UKRI will commit up to £8 million to support a single Core Energy Revolution Research Consortium (ERRC Core) and up to £4 million of extra funding, for further key research (ERRC Plus) related to the Core activity.

The Energy Revolution Research Consortium (ERRC) will be intrinsically connected to all elements of the Government's Industrial Strategy Prospering from Energy Revolution (PFER) challenge programme.

The remit of the ERRC will include working with the Energy Services Catapult to enable and inform demonstrators and demonstrator design projects through their lifetime, and undertaking analysis and evaluation; building and driving best practice and leading knowledge exchange through national and international engagement with policy, academic and industrial communities.

The ERRC will lead, shape and define a strategic programme of applied interdisciplinary research which must aim to achieve significant outputs in the area of whole systems energy research which can inform future energy investment by companies and government. The ERRC will aim to coordinate and integrate, through targeted investment, existing UK world-class knowledge, research teams and facilities.

Workshop

The majority of co-investigators of the consortium must have attended the ERRC community building workshop which will take place in Birmingham on 9-10 July 2018. It is also expected that the principal investigator of the consortium will have attended the workshop. It is expected that further academics join the consortium after the workshop and prior to submission in particular to address any expertise gaps. There is no limit to the number of partner organisations eligible for funding or the number of project partners - wider engagement is encouraged.

Assessment

Full proposals will be assessed at an interview stage by an expert panel on 9 October 2018 in London. Funding decisions are expected to be announced in November 2018 with grant start date on 1 December 2018.

Key dates

  • Deadline for intent to submit - 16:00 on 24 July 2018
  • Deadline for full proposals - 16:00 on 6 September 2018
  • Interview panel - 9 October 2018
  • Funding decision - November 2018
  • Grant start date - 1 December 2018

How to apply

For full details, including how to apply, visit the EPSRC website.