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Scotland’s Blue Growth Data Challenge – Open

Highlands & Islands Enterprise, the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA), The Data Lab & the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) launched Scotland's Blue Growth Data Challenge - an open innovation competition which aims to harness creative thinking & data science to undertake analysis and design new data products for the benefit of our local and global marine environment, communities & economy.

Orkney is home to the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC). This is the world’s only accredited centre offering full scale, grid-connected test facilities for developers of wave and tidal energy devices. This year, EMEC are making their datasets openly available for anyone to explore for the first time ever!

Scotland's Blue Growth Data Challenge aims to inspire ingenuity and excellence in applying data science to EMEC's open data with data with any other accessible data sets including those from the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications.

Anyone can take part. If you are studying, working with or researching data or the marine environment and you believe that you can creatively work with open data to create a useful output, please get involved and take part in the Blue Growth Data Challenge!

Get involved and register to be a participant now! Click here for more information 


ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme 2018

The call for the ETP Energy Industry Doctorate Programme 2018 is now formally open. The deadline for applications is 31st August 2018.

The ETP is making £200k available to support at least 6 studentships on the usual 1/3:1/3:1/3 basis ie. after the ETP contribution you will need a business partner willing to contribute at least £30K over the three-year term with the balance coming from the University. Proposals must have both a main academic supervisor (where the student is based) and a secondary co-supervisor in a different ETP partner university. A letter of support is required with the proposal from the co-supervisor in the co-university confirming their level of engagement with the project, and evidence will be sought during the course of the project that the co-supervisor is indeed engaging with the project and the student.

The studentship must start by 28th February 2019

An Application Form is attached. You can also find this at and from the link below

Further information and guidance notes on making an application can be found at

Your application will be assessed according to:

- the themes of the Scottish Government’s Energy Strategy (download at
- demand driven by energy industry
- academic quality
- alignment with the ETP mission & objectives.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Must the industry partner be based in Scotland? No, theindustry partner need not be based in Scotland. Companies based in England, Wales and Northern Ireland or even overseas are also eligible as partners (11.06.18)

Is a not for profit entity an eligible partner? Yes, as long as the NFP is able to make the contribution required, it will be considered an eligible partner (12.06.18)

Can my partner contribute in kind? No. The 'industry' partner must make its contribution to the project in cash (13.06.18)

How do I get the University to agree to its contribution? Please talk to your School office and submit an outline proposal on WorkTribe as you would any grant application for which you seek School approval (12.06.18)

EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) Research Fund - Call for Expressions of Interest

The EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration (CESI) brings together an interdisciplinary team of experts to gain a deeper understanding of the value of taking a whole systems energy approach to the energy trilemma. CESI is a consortium of five research intensive universities and a wide range of public and industrial sector partners.

This the first call for proposals for collaborative research with the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration’s £800,000 research fund. We are seeking research proposals from universities or other institutions eligible to hold Research Council awards to provide additional resources and skills to the CESI whole energy systems research.

This first call is aimed at expanding the institutions collaborating with CESI. CESI is requesting proposals that add value to the work already programmed and provide one or more of the following criteria to CESI: -

  • Extend or enhance the CESI research programme
  • Link aspects to other UKRI research programmes
  • Address gaps
  • Introduce new organisations to the CESI consortium
  • Introduce new skills and disciplines to the CESI consortium
  • Fits with the UKRI mission of ensuring research and innovation continues to flourish in the UK
  • Investigates emerging challenges and opportunities identified within whole energy systems within the last 24 months
  • Introduces emerging tools, techniques and/or methods identified within whole energy systems within the last 24 months

Applicants are asked to make submissions for work that can be delivered either in 3 months, 6 months or 1year. Costings for the proposals should be based on standard EPSRC rules.  The funding is primarily for researcher salary costs but some capital allowance funds may be allowed if a very strong case is made that it is a fundamental requirement to provide the research.

For more information and how to submit an EOI click here


Energy Investment Fund

The Energy Investment Fund (EIF) is a £20 million Scottish Government fund managed and delivered by the Scottish Investment Bank (part of Scottish Enterprise). It builds on the success of the now closed Renewable Energy Investment Fund, providing commercial investment and debt finance for renewable and low carbon energy projects. For those of you in the water sector, this could include projects involving hydro-electricity, heat from water or geothermal heat for example.

