The UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)is offering Grants for Digital solutions to reduce energy demand and carbon production.
- Total fund: £400,000
- They plan to award approximately eight proposals from this opportunity.
- Grants must start on 1 December 2021.
- It is expected that proposals will be:
- up to 12 months in duration
- up to £62,500 full economic cost – they will fund at 80% (£50,000) of this.
- Equipment over £10,000 in value (including VAT) is not available through this call. Smaller items of equipment (individually under £10,000) should be in the ‘directly incurred – other costs’ heading.
Your project could focus on:
- sustainable digital technologies
- business model innovations
- digital-enabled analysis of embodied emissions.
- This is an opportunity for funding novel short-term research studies in fundamental EPS research which focus on the interface of digital technologies and decarbonisation.
- Funding is available for feasibility studies that explore how digital technology can be used to support the reduction in energy demand and carbon production on the journey to net zero.
- Your project must address one of the following research themes:
- development or application (or both development and application) of sustainable digital technologies to manage supply and demand
- business model innovations to support the digitalisation of energy
- digital-enabled analysis of embodied emissions along whole value chains and embedded in product solutions.
- For these research themes, applicants should consider the different actors, including (but not limited to) industry and communities which are energy poor. Proposals can be submitted that focus on either:
- specific sectors, industries or both
- the development of cross-cutting capabilities.
- While they understand research in this area can be interdisciplinary, the majority of the project must be in the remit of EPSRC.
- Standard EPSRC eligibility rules apply.
- Research grants are open to:
- UK higher education institutions
- research council institutes
- UKRI-approved independent research organisations
- eligible public sector research establishments
- NHS bodies with research capacity.
- You can only be an investigator on one proposal submitted to this opportunity (as either principal or co-investigator).
- You can apply if you are resident in the UK and meet at least one of the eligibility criteria below: are employed at the submitting research organisation at a level equivalent to lecturer or above
- hold a fixed-term contract that extends beyond the duration of the proposed project, and the host research organisation is prepared to give you all the support normal for a permanent employee
- hold an EPSRC, Royal Society or Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship aimed at later career stages
- hold fellowships under other schemes (please contact EPSRC to check eligibility, which is considered on a case-by-case basis).
- Holders of postdoctoral level fellowships are not eligible to apply for an EPSRC grant.
For more information, visit https://beta.ukri.org/opportunity/digital-solutions-to-reduce-energy-demand-and-carbon-production/