Making science work for development

Understanding sustainable energy solutions in developing countries

2 April 2013

DFID, DECC and EPSRC decided to jointly fund research on energy and international development, recognising an opportunity to fund excellent research that met shared knowledge needs. The Secretariat worked closely with the three members throughout 2012 to shape the call specification, and to assist with designing and managing the call process itself.

To stimulate novel inter-disciplinary research partnerships, the call was designed to run with a ‘sandpit’-type event. Rather than submitting detailed research proposals to a full peer review panel, researchers were selected on the basis of short ‘Expressions of Interest’ to attend an intense proposal development workshop in Nairobi (the ‘sandpit’). This event brought together 60 researchers, many of whom had never met before, and through facilitated group activities, sparked new research collaborations, and prioritised value-adding, excellent research proposals.

These draft research proposals were then presented to a panel, who selected a small number to be worked up into full, detailed proposals, to go to a peer review panel for final selection. The Deputy Director of the UKCDS Secretariat acted as a mentor at the Nairobi event.

In March 2013 the Secretariat Deputy Director also chaired the funding panel, facilitating academics to decide which proposals should be funded under this call.

See this page for details of which projects were funded.

  • Energy and engineering