Call for Proposals for Research Projects in Wave & Tidal Energy

UKCMER (in association with Wave Energy Scotland) is pleased to announce a call for proposals for short research projects in wave and tidal energy.   This programme seeks to address the significant common needs for fundamental to applied research spanning wave, tidal and floating offshore wind energy technologies. Proposals are sought that complement ongoing work, specifically in:

  • Numerical and physical modelling of wave-current flow interactions acting on devices;
  • Novel control methods to improve performance and durability in arrays;
  • New design and test processes to predict and reduce risk and improve reliability;
  • Development of design and analysis tools to predict extreme responses and increase survivability;
  • Exploration of materials and processes, new to the sector, that increase service and operational life;
  • Disruptive technologies for devices, subsystems and components including those offering scalability.    

The call is open to staff from any UK university, engaged in wave or tidal energy research, who are eligible for EPSRC support.  PIs or CIs funded under the Supergen Marine Phase 4 award, or any of its current Grand Challenge awards are not eligible to apply.  Applications may be made either for research support or for FloWave time.  You may make a maximum of one application, either as a PI or CI, for research support and one application,  again either as a PI or CI, for time in FloWave.  Multiple applications will be rejected without further consideration.   Industrial participation or support for proposed work is actively encouraged.

This is a two stage application process:

Stage 1 – Submission of an, on-line, Expression of Interest  comprising  a brief track record, statement of research challenge, description of novelty, timeliness and fit to the scope of the Call.  Expressions of Interest must be made using the online form  at This call opens at 09:00 on Monday the 3rd of July and closes at 16:00 on Friday 28th July 2017.

Submitted expressions of interest will be reviewed internally by a panel of staff from UKCMER and WES.  A maximum of 15 applications will be invited to submit a full proposal.  Invitations will be sent out on Monday the 14th August 2017.

Stage 2 – The full proposal will be a pdf document and consist of: track record and capacity to deliver (1 page); case for support (3 pages), including research challenge, novelty and timeliness, aims and objectives, programme of work including methodology, tasks and deliverables; pathways to impact and outreach (1 page), management, work-plan and budget (1 page).  Submission instructions for the full proposals  will be provided in the invitation to submit.  The deadline for Full Proposals is Friday the 8th of September 2017 at 16:00.

Full proposals will be peer reviewed by an expert panel, consisting of UKCMER staff, representatives from WES and the UKCMER Industrial Advisory Board and an EPSRC observer.  Successful applicants will be notified on Monday the 25th of September 2017.  All work must be completed by Friday the 28th of September 2018.

Full details are given in the call document, which should be read carefully before completing an expression of interest. Also, please refer to the FAQs page for answers to commonly asked questions.