Research, Development & Demonstration Call 2017

€2 million research fund available for sustainable energy research projects in 2017

- Priority areas include energy efficiency, citizen engagement and energy storage -

Media release

15th December 2016

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has announced a doubling of its Energy Research, Development and Demonstration (RD&D) fund for next year to €2 million. The fund is open to Irish researchers in industry and academia to support sustainable energy research into new market solutions which overcome various barriers in the move to a secure, clean energy future. Priority areas include energy efficiency, citizen engagement and energy storage with the programme open to a wide range of proposal types – including technology RD&D, field research, and feasibility studies.

Commenting on the funding available Dr Eimear Cotter, Head of Low Carbon Technologies with SEAI said: “SEAI welcomes the decision by theMinister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment to double the RD&D fund to €2 million. This comes on foot of a heavilyoversubscribed programme in 2016 with high quality applications across a broad range of sustainable energy research and development. Thisis a really strong indicator of the vibrancy of Ireland’s energy research environment across academia and industry.”

The 2016 research programme is currently drawing to a close and is providing valuable outputs, enhancing the evidence-base in areas such as community energy project models; solar energy; land-use planning and energy infrastructure; bioenergy and geospatial energy datasets.

Dr Cotter continued: “SEAI is committed to supporting the research community and also building capacity to enable Irish researchers tocompete for European research funds through Horizon 2020. Irish researchers have already drawn down €27m in funding in energy-relatedresearch under Horizon 2020, for which SEAI is the National Delegate. We expect this success to continue for the duration of the project.”

Since 2002 SEAI has provided €26 million funding through its Energy RD&D programme. Summaries of the 2016 projects funded under  the 2016 programme are available on the SEAI website with final project reports submitted to date. Click here to find out more.

The 2017 RD&D Call is now open. Click here to find out how to apply.

 
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