Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries

This call is supported through EPSRC's Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) allocation. The aim of this activity is to support an internationally leading programme of research to tackle the energy distribution challenges faced by developing countries.

Proposals to this call must focus on sustainable local energy networks, including off-grid to grid transitions. The proposed research must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed. Proposals must also be compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines.

Appropriate collaborators in one or more low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) are a mandatory requirement for proposals submitted through this call. These collaborators may be academic researchers and/or research users. Overseas Co-Investigators must be researchers based in research organisations in countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including upper-middle income countries. We will also support costs associated with research conducted in LMICs, e.g. consumables, field work.

Applicants should note that all Co-Investigators will need to have a Je-S account before they can be added to the Je-S proposal form; the individual Co-Investigators will also need to activate their account. Please also be aware that if the Co-Investigator's institution is not listed in our grants database a request will need to be submitted for that institution to be added before a Je-S account can be created. Please allow plenty of time to complete the necessary steps before the closing date of the call.

Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) via the form on this page by 16:00 on 17 August 2017 to be considered through this call. Full proposals from applicants who have not previously submitted an Expression of Interest will not be considered. Please note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call. The EoI form includes the following required fields:

  • Principal Investigator (PI) name
  • Lead UK Research Organisation (RO)
  • Names of any other partner UK ROs
  • Partner low-/middle-income countries
  • PI contact email address
  • Summary of research project (up to 300 words)
  • ODA statement (see guidance in full call document; up to 300 words)
  • Approximate funding to be requested from EPSRC

The call for full proposals closes at 16:00 on Thursday 21 September 2017. Up to £7.5 million is available from EPSRC for this call. We aim to support six to eight research projects through this activity.