ISCF Prospering from the Energy Revolution - Call for the Energy Revolution Research Consortium

This funding call is part of the Government's Industrial Strategy Prospering from Energy Revolution (PFER) challenge programme. There are three key pillars to the Challenge:

  1. A series of smart local energy systems demonstrators and designs across the UK
  2. A series of innovation accelerator funding nationally and internationally
  3. Energy Revolution Research and Integration Network
    • The Energy Revolution Research Consortium (ERRC) focussed on enabling whole-systems interdisciplinary capability to drive the UK energy transition and market opportunity
    • Upskilled systems testing infrastructure to de-risk technologies and ready them for integration and scale-up deployment on real networks
    • Energy Revolution Integration Service led by the Energy Systems Catapult (ESC) providing project integration, innovation services and technical expertise across the programme

UKRI expects to commit up to £8 million to support a single Core Energy Revolution Research Consortium (ERRC Core) and up to £4 million of extra funding, subject to budgets and approval of the ISCF PFER Programme board, for further key research (ERRC Plus) related to the Core activity.

The ERRC will be intrinsically connected to all elements of the Challenge. The remit of the ERRC will include working with the ESC to enable and inform demonstrators and demonstrator design projects through their lifetime, and undertaking analysis and evaluation; building and driving best practice and leading knowledge exchange through national and international engagement with policy, academic and industrial communities. Further to this the ERRC will lead, shape and define a strategic programme of applied interdisciplinary research which must aim to achieve significant outputs in the area of whole systems energy research which can inform future energy investment by companies and government. The ERRC will aim to coordinate and integrate, through targeted investment, existing UK world-class knowledge, research teams and facilities.

The majority of Co-Investigators of the consortium must have attended the ERRC community building workshop which will take place in Birmingham on the 09-10 July 2018. It is also expected that the Principal Investigator of the consortium will have attended the workshop. It is expected that further academics join the Consortium post-workshop and prior to submission in particular to address any expertise gaps. There is no limit to the number of partner organisations eligible for funding or the number of project partners - wider engagement is encouraged.

Full proposals will be assessed at an interview stage by an expert panel on 09 October 2018 in London. Funding decisions are expected to be announced in November 2018 with grant start date on 01 December 2018.

It is envisaged that following the formation of the ERRC, UKRI will invite outline proposals for systems testing infrastructure across the UK. UKRI expect to commit up to £10 million (subject to approval of the ISCF PFER management board) to integrate and open up existing facilities, together with new infrastructure to de-risk technologies and ready them for integration and scale-up deployment on real networks. The facilities would provide technical and commercial guidance to identify and overcome system-level issues and barriers to market creation. The successful ERRC will be responsible for supporting UKRI to shape and refine the proposed testing facilities to meet emerging demonstrators' needs.

The Intent to Submit stage has now closed and one Intent to Submit has been received. The details are in the Intent to Submit file in the Resources Section below.

We are publishing this information in order to facilitate the building of the Consortium in advance of the deadline for the Full Proposal submission on 06 Sept 2018. If you feel you or your organisation would be able to make a significant contribution please get in touch with the bid team. Examples include: