UKERC’s  Phase 4 programme includes a £3 million Flexible Research Fund that will be allocated via a series of three open calls, anticipated to take place in 2020 and 2021. The Fund is overseen by an independent Research Committee.

The aims of the Fund are:
  • To provide flexibility for the UKERC research programme in the light of new scientific insights or developments in policies, technologies or industries.
  • To bring a wider range of researchers and disciplines into UKERC’s research programme, including researchers from outside the ‘traditional’ energy community.
  • To scope and develop new research agendas in partnership with funders, the research community and other stakeholders; and to promote integration in the UKERC research programme, and to fill gaps where needed.

Four projects were awarded in January 2021 in response to our first call which focused on the areas of governance, cooling and finance.

We currently have an open call for applications for our second round of funding. This closes on the 21st May and is looking for projects that explore the effectiveness and impact of policies that form part of the ‘green industrial revolution’ envisaged by the UK Government as part of its response to Covid-19.

We have launched an online consultation to help inform and gather topics for our third and final round of funding. Share your ideas here.

The consultation will be open until the 14th June. In addition to the consultation we are also running an online scoping workshop on the 8th June.

For more information please contact Ioanna Ketsopoulou.