: 500

Question: How will you engage with non-academic partners to ensure change can be delivered effectively?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

  • a clear and logical engagement strategy with relevant stakeholders
  • evidence that the proposal has been written with the end user’s needs in mind and that delivery of change is a key consideration in the proposal design.

Organisational support

Word count:2,000

Provide details of support from your research organisation.

What the assessors are looking for in your response

  • provide a statement of support from your research organisation detailing why the proposed work is needed. This should include details of any matched funding that will be provided to support the activity and any additional support that might add value to the work.
  • the panel will be looking for a strong statement of commitment from your research organisation(s).
  • we recognise that in some instances, this information may be provided by the Research Office, the Technology Transfer Office (TTO) or equivalent, or a combination of both.

You must also include the following details:

  • a significant person’s name and their position, from the TTO or Research Office, or both
  • office address or web link

Within this section you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words
  • insert each new image onto a new line
  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)
  • files must be smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

How we will assess your application

Assessment process

We will assess your application using the following process.

Peer review

We will invite experts to review your application independently, against the specified criteria for this funding opportunity.

You will not be able to nominate reviewers for applications on the new UKRI Funding Service. Research councils will continue to select expert reviewers.

We are monitoring the requirement for applicant-nominated reviewers as we review policies and processes as part of the continued development of the new Funding Service.

You will have 10 days to respond to reviewers’ comments.

Interview

An expert interview panel will conduct interviews with the applicants after which the panel will make a funding recommendation.

We expect the interview to be held at the end March 2024.
UKRI will make the final funding decision.

Feedback

We will give feedback with the outcome of your application.

Principles of assessment

We support the San Francisco declaration on research assessment (DORA) and recognise the relationship between research assessment and research integrity.

Find out about the UKRI Principles of Assessment and Decision Making.

Sharing data with co-funders

We will need to share the application, including any personal information that it contains with ESRC so that they can participate in the assessment process.

For more information on how ESRC uses personal information, visit privacy notice.

We reserve the right to modify the assessment process as needed.

Assessment criteria

The criteria we will assess your application against are:

  • vision
  • approach
  • capability of the applicant or applicants and the project team to deliver the project
  • resources requested to do the project
  • ethical and responsible research and innovation considerations of the project
  • centre leadership, governance and management
  • centre sustainability
  • co-creation and leverage funding
  • user engagement plans
  • organisational support

Find details of assessment questions and criteria under the ‘Application questions’ heading in the How to apply section.

Contact details

Get help with your application

If you have a question and the answers aren’t provided on this page

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Helpdesk is committed to helping users of the UKRI Funding Service as effectively and as quickly as possible. In order to manage cases at peak volume times, the Helpdesk will triage and prioritise those queries with an imminent opportunity deadline or a technical issue. Enquiries raised where information is available on the Funding Finder opportunity page and should be understood early in the application process (for example, regarding eligibility or content/remit of an opportunity) will not constitute a priority case and will be addressed as soon as possible.

Contact details

For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.

For questions related to this specific funding opportunity please contact support@funding-service.ukri.org

Any queries regarding the system or the submission of applications through the Funding Service should be directed to the helpdesk.

Email: support@funding-service.ukri.org
Phone: 01793 547490

Our phone lines are open:

  • Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5:00pm
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To help us process queries quicker, we request that users highlight the council and opportunity name in the subject title of their email query, include the application reference number, and refrain from contacting more than one mailbox at a time.

You can also find information on submitting an application on Improving your funding experience.

Sensitive information

If you or a core team member need to tell us something you wish to remain confidential, email the Funding Service helpdesk on support@funding-service.ukri.org

Include in the subject line: [the funding opportunity title; sensitive information; your Funding Service application number].

Typical examples of confidential information include:

  • individual is unavailable until a certain date (for example due to parental leave)
  • declaration of interest
  • additional information about eligibility to apply that would not be appropriately shared in the ‘Applicant and team capability’ section
  • conflict of interest for UKRI to consider in reviewer or panel participant selection
  • the application is an invited resubmission

For information about how UKRI handles personal data, read UKRI’s privacy notice.

Additional info

Background

The UK Energy Research Centre was established following a recommendation made by the Chief Scientific Advisor’s Energy Research Review Group’s 2002 report.

The centre was established to:

  • bring together government, industry and academia
  • be a networking centre to coordinate UK research, facilitate industry collaboration and promote UK participation in international projects
  • be a centre of excellence in its own right
  • help maximise returns from research investment and leverage private sector funds

EPSRC and ESRC continue to support a whole systems approach to developing the technological solutions which will decarbonise our economy and society, to create a fair and sustainable net zero future. This aligns with the UKRI Building a Green Future strategic theme, as well as the UK’s Net Zero Research & Innovation Framework and the British Energy Security Strategy.

Responsible innovation

We are fully committed to developing and promoting responsible innovation. Research has the ability to not only produce understanding, knowledge and value, but also unintended consequences, questions, ethical dilemmas and, at times, unexpected social transformations.

We recognise that we have a duty of care to promote approaches to responsible innovation that will initiate ongoing reflection about the potential ethical and societal implications of the research that we sponsor and to encourage our research community to do likewise.

Grant additional conditions

If funded, the UKRI terms and conditions will apply to your grant. In addition to these, the following additional grant conditions will be applied. We reserve the right to amend these or add further conditions, up to the point of issuing the grant. Full details of the terms and conditions applying to your award will be listed in the grant offer letter.

Research disruption due to COVID-19

We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major interruptions and disruptions across our communities. We are committed to ensuring that individual applicants and their wider team, including partners and networks, are not penalised for any disruption to their career, such as:

  • breaks and delays
  • disruptive working patterns and conditions
  • the loss of ongoing work
  • role changes that may have been caused by the pandemic

Reviewers and panel members will be advised to consider the unequal impacts that COVID-19 related disruption might have had on the capability to deliver and career development of those individuals included in the application. They will be asked to consider the capability of the applicant and their wider team to deliver the research they are proposing.

Where disruptions have occurred, you can highlight this within your application if you wish, but there is no requirement to detail the specific circumstances that caused the disruption.

Supporting documents

Grant additional conditions (PDF, 78KB)

Equality impact assessment (PDF, 218KB)

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