Key Research Challenge Themes

Many industry roadmaps have been developed for Offshore Renewable Energy. These roadmaps are generally on a sectoral basis (for offshore wind and marine, with wave and tidal often considered together).

To develop the area, or 'research challenges', strategy for the Supergen ORE Hub and its associated programme of Core and Flexible Fund supported research, these roadmaps have been synthesised through extensive consultation exercises with industry and other stakeholders, including the Advisory Board and Research Alignment Group.. These exercises have resulted in the identification of following key Research Challenge themes, which the Supergen ORE Hub will look to address through its Flexible Funding scheme.

Research Themes



Resource and environment characterisation


Fluid structure seabed interaction


Materials and manufacturing


Sensing, control and electro-mechanics


Survivability, reliability and design


Operations, management, maintenance and safety


Environmental and ecosystem aspects


Marine socio-economics and governance

The Flexible Fund will seed areas that complement existing research, fill gaps or add cross-cutting activities to explore the transfer of research findings between sectors within ORE, under the Research Theme headings as set out above. More detail of the research challenges within each of these themes can be found in our Research Landscape

See our Flexible Funding projects from previous calls below

Funding Call 4 – July 2023

For our fourth Flexible Funding call we’ve funded 10 successful awards, representing almost £970,000 of investment, of which £170,000 has been funded by Wave Energy Scotland and the ORE Catapult Floating Offshore Wind Centre of Excellence.

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Funding Call 3 – April 2021

For our third Flexible Funding call we’ve funded 8 successful awards, representing almost £800,000 of investment. Projects include investigation into new sustainable tidal turbine blade materials, obtaining systemic long-term measurements of underwater noise from operational floating offshore wind turbines, and investigating fatigue data for flexible membrane wave energy converters amongst others.

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Funding Call 2 - March 2020

Our second Flexible Funding call was another success with over 120 applicants and 12 successful awards, representing £1.2m of investment. Awards ranged from research into "Advanced, Modular Power Take-Off Design for Marine Energy Converters" to "Improved Models for Multivariate Metocean Extremes"

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Funding Call 1 - April 2019

Our inaugural Flexible Funding call was hugely successful with over 80 applicants and 10 successful awards, representing £1m of investment. Awards ranged from research into "Autonomous Biomimetic Robot-fish for Offshore Wind Farm Inspection" to "Flow measurement for accurate tidal turbine design"

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