Early Career Researcher Research Fund

Call for Proposals - October 2019

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About this call

The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub is inviting applications for the Early Career Researcher (ECR) Research Fund. The fund is designed to be a flexible research fund for ECRs to support small activities that either supports and develops your existing research activities, or develops your skills further. Research activities should be aligned with the objectives of the Supergen ORE Hub, further details of which can be found HERE. Applications should be directed at offshore wind, wave or tidal energy research. Multi-disciplinary or multi-sectoral proposals are welcomed. The maximum award size will be £5,000 (direct costs only).

Please download the full Call Document, with details of the call,

including assessment criteria and how to apply,


Scheme Objectives

The primary objective is to help individuals develop as Early Career Researchers. The secondary objective is to help to develop the science, engineering and technology to deliver Offshore Renewable Energy.

Time Line

There will be multiple calls to the ECR Research Fund throughout the lifetime of the Supergen ORE Hub. It is anticipated that there will be further calls in spring and autumn 2020 and 2021, but this will be guided by demand and available funds.

The deadline for submission of applications to this current call of the ECR Research Fund is noon on Friday 11th October 2019.

All applications will be peer reviewed with the process coordinated by the scheme coordinator, Professor Richard Willden (University of Oxford), with support from Supergen ORE hub ECR activity co-lead Professor Byron Byrne (University of Oxford). The scheme coordinator will coordinate the peer review and ranking process leading to funding decisions. Funding decisions will be made within 3 weeks of the proposal deadline with announcements made on or before Friday 1st November 2019.

The proposed activity must start within 3 months of the proposal deadline, and be completed within 9 months of commencement.

Eligibility Criteria

Eligibility for this fund is limited to Early Career Researchers who are either:

  • Early Career Academic Staff (less than 3 years from first academic appointment),

  • Post-Doctoral Research Assistants.

Whilst the wider Hub ECR network includes and welcomes final year PhD students, support for PhD student research activities should be delivered by host institutions or CDTs as applicable, and hence PhD students are not eligible to apply to the Hub ECR Research Fund.

  • ECRs should be employed by an organisation that is eligible to receive EPSRC funding. A list of organisations eligible to apply to EPSRC is provided at www.ukri.org/funding/how-to-apply/eligibility/

  • The proposed activity must not extend beyond the ECRs current employment (unless the requested funding does itself extend that employment).

  • There will be multiple rounds of ECR Research Funding and only in exceptional circumstances could an ECR receive more than one award.

  • Joint applications from a maximum of two ECRs are welcomed where the inclusion of more than one ECR is justified with respect to the scheme objectives and the assessment criteria outlined below. The award limit will be raised according to the number of ECRs making the joint application. A joint application should not include a non-ECR as an applicant, although proposed activities could include a non-ECR if justified in the sense of developing the ECR applicant, e.g. an extended visit to a senior researcher to develop a collaboration or learn a new technique.

One of the objectives of the Supergen ORE Hub is to promote Equality, Diversity and Inclusivity in everything that it does and across the Offshore Renewable Energy industry. Applications are encouraged from all, particularly from under-represented groups, and those returning from career breaks or having following unusual career paths. Where required and at the discretion of the scheme coordinator, the eligibility criteria may be interpreted flexibly to accommodate those that have followed unusual paths. If you are in any doubt as to your eligibility for this scheme you should contact the scheme coordinator (details below) well in advance of submitting your application.

Scheme Coordinator

The ECR Research Fund is being coordinated by Professor Richard Willden (Co-Director of the Supergen ORE Hub and EPSRC Fellow, University of Oxford). Any queries about the scheme including your eligibility to apply should be directed to him at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submission of Applications

Completed applications should be submitted to the Supergen ORE Hub via email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line: “Supergen ORE Hub - ECR Research Fund Application"