Innovative monitoring approaches for infrastructure, oil & gas and offshore renewable energy funding call

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Outline proposal closing date: 16:00 on 15 June 2017

Full proposal closing date: mid-September 2017

NERC is inviting proposals for innovation projects focused on developing innovative monitoring approaches for the infrastructure, oil & gas and offshore renewable energy sectors.

Projects should be challenge-led, focusing on the application of existing environmental science monitoring capabilities and expertise (eg technologies, techniques and tools for measuring and modelling, deployment and interpretation).

Projects should tackle industry, policy, regulator or other relevant end-user defined challenges and opportunities within the infrastructure, oil & gas and offshore renewable energy sectors. Challenges and opportunities within these sectors are often similar; however different sectors may use different approaches or techniques. Proposals which address challenges across these sectoral boundaries, or which transfer approaches across sectors, are encouraged.

All proposals must involve an 'end-user' project partner or partners (ie private, public or third sector organisations or institutions, private industry, public bodies (such as government departments, local government, regulatory authorities), non-government organisations or charities).

NERC will invest up to £3·5 million in this call. Projects may be feasibility studies (up to six months) or innovation projects (up to 18 months). The maximum that can be applied for per project is £350,000 (at 80% full economic cost). Projects are expected to start on 1 January 2018.

The funding call will have two stages - an outline proposal stage and a full proposal stage. Outline proposals must be submitted via Je-S by 15 June 2017. Outline proposals will be assessed at a panel meeting in July 2017. Only those applicants successful at the outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal, the closing date for which will be in mid-September 2017.

Brokerage events

Two brokerage events were held on 26 April 2017 in Edinburgh and 5 May 2017 in Southampton, for potential applicants to learn more about the funding call and to network and develop ideas for related innovation projects.

Further information

Further information about this call, and details on how to submit a proposal, can be found in the Announcement of Opportunity document and annexes below.

Innovative monitoring approaches - Announcement of Opportunity (PDF, 800KB)

Annex 1: Challenges and opportunities for the infrastructure, oil and gas, and offshore renewable energy sectors (PDF, 388KB)

Annex 2: Guidance for project partners (PDF, 528KB)

Annex 3: Outline proposal submission - Je-S guidance for applicants (PDF, 365KB)

Annex 4: Outline proposal submission - case for support template (Word, 42KB)

Please note: The Announcement of Opportunity document was updated on 9 May 2017.


For further details please contact:

Lizzie Hinchcliffe
Programme manager (innovation)
01793 411940