Flexible Fund project announcement

30 Sep 2021

We are delighted to announce details of the successful projects awarded through the second call of our Flexible Research Fund. This call focused on topics that are important to understanding the effectiveness and impacts of policies directed at meeting the UK net zero target and the ‘green industrial revolution’ envisaged by the UK Government as part of its response to Covid-19.

Specifically the topics of focus were:

  • Delivering a 40 GW offshore wind target,
  • The economic impacts of heat system decarbonisation, and
  • Co-benefits: Covid-19 recovery, net zero and wider societal and environmental effects.

The four successful projects were awarded through a competitive round and will enable project teams to explore in detail some of the Governments’ announcements and plans for reaching net zero.

Awarded projects

Delivering a sustainable and equitable heat transition
PI: Karen Turner, University of Strathclyde

This project will identify and shape evidence-based, policy driven pathways which can successfully balance the conflicting technical, economic and socio-political dimensions of the residential heat transition in the UK.

Market and policy design for ambitious wind generation
PI: Richard Green, Imperial College London

This project aim is to present a market design and policy support package that allows the UK to meet its 2030 investment targets in an efficient manner and is robust against future increases in the level of renewable generation capacity.

Wind investment network for effective market design
PI: Nadia Ameli, University College London

This project will investigate the most effective means of incentivizing off shore wind investment, while rewarding the flexibility to match supply and demand.

Win-Window: Tracking the co-benefits of a green recovery
PI: Sarah Whitmee, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine

This project will explore and demonstrate the feasibility, methodology and data needed to develop a long-term, green recovery ‘Co-benefits Tracker’.

Further information

The Flexible Research Fund will allocate £3M over three years. The first round was allocated in January, find out about the successful projects here. The third and final call for applications is anticipated to take place later this year.

For further information, please contact Ioanna Ketsopoulou.