EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics
University of Nottingham
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Funding Opportunities

Knowledge Transfer Awards (Invited Applicants Only)

The EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics (CPE) and EPSRC Challenge Network in Automotive Power Electronics (CN)) will prioritise a number of projects by means of this single-stage managed call.

Awards will be for a maximum duration of 12 months and funding is capped at £250,000. This is calculated at 100% full economic costs (fEC), with the Network contributing at 80% fEC.

Scope of this call

This call is only open to those who have been invited to apply following the presentation of an approved proposal at the sandpit event held in Loughborough in October 2018.

Activities should aim to have a positive Return on Investment, and should deliver against one or more of the following targets:

  • Knowledge Transfer from academia to industry (for example, through the development of strategic partnerships).

  • Potential to secure future income from Business Engagement (for example, through Services Rendered, Consultancy, Contract/Collaborative Research).

  • Technology Translation which can be evidenced by, for example, applications for further funding at the end of the programme such as PoC studies orcommercial acceleration.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Strategic Initiative  Development – development  of specific initiatives with the aim of forming new enterprises or research relationships with industry.
  • Proof of Concept studies – early-stage IP-based projects building on EPSRC-funded research and leading to further translational funding.
  • Commercial Acceleration – achieving a specific technical or commercial milestone in the translation/development of a technology leading to further translational funding.

Note that the above is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please contact the Power Electronics hub if you are in any doubt whether your proposed activity is eligible.

Examples of eligible activities include:

  • Strategic Initiative  Development – development of specific initiatives with the aim of forming new enterprises or research relationships with industry.
  • Proof of Concept studies – early-stage IP-based projects building on EPSRC-funded research and leading to further translational funding.
  • Commercial Acceleration – achieving a specific technical or commercial milestone in the translation/ development of a technology leading to further translational funding.

Note that the above is not intended to be an exhaustive list. Please contact the Power Electronics hub if you are in any doubt whether your proposed activity is eligible.

The application and selection process

Applications must be made on the supplied application form and must comply with the stated guidelines regarding font size and length. The prioritising of proposals for funding shall occur by means of a single stage selection process.

All proposals will be assessed by a number of expert reviewers ahead of a prioritisation panel which will consist of members drawn from the CPE Executive team and Steering and Advisory Group and the CN Steering Group.

Evaluation criteria will include:

  • Fit to scope
  • Evidence of fit to UK power electronics design and  manufacturing base
  • Quality of planned KT activities
  • Timeliness
  • Likely impact of planned outcomes
  • Potential for development beyond the life of the project
  • Suitability of consortium including academic and industrial partners
  • Value for money
  • Planned delivery (methodology and management)
  • Benefit to associated research base.

The application and selection timeline

Deadline for submission of full proposals by email: 3pm 30 November 2018

Successful proposals shall be announced in January 2019.

Download Guidelines

Download Application Form

Submission instructions

Signed proposals must be submitted as an email soft copy to Dr Helena Cartwright at helena.cartwright@nottingham.ac.uk

Confirmation of safe receipt of proposals will be sent by email.

All data will be handled in accordance with University of Nottingham’s data protection policy  

EPSRC Centre for Power Electronics

Email: correspondence@powerelectronics.ac.uk