EPSRC and ETI announce creation of David Clarke Fellowships

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Three new postdoctoral fellowships that will support researchers investigating new energy projects are to be jointly funded by the Energy Technologies Institute (ETI) and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC). Named in honour of Dr David Clarke, ETI’s former Chief Executive Officer who sadly passed away in February 2017, the David Clarke Fellowships will be launched at the ETI’s 10 Years of Innovation conference and exhibition held today, Tuesday 21 November, at County Hall, Belvedere Road, London.

There will be at least one fellowship per year for the next three years. Applicants will be required to submit proposals that meet a set of criteria. They should encourage academic and industry partnerships, and address interdisciplinary research questions that ensure work does not only focus on technical solutions but sets them in a broader system, market and societal context.

In addition, the fellowships must be focused on a low carbon initiative within the Energy sector and evidence their impact and National Importance. They should engage, with active support from universities, with industry, end users and Government to align with their needs and those of other stakeholders.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive, said: “I had the pleasure of knowing David Clarke in a professional and personal capacity and valued him immensely both as a colleague and a friend. He had real enthusiasm for, and deep commitment to, ETI’s aims of improving energy supply whilst addressing the challenges of climate change, and this shone out from his work and his relations with others.

“David was a strong advocate for the role of research in informing policy and in steering the country to a sustainable future. That is why EPSRC is proud to be associated with these new fellowships named in his memory. His dedication and optimism will live on through the work of others.”

Jonathan Wills, CEO at the Energy Technologies Institute, said:

“David was the very first employee appointed at the ETI. For more than nine years he led the organisation with tenacity and vision, and was a colleague and friend to us all. The David Clarke Fellowships will honour his passion and dedication to advancing low carbon technology for the UK and beyond.

“Supporting the recipient to devote their time to delivering the vision in their research, the fellowships will help to develop leaders of the future and continue David’s legacy in which the ETI has sought to accelerate the development of low carbon technology.”

These prestigious fellowships are designed to encourage awardees to create active stakeholder engagement in their research, reflecting the passions of Dr David Clarke for encouraging others to work together towards the delivery of a low carbon energy system for the future.

The David Clarke fellows will benefit from advice from a mentor throughout the duration of their fellowship; especially in their first and final year. They will also be monitored by an advisory group to whom they will feed back on developments in their research and their overall progress.

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

As the main funding agency for engineering and physical sciences research, our vision is for the UK to be the best place in the world to Research, Discover and Innovate.

By investing £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation. Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture.

We work collectively with our partners and other Research Councils on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

About the ETI

The ETI is a public-private partnership between global energy and engineering companies – BP, Caterpillar, EDF, Rolls-Royce and Shell – and the UK Government.

The role of the ETI is to act as a conduit between academia, industry and the government to accelerate the development of low carbon technologies. We bring together engineering projects that develop affordable, secure and sustainable technologies to help the UK address its long-term emissions reductions targets as well as delivering nearer term benefits.

We make targeted commercial investments in nine technology programmes across heat, power, transport and the infrastructure that links them.

For more information about the ETI, visit the ETI website.

Reference: PN 73-17