Joint UK/India Energy Demand Reduction in the Built Environment Call

The Government of India's Department of Science and Technology (DST) and EPSRC and ESRC, as part of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) Energy Programme, jointly invite proposals for collaborative research projects focussing on reducing energy demand in the built environment as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund.

RCUK and DST are looking to strengthen collaboration between UK and Indian research institutions. India is one of the RCUK priority countries for increasing research collaboration, with the objective of pairing the best UK researchers with the best overseas. Likewise, DST also accords high priority to research collaboration with the UK.

The call topic of reducing energy demand in the built environment was agreed upon through a dialogue between the RCUK Energy Programme and DST. The topic was discussed at a joint India/UK workshop in New Delhi in April 2016 and a number of priority areas were identified. The report of the workshop (PDF) can be found at the RCUK website.

On behalf of the RCUK Energy Programme this call is being administered on the UK side by EPSRC, as part of the Newton Bhabha Fund. However, interdisciplinary proposals which include social science in the remit of the UK's Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) are strongly encouraged.

The topic aligns closely to EPSRC's End-Use Energy Demand research area and DST's Clean Energy Research Initiative (CERI).

Only joint UK/India collaborative proposals are eligible for the call. In addition applicants must fulfil eligibility requirements of the UK Research Councils or DST as applicable.

Proposals will be assessed by expert peer reviewers, and those that are sufficiently strongly supported will be advanced to a funding prioritisation panel in June/July 2017. Funding decisions are expected to be made in July 2017.