UKERC awarded £1.5M to establish Networking Fund for Energy Research Community

The UK Energy Research Centre has been awarded £1.5 million by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to develop and deliver a Whole Systems Networking Fund, aimed at improving communications and collaboration between whole systems energy researchers and those engaged in more disciplinary focussed areas of research.

UKERC was invited to lead and develop the fund proposal on behalf of the resarch community following consultations with senior academics funded by the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, including Directors of Supergen hubs and End Use Energy Demand Centres. The fund has four objectives:

  • To improve the connections and collaborations between the research communities engaged in whole systems energy research and those engaged in more specific research
  • To provide mechanisms for collaboration that encourage diversity, with a particular emphasis on providing opportunities for early career researchers
  • To identify and learn lessons from best practice within the UK and internationally
  • To work with policy, business and civil society to identify opportunities for wider engagement and impact

UKERC will be holding a series of roadshows across the UK to promote the fund and outline its desired outcomes and evaluation criteria, and launching an open call in August, to be followed by a large projects call in October. The fund will be governed by a steering group of representatives from the UK energy research community.

To receive updates about the Whole Systems Energy Networking Fund or for further information, please email You can also follow us on Twitter @UKERCHQ and keep an eye on our website where key dates and timeframes will be announced.

Read the full announcement here.

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