Supergen Energy Networks Hub

Flexible Fund Call December 2021

Responding to the Climate Emergency: How Can Energy Networks Research Accelerate Progress Towards Net Zero Energy Systems?

 

We are delighted to announce the launch of our latest Flex Fund Call. The call aims to fund a maximim proposal value of £80k at 80% Full Economic Cost (FEC).  The total resource available for this call is £250k.

Deadline for full funding applications from invited applicants - 11 March 2022 at 4pm

In response to a renewed urgency from policymakers and Supergen’s Industrial Advisory Committee to achieve 78% reductions in emissions by 2035, SEN has designed a new Flex Fund call with a focus on accelerating change. This call invites researchers to submit a funding proposal for a project or activity that can be delivered within 12-months and produce research that aims to analyse and develop ways in which energy networks can accelerate progress towards net zero energy systems and/or to examine the impacts and risks of such energy network developments on the economy and society.

Proposals which explore this through consideration of the following are particularly welcome:

  • Understanding- Developing a deeper understanding of the interactions and interdependencies between multi-vector energy networks (gas, electricity, heat, transport).
  • Shaping- Designing and evaluating interventions to shape multi-vector energy networks, technology, markets and regulation in pursuit of greater sustainability, resilience and cost effectiveness.
  • Challenging- Anticipating and responding to future social technological and climate related challenges facing energy networks.

Applicants should demonstrate that their projects will result in the rapid adoption, deployment and scale up of innovative methods, systems, policies, or technologies which would drive just transitions to net-zero. We encourage applicants to submit collaborative proposals partnered with industry, NGO’s, policymakers, or charities (Supported by industrial-matched funding) to help build collaborative industrial relationships whilst de-risking the project for industry. We are particularly welcome proposals which bring knowledge and expertise from non-energy sectors.

As well as addressing the research questions with adventurous new ideas, it is anticipated that proposals will bring the following to the Supergen Energy Networks Hub:

  • Link to other significant UKRI energy research investments.
  • Address current research gaps within the energy networks field.
  • Introduce new organisations to the Supergen Hub consortium.
  • Introduce new skills, disciplines, and researchers to the Supergen Hub consortium
  • Develop the skills of researchers working in this domain (possibly including secondments into industry).
  • Introduce activities to maximise public engagement and awareness.

Funded projects will be required to produce a final report which summarises key outcomes as well as providing a summary of project activities and/or findings which will be published on the SEN Hub website.

Information Event

If you were unable to join the information event on the 8 December, a recording is available to view with passcode: 9+H$N3hM

The full call document is available to view.  To submit your proposal please complete the submission form below.

If you have any questions or queries about this call please do not hesitate to get in contact with either Linda Ward or Lindsey Allen: supergenen@newcastle.ac.uk