EPSRC-NSFC COLLABORATIVE RESEARCH WITH CHINA ON GRID SCALE ENERGY STORAGE FOR INTERMITTENCY
14 May 2013
16:00 (UK time) on 02 July 2013
EPSRC, as part of the Research Councils UK Energy Programme, wishes to support collaborative research projects between the UK and China, in partnership with the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) in the field of “Grid Scale Storage for Intermittency”. A scoping workshop was held in China in April to identify the following themes as priority areas for this call:
- Advanced thermal and mechanical large scale energy storage from materials to devices
- Advanced electrochemical large scale storage from materials to devices
- Management, diagnosis and control of grid scale storage technologies
- Economics, policy and business models for grid scale storage
- Operation and control for balancing and stability of power systems with grid scale storage.
Proposals are invited from leading UK researchers wishing to develop contacts and joint projects with leading researchers eligible for NSFC support in China.
Up to £5M is available from EPSRC with matched equivalent resources from NSFC (up to 3M RMB per project). Up to 5 projects are expected to be funded through this call. The costs of the UK institutions will be met from EPSRC funds, and those for the Chinese partners will be met by NSFC.Proposals should be for up to 3 years in duration, and may start from 1 January 2014. Proposers are encouraged to request resources to enable mobility of the investigators and researchers (travel and subsistence costs).
For each project application UK proposers must submit one joint form covering all the UK partners. UK eligibility Standard eligibility requirements apply for this call. In addition: Principal applicants must be the principal investigator or co-investigator of a current research council research grant (current at the closing date of 2 July 2013). For information on the eligibility of organisations and individuals to receive EPSRC funding, see the EPSRC Funding Guide: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/guidance/fundingguide/ As this call is a targeted funding opportunity provided by EPSRC, higher education institutions, and some research council institutes and independent research organisations are eligible to apply. A list of eligible organisations to apply to EPSRC is provided at: http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/Pages/Eligibilityforrcs.aspx Chinese eligibility Please contact NSFC for full details about their eligibility requirements for the Chinese partners for this call.
As this is a joint application to EPSRC and NSFC applicants must ensure that identical proposals are submitted by the closing date to both EPSRC and NSFC. The UK application should be submitted through the Research Councils’ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System as detailed below. The NSFC application should follow the instructions in their call document. A UK based lead partner and a China based lead partner, should be identified each of whom will lead on interaction with the funding agency in their respective countries. The UK based lead partner should ensure the application is submitted via the Je-S system. If the UK application comes from multiple institutions then the application should be made on a single Je-S form from the UK based lead partner’s host institution. The China based lead partner will submit the identical proposal using the same common proposal format to NSFC by the stipulated closing date. Proposals involving industrial collaborators are welcomed but costs for these partners will not be covered by NSFC/ EPSRC through this call.
0.4 M Euro per project from NSFC + up to around 6M Euros in total from EPSRC
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