Supporting early career researchers

The SUPERGEN Energy Storage Hub (Energy SUPERSTORE), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), will issue a series of calls over the next four years for research proposals, to support its mission as the UK research Hub in energy storage. This funding represents around 35% of the total Hub budget.

The current document announces the first call: “Supporting early career researchers in energy storage”. The aim of this call is to provide support to those who are in the early phase of their careers, as independent researchers working in the field of energy storage. Applications will be considered from researchers who fulfil the criteria of “Early Career Researchers”, defined as: “those eligible for EPSRC funding who have been employed for five years or less, at more than 0.2 FTE, in a UK Higher education institution and who have carried out research or research and teaching on a continuous basis” (see REF 02.2011, paragraph 85 for more details). Any topic within the field of energy storage will be considered.

Up to £100,000 of funding (£100k = 80% Research Council rate) is available for each proposal and we hope to make three to four awards. The projects funded must be completed by the end of the Hub’s current funding, 29th June 2019. Proposals will be subject to peer review by members of the Hub’s Science Board (drawn from the UK research community). The final award of the proposals will be the decision of the Energy Storage Hub Management and Advisory Boards and we will announce successful proposals in December 2015.

Proposals should be submitted using the form that may be downloaded from this link ‘SuperStore-Proposal Form‘.The Case for Support should be no more than four A4 pages in length (no smaller than 11 pt Times New Roman, single spacing and margins of at least 2 cm) and must include the following:
* a track record for the academics and researchers involved (1/2 page);
* a statement of why the work is important to advancing the energy storage field;
* a description of the work to be undertaken and the research methodology;
* a clear indication of the expected impact of the work and how this will be achieved, including a work plan;
* a budget and a justification of resources.

Once the proposal form has been uploaded, the applicant must select the ‘Send’ button at the bottom of this page to complete the submission. Proposals can also be submitted by email to Dr Thomas Esterle (full contact details below) with Subject: ‘Energy SuperStore Flexible Funding – Proposal’ by 5 pm on Sunday the 9th August 2015. Letters of support from project partners should be attached and do not count towards the page limit.

The submission is now closed.

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Contact Details:
Dr Thomas Esterle
Energy SuperStore Hub Coordinator
Peter Bruce group
Department of Materials
University of Oxford
Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3PH, UK
Phone: +44 (0)1865 612763