Supergen ORE Hub launches funding programme to further offshore renewable energy research

06 March 2020

The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub has launched its second round of Flexible Funding to advance research into the opportunities and challenges of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

This second round of Flexible Funding will award a total of up to £1.2m to researchers at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Research Council Institutes and Centres, and Independent Research Organisations (IROs) approved by UKRI, to seed areas that complement existing research, fill gaps or add cross cutting activities to explore the transfer of research findings between sectors within ORE.

In this round of funding, the Supergen ORE Hub has additional in-kind contributions from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult. The Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Catapult is supporting the funding call by offering in-kind research resource from one or more of its network of Research Hubs. This will involve a collaboration with some of the winning projects and the provision of Catapult support and additional PhD/PDRA Research Hub resource for up to 12 months.

Paul McKeever, Head of Electrical Research for ORE Catapult and Chair of the Supergen ORE Hub Industry Advisory Board, said:

“The Catapult’s network of Research Hubs, covering wind turbine blades, electrical infrastructure and powertrains, works to align industry-driven innovation priorities with applied academic research so that we can drive new products and services into the sector, improving productivity and efficiency and reducing energy costs.


“Aligning our relevant research priorities with Supergen ORE’s Flexible Funding calls is a win-win – encouraging vital collaboration between industry and academia to solve many of the technology challenges facing the offshore renewable energy sector today.”

Professor Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth, and Director of the Supergen ORE Hub, said:

“The UK is at the forefront of development, adoptions and export of offshore renewable technologies, and this second round of flexible funding will allow UK-based researchers to deliver fundamental and applied research to advance the sector. Additional industrial support from ORE Catapult strengthens academic-industry collaboration in the ORE sector.”

In 2019 the Supergen ORE Hub awarded almost £1m to ten projects in its first round of Flexible Funding. Funded projects included investigations into the recycling process of wind turbine blades, the development of underwater robotic fish for device inspection, and using satellite data for enabling cost reduction of marine renewables. A full list of the previous awardees can be found online.

Expressions of Interest (EOI) for the Flexible Funding are open now, with a closing date of 5:00pm (GMT) on 3 April 2020. Applications should be submitted electronically through an online EOI form which can be found in the Flexible Funding call document. More details including the full call document are available on the Supergen ORE Hub website at


Notes to Editors 

For more information about this news release, contact Supergen ORE Hub Communications and Engagement Officer, Kirsty Henderson on 01752 587881 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


The Supergen ORE Hub 

The Hub is a £9 Million Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funded project. Led by Prof. Deborah Greaves OBE, Head of the School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics at the University of Plymouth, the Hub is a consortium of Universities researching Offshore Renewable Energy which also includes University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, University of Exeter, University of Hull, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Southampton, University of Strathclyde and University of Warwick. 

The Supergen ORE Hub is one of several Hubs created by EPSRC to deliver sustained and coordinated research on Sustainable PowER GENeration and supply. 

The Supergen ORE Hub brings together and builds on the work of the former Wind and Marine Supergen Hubs following consultation with the research community. The new hub looks for synergies between wind, wave and tidal technologies as well as building on current research in each area. 

About the University of Plymouth 

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation.

With a mission to Advance Knowledge and Transform Lives, Plymouth is a *top 50 research university with clusters of world class research across a wide range of disciplines including marine science and engineering, medicine, cybersecurity and psychology. A three-time winner of the Queen’s Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education, most recently in 2020 in respect of its pioneering research on microplastics pollution in the oceans and its impact on the environment and changing behaviour, the University continues to grow in stature and reputation.

It has a strong track record for teaching and learning excellence, and has one of the highest numbers of National Teaching Fellows of any UK university. With over 19,000 students, and a further 9,500 studying for a Plymouth degree at partner institutions in the UK and around the world, and over 135,000 alumni pursuing their chosen careers globally, it has a growing global presence.

* Research Fortnight Research Power League Table 2014.

About the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult

ORE Catapult was established in 2013 by the UK Government and is part of a network of Catapults set up by Innovate UK in high growth industries. It is the UK’s leading innovation centre for offshore renewable energy.

Independent and trusted, with a unique combination of world-leading test and demonstration facilities and engineering and research expertise, ORE Catapult convenes the sector and delivers applied research, accelerating technology development, reducing risk and cost and enhancing UK-wide economic growth.

Active throughout the UK, ORE Catapult has operations in Glasgow, Blyth, Levenmouth, Aberdeen, the Humber, the South West and Wales and operates a collaborative research partnership in China.