skip to primary navigationskip to content

In Search of 'Good' Energy Policy Call

In search of 'good' energy policy Small Grants scheme application

We would like to invite members of the University of Cambridge to apply for the In search of 'good' energy policy Small Grants scheme. This £10k fund supports new small collaborative multi-disciplinary projects each of value up to £2k between 2 or more researchers working in different departments and schools on the theme of energy policy. Examples of activities that the fund might support include: a visit to an data archive relevant to a contemporary energy policy study, an overseas field trip to a developing country to conduct interviews with energy policy stakeholders or a presentation at an interdisciplinary conference.

 We especially seek to develop partnerships that involve:

• The Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities partnering with other disciplines

• Involve academics that have not previously been involved in GEP activities

• Engage early career researchers and PhD students


Anticipated outcomes/outputs

1. Increase the number of researchers engaged in collaborative energy policy activities

2. Joint publications between researchers from different departments

3. Applications for joint funding to a wider range of funders

4. Engage different disciplines in contributing to Energy policy research activities

5. Link to the activities of other SRIs e.g. the Global Challenges and the Public Policy SRIs


Grants will typically support a 1- 3 month collaboration. The small grants expenditure must be completed by the 19 August 2018. Applications will be selected by members from the GEP Coordination Committee. Financial support from the Isaac Newton Trust/ Energy Policy Research Group (EPRG) should be acknowledged in any outputs from a grant under this scheme.

All completed application forms (attached) must be received by 6 April 2018.

Timeline for call:

The call for small grant applications opens 12 March 2018

Call closes 6 April 2018

Results announced by 23 April 2018


In Search of ‘Good’ Energy Policy was adopted as an Energy@Cambridge Grand Challenge (GC) in 2015. The GC has focused on multi-disciplinary approaches to Energy policy formulation. Activities to date have included running a CRASSH seminar series (now in its 3 year), the outputs of which are available via the following weblink:, workshops with policy makers including Ofgem, the National Infrastructure Commission, the British Embassy In Beijing, a workshop focused on faith, society and energy and climate, and a collaboration with the University of Hong Kong on Clean Air Policies in China. In addition, we are editing a book for Cambridge University Press focused on multi-disciplinary approaches to energy policy formulation involving academics from the following Departments at the University of Cambridge: Economics, Engineering, Computer Laboratory, Judge Business School, History, Psychology, Social Anthropology, and Theology.


For an application form or if you have any questions about this call please contact


About Us

Energy@Cambridge is a University-wide Interdisciplinary Research Centre which links the activities of over 250 academics working in energy research, at all career levels and across 30 departments and faculties.