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CREDS Statement on EUED Technology Call 2

30 May, 2019

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The EPSRC’s recent End Use Energy Demand Technology Call 2 refers to CREDS in a number of ways. This document sets out how we are responding to enquiries from potential bidders and our interpretation of the CREDS-related issues in the Call.

Background

The EPSRC’s recent End Use Energy Demand Technology Call 2 refers to CREDS in a number of ways. It requires “research projects (to be) aligned to, but not duplicating, the aims and objectives of CREDS” and that proposals should “show a clear complementarity to the Centre and should include at least one investigator with direct links to the centre.

The CREDS consortium welcomes this call. This document sets out how we are responding to enquiries from potential bidders and our interpretation of the CREDS-related issues in the Call.

Principles

As far as possible the CREDS consortium will operate respecting the following principles:

  1. We will ensure that potential bidders who seek advice are provided with information about CREDS to allow them to develop a bid.
  2. We will not seek to make judgements about potential bids, as this is properly the role of peer reviewers and the EPSRC Panel.
  3. We will respect bidder confidentiality.
  4. The CREDS Director, as an advisor to the Panel, will not participate in any bid.

Operations

  1. We are making relevant information available to bidders, in particular by placing this statement and information about the CREDS core Research Programme and consortium members here on our website.
  2. In accordance with the EPSRC call guidance, we will not provide letters of support to any bid. It is the bidder’s responsibility to show details of the alignment to the Centre in their case for support.
  3. The CREDS Director will, on request, advise potential bidders on the most appropriate Theme or Challenge to contact or refer them to the relevant information on the CREDS website.
  4. CREDS Theme and Challenge leaders will, on request, refer potential bidders to the relevant information on the CREDS website, advise potential bidders themselves or identify an appropriate member of their Theme/Challenge for discussions.
  5. The identity of potential bidders and contents of proposed bids will not be shared across the CREDS consortium, except in so far as to ensure good advice is provided.

Complementarity with CREDS

Bidders, following discussions, will need to follow the EPSRC guidance to “show a clear complementarity to the Centre”. We envisage bidders may wish to discuss complementarity with CREDS consortium members and then explain in their proposal how their bid content shows complementarity. Whether this is successfully achieved is ultimately a matter for peer reviewers and the EPSRC Panel.

A CREDS consortium link may be achieved in a number of ways, for example:

  1. including a member or members of the existing CREDS consortium in a substantive research role(s), including at least one as a CoI,
  2. including a member of the existing CREDS consortium as a CoI in a minor role focused on delivering complementarity,
  3. proposing that a named CoI of the bid team will undertake the role of the link to CREDS.

This choice is a decision for the bid team, not the CREDS consortium.

As some CREDS consortium members may be involved in a number of bids, costing processes will require decisions about levels of involvement to be made by 17 September 2019.

Other issues

We understand from EPSRC that the definition of ‘technology’ in the call should be interpreted to mean falling within the remit of the EPRSC, which is described on the EPSRC website. Any questions on this should be referred to EPSRC contacts named in the Call or to their remit enquiry service.

Any other enquiries about this guidance shall be referred to the CREDS Director, Nick Eyre nick.eyre@ouce.ox.ac.uk

Nothing in this guidance precludes members of the CREDS consortium (other than the Director) from leading or participating in a bid.

Nothing in this guidance shall be interpreted to require any member of the CREDS consortium to participate in a bid.

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