The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has opened a call to fund research proposals in Marine Wave energy.

Approximately £4.5 million is available to support 4 to 5 grant proposals, each up to a maximum of £1 million.

Proposals should also fall mainly under the EPSRC remit but may include integrated social and environmental aspects surrounding the use of Wave Energy Converters.

The Wave Energy Roadmap commissioned through the Supergen Offshore Renewable Energy Hub concludes that targeted research and innovation will play an important role in the Wave Energy journey to commercialisation. As a result, EPSRC is looking to fund proposals, particularly in the key areas highlighted by the roadmap:

  • Novel designs for niche applications
  • Survivability and reliability of devices in the marine environment
  • Power Take Off and control systems
  • Modelling, forecasting and evaluation of wave energy resource
  • New materials for Wave Energy Converters

This call will take a portfolio approach to ensure a variety of the above areas are funded.  Projects will be expected to network over the lifetime of the grants.

Please note this call is in marine wave energy only and proposals focused on tidal stream energy will not be considered.

The call is for full proposals but an Intent to Submit must be completed by 14 July 2020.

The Intent to Submit form is available on the call page on the EPSRC website.

Full proposal stage closes on 23 September 2020.

(EPSRC) is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK.