European developments

Eurostars Call now open

Eurostars supports international innovative projects led by research and development performing small and medium sized enterprises. With its bottom-up approach, the programme supports the development of rapidly marketable innovative products, processes and services that help improve the daily lives of people around the world. Eurostars is a joint programme between EUREKA and the European Commission, co-funded from the national budgets of 36 Eurostars Participating States and Partner Countries and by the European Union through Horizon 2020. The next cut-off date for applications is 14th September 2017. Details of the funding and the eligibility criteria can be found here and on the UK support here.

Unlocking energy investment opportunities at local level

On 27th April Mareike Schmidt, Service Manager for Energy at Bristol City Council, delivered a webinar on lessons learnt from the use of the European Investment Bank’s technical assistance, called European Local Energy Assistance (ELENA). As a result of ELENA grant funding, Bristol City Council has delivered thousands of insulation measures on social and private housing, hundreds of solar PV panels on municipal buildings and kick-started the development of the city’s Heat Network. This large-scale programme, called BRITE, has seen over £50m of investment over the last three years and laid strong foundations for Bristol to be on track to be carbon neutral by 2050. More information, including a recording of the webinar, can be found here.

Call for university experts in the field of energy

The UNI-SET consortium and the European Platform of Universities in Energy Research and Education have launched a call for university experts in the field of energy. The initiative follows the publication of the “Roadmap for European Universities in Energy” and the “European Atlas of Universities in Energy Research & Education”. It intends to draft strategic thematic documents providing guidelines for the update of education and research programmes. The initiative is titled “Energy Pan-European Action Agendas for Universities: Identifying New Paradigms in Energy Higher Education and Research”. Expressions of interest from experts working in energy-related fields are welcome until 23rd June 2017. More information can be found here.

SHAPE ENERGY Call for Evidence

SHAPE ENERGY – Social sciences and Humanities for Advancing Policy in European Energy – is a new 2M€ European platform for energy-related social sciences and humanities (energy-SSH) research. Energy-SSH has played less of a role to date in shaping European energy policy than Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines and, as such, the SHAPE ENERGY platform aims to develop Europe’s expertise in using and applying energy-SSH. SHAPE ENERGY directly feeds into the work of the European Commission’s strategy unit with responsibility for energy research and innovation.

The two-year SHAPE ENERGY project began in February 2017 and is coordinated by Anglia Ruskin University in the UK. As part of its initial scoping work, it has launched a Call for Evidence aiming to identify current understandings and future priorities for energy research from a wide range of research, policy and practitioner communities across Europe. As such, this Call is not solely intended for energy-SSH researchers; the project team is keen to engage with energy-STEM and non-energy-SSH researchers – as well as those from policy, industry, NGOs and beyond – who may want to utilise energy-SSH research in the future.

This Call is intentionally designed to be easy to respond to (only four core questions taking approx. 5-10mins). Responses will be anonymised and made publicly available free-of-charge in summer 2017 from the project website. The Call for Evidence can be accessed from here.

Call for Expressions of Interest - Clean energy technology studies

The European Commission Joint Research Centre has launched a Call for Expressions of Interest for clean energy technology studies. The Call for Expressions of interest is divided into 3 fields:

As a first step, interested parties are invited to submit an expression of interest by providing their full contact details and by listing the specific fields of interest. More details can be found here.