Deadline: 15 May 2020
The Applied Research Programme on Energy and Economic Growth (EEG) is inviting research proposals to explore the interdependencies between the resilience of populations and the resilience of power systems to large scale health crises such as COVID 19 and through that to propose policy lessons for future energy system planning.
This call for proposals warmly welcomes research proposals that aim to provide insight into the relationship between COVID 19 and power systems.
A total budget of £200,000 has been allocated for this call, although EEG reserve the right to adjust this figure up or down depending on the quality and quantity of proposals received. EEG anticipate making between 1 and 4 grants.
Thematic and Geographical Scope
- EEG will commission rigorous applied research projects that aim to shed light on the relationship between COVID 19 and power systems in Sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia.
- The following is a list of potential areas of research. It is not an exclusive list however and proposals to explore other relevant are welcome. In each case the principle purpose of the proposal must be to learn lessons from the COVID pandemic that would be applicable to future power supply planning, operation, and maintenance.
- The importance of functioning power supplies in underpinning populations’ resilience to pandemics such as COVID.
- The impacts of COVID 19 on the resilience and functioning of power systems
- Changes caused by the COVID 19 pandemic that could either hamper or provide opportunities to increase the rate of decarbonisation of power systems in the future
- Applicants are required to describe the proposed research design and methodological approach.
- Note: The methodological design will be reviewed by a panel including leading experts in the field. Where applicable, EEG expect proposals to explain the impact of travel and social isolation on the feasibility of the methodological approach, and the steps that will be taken to overcome these challenges.
For more information, visit https://energyeconomicgrowth.org/content/call-proposals-covid-19-and-power-systems