Supergen ORE Hub - Flexible Fund Programme - Call for Proposals                         Supergen Roundel Colour 01 01

April 2019


Proposals are invited for research-related activities which support the Supergen ORE Hub core objectives. 


    Summary of call details:

Anticipated Value per Proposal

                          £100,000 at 80% FEC*

Funding level available

                                     80% of FEC

Total available resource available for this 1st call

                      Up to £1,000,000at 80% FEC**

Proposal call opens

                                   17th April 2019

Closing date for Proposals

                                  12th June 2019

Date for notification of successful and unsuccessful Proposals

                                 w/c 15thJuly2019

Date for exchange of Flexible Fund grant conditions 

                                   w/c 29th July 2019

Expected start date of successful proposalspost award

                                 1st October 2019

*Please see section - "Scope of flexible funding call" in the link to the call document provided below for further details  

**If all monies are not allocated in the first submission round, the Supergen ORE Hub Management Board retains the right to re-allocate funds into subsequent funding calls 

About this call:

This is the first call for proposals from the Supergen ORE Hub Flexible Funding research fund. We are seeking research proposals from Universities or other institutions eligible to hold UKRI awards to facilitate a programme of co-ordinated UK led ORE research projects aligned with, and in partnership with the Hub. 

Many industry roadmaps have been developed for ORE. These roadmaps are generally on a sectoral basis (for offshore wind and marine, with wave and tidal often considered together). To develop the area 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 Hub Advisory Board and Research Alignment Group.  These exercises have resulted in the identification of following key Research Challenge themes:


Key Research Challenge 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. Proposals are invited across themes A to F that fit within the EPSRC remit, and where appropriate are encouraged to include elements of environment and socio-economics research themes G and H.

Please download the full call document for proposals HERE


For this call, full proposals are invited from eligible UK researchers, i.e. applicants based in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Research Council Institutes and Centres, and Independent Research Organisations (IROs) approved by UKRI. Potential applicants should contact Supergen ORE Hub in advance of the submission deadline if they have any queries concerning their eligibility. No sub-contracting is permitted. Individuals may submit no more than one Proposal as Principal Investigator plus one as Co-investigator, or two as Co-Investigator, to this call. Principal and Co-Investigators within the Supergen ORE Hub may not apply.

The funding is provided by EPSRC and information on the eligibility of organisations and individuals to receive EPSRC funding is available in the EPSRC funding guide: 

Terms and Conditions: 

  • Terms and conditions of standard UKRI FEC grant awards apply (see

  • In addition, all successful projects must engage with the Supergen ORE Hub and should describe in their application how they plan to do this. 

  • All project outputs and engagement should be branded as Supergen ORE Hub. Brand materials and guidance will be provided to successful applicants.

Point of Contact for queries: 

All relevant information regarding the call for proposals is provided within the call document which can be found via the link provided above.  However, please note that all queries regarding the Supergen ORE Hub flexible fund must be directed via the email provided below in order to maintain a clear audit trail for reporting purposes where required, andwill be answered publicly via a FAQ area on the Supergen ORE Hub website.  

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: “Supergen ORE Hub Flexible Funding Call Round 1 – Queries”