Supergen ORE extends flexible funding call deadline

The Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy (ORE) Hub has extended the deadline for expressions of interest for its second Flexible Funding call.

Professor Deborah Greaves OBE; Photo: University of Plymouth

Launched in March this year, the Supergen ORE second round of Flexible Funding aims to advance research into the opportunities and challenges of offshore wind, wave and tidal energy.

The new deadline for expressions of interest is 17 April 2020.

This second round of Flexible Funding will award a total of up to £1.2 million to researchers at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs), Research Council Institutes and Centres, and Independent Research Organisations (IROs) approved by UKRI, to seed areas that complement existing research, fill gaps or add cross cutting activities to explore the transfer of research findings between sectors within ORE.

In this round of funding, the Supergen ORE Hub has additional in-kind contributions from the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult.

The ORE Catapult is supporting the funding call by offering in-kind research resource from one or more of its network of Research Hubs. This will involve a collaboration with some of the winning projects and the provision of Catapult support and additional PhD/PDRA Research Hub resource for up to 12 months.

In 2019 the Supergen ORE Hub awarded almost £1 million to ten projects in its first round of Flexible Funding. Funded projects included investigations into the recycling process of wind turbine blades, the development of underwater robotic fish for device inspection, and using satellite data for enabling cost reduction of marine renewables.