Opportunity: Energy Efficiency : Interreg NWE Programme 5th Call

The next call for project proposals of the Interreg North West Europe Programme will be open from 18 April to 24 May 2017.  This programme is looking for transnational cooperation initiatives that can deliver concrete results for the North-West Europe area and its citizens. If you have an idea that could make one of the programme objectives a reality, contact Kathryn Brown or Alison Merchant for more information.

Funding Opportunity: EPSRC Fellowships

EPSRC has a number of opportunities for early career andepsrc established researcher fellowships.  The areas currently open include:

Energy, including bio-energy, carbon capture, energy networks, hydrogen and fuel cells, marine energy and many others

ICT (with engineering),  including Robotics, control systems and ICT with mathematical sciences


Opportunities: Innovate UK

innovateThere are still open opportunities with Innovate UK:

Energy Catalyst round 4: Technology innovation is needed to solve the global energy sector ‘trilemma’ of: low carbon, security of supply and affordability.  We are looking for innovative solutions in any technology or sector area. For round 4, applications must also be relevant to the needs of developing countries. Find out more and apply >

Cutting the costs of wave energy: Wave Energy Scotland is seeking business projects that look at ways of building wave energy converters with alternative materials that could significantly reduce the overall cost of producing energy from waves. Businesses could win contracts of up to £300,000. Find out more and apply >

EDF Energy inspection Innovation Challenge
: Businesses and consortia can apply for up to £10,000 to develop new inspection methods for nuclear reactors and offshore wind farms. Find out more and apply >

Innovation in infrastructure systems: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in projects that will develop solutions to challenges in the infrastructure systems sector including: affordable, sustainable and secure energy, connected transport, urban living and integrated infrastructure. Find out more and apply >

Low emission freight and logistics trial: The Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) and Innovate UK are to invest up to £24 million to enable industry-led research trials and development of innovative vehicles or on-vehicle technology. These need to provide real-world emissions reductions. This is for the freight, logistics, utilities and emergency industries.

Funding Award: Integrated Renewable Energy for a Resilient Aceh (Indonesia)

Funded by : NEWTON FUND Institutional Links Award: 100K GBP Awarded from UK – Match Funded by Indonesia

UK Lead Partner: Dr. Leuserina Garniati & Dr. Alan Owen from Robert Gordon University (RGU)

Indonesia Partners: Prof. Muhammad Dirhamsyah & Muhammad Tadjuddin from Syiah Kuala University (UNSYIAH); Yakob Ishadamy from Strategic Resources Initiative (SRI); Abdus Syakur from Aceh Marine & Fisheries Agency (Aceh DKP)

In addressing energy & food security improving maritime productivity is the main goal for Aceh and addressing energy & food security. On-site observations & intensive stakeholder engagement by the project partners shows that low productivity is largely due to low engagement with, and low aptitude for using appropriate, sustainable energy technology as locally driven business practices.

Aceh 2a

Prawn hatchery freshwater supply

In line with the UK – Indonesia bilateral maritime focal programmes, this project contributes to the economic development &social welfare of communities in wider Indonesia by creating a step change towards appropriately designed & managed sustainable energy systems for maritime productivity. This action research moves through 4 linked stages; demonstrate integration of renewable energy systems; apply appropriate technology; embed training programme to meet community’s aspirations; and initiate business models that can create wider benefits.

The action research will lead to positive impacts on livelihood of low income people through applying Integrated Renewable Energy (IRE) systems to existing & aspirational economic sectors.

  •  Aquaculture & salt production home industries
  • Quayside services storage, processing, packaging providing added value to products
  • Sustainable tourism
  • Local business unit incubation


Aceh 3

Prawn aquaculture ponds

Aceh 4a

Stakeholder Focus Group Discussion (Marine & Fisheries, Energy & Mineral Resources, Universities & Polytechnics; Community Groups, NGOs and other third sectors)

The expected outputs include showcase of operational IRE sites, policy recommendations to relevant Ministries, and strategic briefs to Planning Agencies


Funding Opportunity: Innovate UK Energy Catalyst

The fourth round of the Energy Catalyst is now open – check out the details here
Technology innovation is needed to solve the global energy sector trilemma of:

  • low carbon
  • security of supply
  • affordability.

There are 3 awards, each open to businesses, universities and research organisations:

  • early-stage award – technical feasibility
  • mid-stage awards – technology development
  • late-stage awards – pre-commercial technology validation