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Durham University

Durham Energy Institute

Funding opportunities

The Durham Energy Institute provides a range of support services to researchers, particularly early career researchers, at Durham University active in every discipline of the energy field or who are interested in branching out into Energy-related research. These services include directly funding projects and communicating external funding opportunities. The DEI also provides support to researchers developing new projects and funding applications by:

  • enabling connections with industry, academic and government contacts;
  • providing access to key data sets;
  • reviewing and advising on funding proposals;
  • communicating the knowledge generated through the research.

Information on available funding streams can be found below by clicking on the funding title.

1. DEI small grants funding scheme

The DEI no longer provide DEI Small Grants due to a change in our funding. The funding we previously received for this is now kept centrally, and anyone wishing to apply for a small grant/seedcorn funding in the future should apply to the Seedcorn Grant fund in the Research Office. Further information is available below.

2. Durham University seedcorn funding

Financial support to build high-quality, competitive research proposals is available in Durham from the Grant Seedcorn Fund. Seedcorn proposals must be concerned with the development of large external grant applications. Proposals will be judged on the likelihood of success in an external funding competition. Seedcorn awards will typically be in the range of £2,000–£15,000.

3. Impact Acceleration Account funding

Impact Acceleration Accounts have been established to make it easier for university research to find a pathway to making an impact on the economy and society at large. The funding provides a bridge between the outputs of EPSRC funded research and later commercialisation activities. It offers a range of funding streams with which both transformational and incremental activities can be undertaken.

4. ESRC Impact Acceleration Account

The Durham ESRC IAA Fund is available to Durham academics and independent researchers to help develop impact from their research. Demand for ESRC IAA grants has been extremely high since the fund was launched in the summer of 2014, and it is open to all researchers, regardless of discipline and/or the origin of the original research funding, providing the proposed impact activities align to the ESRC’s disciplinary remit of social science research (please refer to EXRC IAA Guidelines).

5. Information on other sources of research funding

Durham University subscribes to Research Connect - a comprehensive web-based database of funding opportunities, typically containing over 7,000 open calls for funding. Research Connect allows you to:

  • Search for funding related to your particular field, giving you access to information on specialised calls as well as those from the major funders.
  • Set up alerts so that you are immediately informed when a new opportunity arises.

Research Connect can be accessed from any campus machine, but all research staff have a personal account set up for them by the Research Office. If you have lost or have not received log-in details, please contact the Research Office.