EIF focuses on:

  • Increasing community ownership of energy projects in Scotland;
  • Accelerating the development of commercial low carbon energy projects in Scotland

Projects must have a demonstrable funding gap, be located in Scotland and have the potential to provide economic benefit. EIF will only invest where there is a funding gap in a project’s funding package.

Community groups and projects in the process of assembling a funding package should contact the EIF team early in the process to register interest.

Priority will be given to submissions received by 20 July 2018. Submissions received after will be considered depending on availability of budget. If you're seeking funding for projects beyond 31 March 2019, we'll be happy to talk you through your funding options.

Please follow the link below for further information. You can also contact Michelle Howell, Team Leader Energy Investment at Scottish Enterprise (email above or 0141 468 5913).

Guide for Heriot-watt Researchers Seeking Innovate UK Funding

Here you can download a  quick guide for anyone dealing with Innovate UK grants. It explains the Innovation Funding Service (online portal) and goes over the parts of the application HWU will be responsible for.

Download here

Further details, contact Craig Landt by e-mail or call +44 131 451 3224

ISCF Prospering from the Energy Revolution Challenge

Smart Local Energy Systems: Concepts and Designs

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to design smart local energy systems.

Competition opens: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Competition closes: Wednesday 25 July 2018 12:00pm

UK Research and Innovation will invest up to £1.5 million to fund revolutionary concept and design studies for new, smarter approaches to local energy. These approaches must aim to provide cleaner, cheaper energy services for UK consumers in the 2020s while helping make communities more prosperous and resilient.

Designs must combine new and existing energy technologies with:

  • smart systems
  • new market and regulatory solutions, such as for energy trading
  • consumer engagement
  • They must create scalable and replicable business models, ready for investment in the early 2020s.

The best projects will be invited to develop their ideas further in a future competition as part of the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme.

Total project costs can be between £100,000 and £200,000. Projects can last a maximum of 6 months. All projects must start by January 2019, and end by July 2019.

More details and how to apply here


Smart Local Energy Systems - Demonstrators

UK organisations can apply for a share of up to £40 million to develop world-class smart local energy system demonstrators.

Competition opens: Tuesday 8 May 2018
Competition closes: Wednesday 25 July 2018 12:00pm

UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £40 million from the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This competition aims to invest in up to 3 world-leading practical smart energy systems demonstrators. These will include new business models that intelligently link supply, storage and demand patterns across power, heating and transport. The result will be a dynamic energy system that can:

  • dramatically reduce whole system energy costs and emissions
  • transform services to users
  • improve efficiency, productivity and resilience
  • reduce environmental impacts

Projects must demonstrate new, smarter, local energy approaches at scale, which can:

  • provide cleaner, cheaper, more desirable energy services for the end user 
  • lead to more prosperous and resilient communities
  • prove new business models that are suitable for investment and can grow and replicate in the 2020s
  • provide evidence on the impacts and efficiency of novel energy system approaches by the early 2020s

Projects will be expected to work closely with and share information with programme stakeholders.

Total project costs can be between £26 million and £160 million. To request more than £13 million in grant funding contact InnovateUK by 18 June. Projects can last between 24 and 36 months starting by January 2019 and ending by March 2022 including evaluation.

More details and how to apply here

Download the presentations from the London Briefing event here

View a recording from the day here

 Energy Revolution Research Consortium call

UK Research and Innovation will commit up to £12m over four years to establish the ERRC, a network of multi-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary researchers, and key stakeholders, to work together on smart local energy systems. A consortium-building workshop will be held in Birmingham on 9th-10th July 2018 and will be an opportunity for potential applicants to explore and shape what the structure of the ERRC might look like, and what services and support it will offer, for instance in system modelling and access to test facilities. The call for expressions of interest to join the workshop will close at 4pm on 15th June 2018. Click here for more information and to register your interest.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships - What they are and how to get them

KTPs are an initiative from Innovate UK designed to facilitate the transfer of knowledge from academia to a business of any size. This is done through the employment of a KTP associate by the University through a grant to the University from Innovate UK. These associates are frequently a Master's or PhD.

As the grant is made to the University, the business does not incur State Aid issues

Download a presentation from Jim Berryman, KTN on the KTP initiative here

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