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Internal Funding

External Funding


This page provides a brief guide to potential Internal and External sources of funding for energy-related research. Please note, this is not a comprehensive list, and we strongly encourage members to sign up to our regular term Newsletter and @EnergyCambridge Twitter account for up to date announcements. Click here to Join Us.

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Internal funding

For Internal Funding or Restricted Calls, contact the University's Research Strategic Office. Further information on major funders can also be found on at the Research Operations Office. Energy IRC may be able to assist in some internal applications. 


External funding


EPSRC is the main UK government agency for funding research and training in engineering and the physical sciences, investing more than £800 million a year in a broad range of subjects - from mathematics to materials science, and from information technology to structural engineering.


Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the largest EU Research and Innovation programme with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020) – in addition to the private investment that this money will attract.


European Research Council

The European Research Council is aimed at major research projects led by researchers with an extremely well-established profile in their field. Excellent researchers who are looking for funding to develop a new project but are at an earlier stage in their careers have the option of applying for one of the ERC’s Starting Grants. Applicants' proposals can be in any area of 'frontier research' and researchers who have between 2 and 12 years postdoctoral experience may apply.


UK Energy Research Centre

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) carries out world-class research into sustainable future energy systems. UKERC acts a focal point for UK energy research and a gateway between the UK and the international energy research communities. The UKERC interdisciplinary, whole systems research informs UK policy development and strategies of public, private and third sector organisations. UKERC reports to a Funders Group convened by the Research Councils, and is advised by an independent Advisory Board.