Joint UK-China Offshore Renewables Energy (ORE)

This is the second of three calls planned under the "UK-China Joint Programme in Low Carbon Innovation" MOU between EPSRC and NSFC. This programme builds on a successful history of collaboration between EPSRC, NERC and NSFC across a range of topics.

The programme contributes to a broader strategic portfolio of energy research including the RCUK Energy Programme and EPSRC's ambition to develop the next generation of technologies for the safe, secure, cheap and efficient provision of clean energy, and falls under NERC's 'Benefiting from natural resources' strategic theme. Similarly NSFC supports a range of energy research both nationally and internationally and supports basic research that meets the objectives of the NSFC 13th five-year plan, including promoting innovation and economic development through research.

Applications are invited focusing on one or more of the following areas:

  1. Array infrastructure and network resilience
  2. Integrated offshore natural resource systems
  3. High efficiency ORE-to-wire design with scaled modelling
  4. Building resilience against extreme events into ORE systems
  5. Natural resource characterisation to support development of large ORE arrays

Up to £4M is available to support UK researchers for up to five awards in the order of up to £800K (80% fEC), with a duration period of three years. It will be matched with NSFC funding of up to 3M RMB per project to support Chinese researchers.

All joint proposals must be received via both the NSFC e-submission system by 16:00 Beijing Time, and the Research Councils' Joint e-System (Je-S) by 16:00 GMT on 02 March 2017.

An Expression of Interest must be submitted to EPSRC or NERC before 16.00 on 10 February 2017; applicants that do not register with their intent will have their applications rejected.

Please note the following:

  • Significant interest in this call is expected. Please bear this in mind and think very seriously when considering how and whether to develop your proposal, and only take it forward if you are very sure that it will be competitive at this level.
  • Applicants must describe how the proposed UK funded work is ODA-compliant. For further information on ODA, please refer to Official Development Assistance - RCUK Newton Fund Guidance (PDF 100KB).

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