The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council: Inviting applications for the funding theme-Resilient and sustainable energy networks for developing countries.

Donor Name: The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Funding name: EPSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF)

Funding brief:  This call is supported through EPSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) allocation. The aim of this activity is to support an internationally leading programme of research to tackle the energy distribution challenges faced by developing countries.

Proposals to this call must focus on sustainable local energy networks, including off-grid to grid transitions. The proposed research must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary and/or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed. Proposals must also be compliant with Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines.

Appropriate collaborators in one or more low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) are a mandatory requirement for proposals submitted through this call. These collaborators may be academic researchers and/or research users. Overseas Co-Investigators must be researchers based in research organizations in countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including upper-middle income countries. We will also support costs associated with research conducted in LMICs, e.g. consumables, field work.

Deadline: Applicants must submit an Expression of Interest (EoI) via the form on this page by 16:00 on 17 August 2017 to be considered through this call.
● Expression of Interest: Thursday 17 August 2017 at 16:00
● Full proposal: Thursday 21 September 2017 at 16:00

Funding details link: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/sustengnetworks/

Funding limit:  Up to £7.5 million is available from EPSRC for this call. They aim to support six to eight research projects through this activity.

Project start date: 01st, May, 2018
Project duration: The projects may be up to 36 months in duration.

 Eligible organization: As below

Eligibility:
● Standard EPSRC eligibility requirements apply to this activity for UK Investigators and research organizations. Please note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call.
● Appropriate collaborators in one or more low- or middle-income countries (LMICs) are a mandatory requirement for proposals submitted through this call. These collaborators may be academic researchers and/or research users.
● Overseas Co-Investigators from research organizations in LMICs may be included on proposals but are not mandatory. This includes researchers from all countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), including upper-middle income countries. We will also support costs associated with research conducted in LMICs, e.g. consumables, field work.
● The lead institution and Principal Investigator must be based in the UK. Although proposals may be multi-institutional, only one application form should be submitted for each bid. Joint proposals on separate Je-S forms will not be accepted.

 Submission mail: N/A

Other important link:
● 
Guideline: https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/files/funding/calls/2017/sustengnetworks/
● Apply: https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/
● Further guidance on completing the Je-S form can be found at https://jes.rcuk.ac.uk/Handbook/pages/GuidanceonCompletingaStandardG/EthicalInformation.htm
● Please see also the EPSRC Responsible Innovation Framework https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/framework/ .
● For advice on writing proposals see:https://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/howtoapply/preparing/
● Further guidance and advice on preparing proposals for GCRF initiatives may be found at:www.bbsrc.ac.uk/documents/gcrf-agriculture-food-systems-genericobservations-pdf/
www.fasttrackimpact.com/single-post/2017/02/02/How-to-write-a-fundableproposal-for-the-Global-Challenges-Research-Fund
● ODA guidance, please see http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/documents/international/gcrfodaguidance-pdf/.

 How to apply:
● 
Interested applicant should prepare and submit your full proposal using the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/ ).

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