Open Call

The submission process is closed for all applications

All applicants will be informed of the outcome of their applications by Friday 18 December 2020

The announcements of the Open Call Funding will be published at the end of January 2021

Announcement of Opportunity (Updated)

Open Call Timeline

The overall ambition of the call is to increase the legacy and impact of the UKUH Programme; increase the Programme’s diversity; and provide opportunities for ECRs.

All Open Call proposals must align to at least one of the following 3 key research themes:
- The Role of the Subsurface in Decarbonisation of the Energy Sector and the UK’s Net Zero future: Application of UKUH’s Research
- Building upon UKUH’s research of Public Perceptions and Acceptance of Shale Gas in the UK
- Shale Gas and Environmental Security
(We will not fund proposals which duplicate existing UKUH research)

The titles of the existing UKUH research projects are listed below. To find out more about the existing UKUH research, please follow the links to the Programme’s website and project summaries via Grants on the Web. In addition, the Challenge PIs can be contacted directly (email links below) should you require further details of their funded research to complete your application.

Challenge 1: Assessing and Monitoring the UK Shale Gas Landscape (UKSGL) – Professor Richard Davies (Newcastle University)
Challenge 2: An integrated assessment of UK Shale resource distribution based on fundamental analysis of shale – Professor Al Fraser (Imperial College, London)
Challenge 3: Impact of hydraulic fracturing in the overburden of shale resource plays: Process-based evaluation (SHAPE-UK) – Professor Mike Kendall (University of Oxford)
Challenge 4: Evaluation, quantification and identification of pathways and targets for the assessment of shale gas risk (EQUIPT4RISK) – Professor Rob Ward (BGS)
Challenge 5: (comprising 3 projects)
- The Dynamics of Public Attitudes and Community Responses to Shale Gas - Professor Patrick Devine-Wright (University of Exeter)
- ‘Fracking’, framing and effective participation - Professor Benjamin Sovacool (University of Sussex)
- The social construction of unconventional gas extraction - Professor Paul Stretesky (University of Northumbria)

Integration with the Wider Programme
It is essential that all successful Open Call projects integrate and engage with the wider UKUH Programme and this engagement will be through attendance at theme-specific seminars, Integration Events, and / or Annual Science Meetings. As a minimum requirement, Open Call researchers will be asked to attend at least:
- 1 theme-specific seminar which will take place over zoom; and
- Either 1 Integration Event or 1 Annual Science Meeting (either in person or via Zoom).
We advise that you include travel and subsistence costs for at least 1 face-to-face meeting (location yet to be determined, but considered likely to be Newcastle University or BGS, Keyworth). The UKUH Programme will provide refreshments at all face-to-face meetings and there will be no registration fee to attend the meetings.

Please find further details on the review criteria