Decarbonising Transport Network+ (full proposals)

This call is only open for those who have been selected to submit a proposal based on a successful outline proposal.

Up to £4 million (£5M FEC) is available to fund 4-5 Networks plus concerned with aspects of decarbonising the UK transport system. Each Network should request funding to support of core research, flexible fund, and support staff (including a Hub Manager) as well as communications, engagement and networking activities.

EPSRC will look to fund proposals that collectively span the breadth of technological approaches to the challenge of decarbonising transport, outlined below. While multi-disciplinarity is encouraged, the clear majority of partners and research each network supports should have a scientific and technological approaches which fall within the remit of ESPRC.

This call is for full proposals and is open only for those bids which were successful at the outline stage. Proposals will undergo full peer review and assessment at an interview panel.

Funding may be available to support a networks co-ordinator role, to be based in one of the successful networks; applicants should make clear in their cover letter if they would like to be considered for this role. Applicants successful at outline stage will be asked to indicate whether they wish to apply for these additional funds. These will be allocated via an additional funding stream, not be costed within a proposal, and will be awarded based on performance at the interview stage of the peer review process. The role will ensure all networks have joint events, communications and strategic overlaps. It should not be costed into any individual proposal.

EPSRC do not expect to duplicate investments, and a key criterion will be the additionality that a network brings to the landscape. Proposals should demonstrate how they will bring large, complementary UKRI and public investments together with industry and other partners under a single unifying vision.

Due to current funding, Networks in Batteries and Energy Storage are not in scope for this call, though including investments in that space and networking them with relevant other groups to achieve a separate challenge is encouraged.

The networks+ should take note and act upon the EPSRC Balancing Capability strategies, making direct reference to their relevance and how they achieve those strategies within the case for support.

Those successful at outline stage have been invited to submit to full proposal through Je-S in October 2018. This will undergo full peer review and go to an interview panel in February 2019.