SEAI Energy Research

We are sharing an update with details of upcoming energy research funding opportunities, as well as a Save the Date for the 2021 National Energy Research & Policy Conference this November 25th.
For any queries, please do not hesitate to contact us at energyresearch@seai.ie.
Best wishes,
SEAI Energy Research

Save the Date: 2021 National Energy Research & Policy Conference
Thursday 25th November 2021

You are kindly invited to the 2021 National Energy Research & Policy Conference. This conference will take place on Thursday the 25th of November with a thematic focus of decarbonising transport – please save the date!
This annual conference aims to facilitate discussion on the role of energy research and policy in achieving Ireland’s long term clean energy goals.
Further information, including the conference agenda and registration details, will be announced in the coming weeks via the website.

Energy Research Funding Opportunities:
2021 Joint call – Heating and Cooling

The 2021 transnational ERA-Net Geothermica and JPP Smart Energy Systems Joint Call recently launched and is open for pre-proposals (see flyer here) with a deadline of October 4th 2021. Have questions? Have a look at our FAQ document.
This Call targets projects with a significant impact on the heating and / or cooling transition, aiming to accelerate and enable climate neutral heating and/or cooling by 2050. The total available budget is approximately €32.5 million. SEAI can support eligible Irish organisations taking part in transnational collaborative projects, with a total SEAI budget available of €500,000, and the maximum SEAI funding available per project is €200,000.
Please see the Joint Call Text and the SEAI website for more information.

Horizon Europe –
Cluster 5: Climate, Energy & Mobility

Horizon Europe Cluster 5 aims to support Europe’s green transition. It addresses issues relevant to the twin green and digital transitions, and associated transformations of the economy, industry and society with a view to achieving climate neutrality in Europe by 2050.
The first call for proposals under the 2021-2022 Work Programme was launched in June, with €1.22 Billion available for Climate, Energy and Mobility topics.
Full details of the 2021-2022 Work Programme are available here.
If you missed the online Horizon Europe Info Days last month, session recordings are now available here.

Marine Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship Call 2021

The Marine Institute recently launched a call for proposals for Post-Doctoral Fellowships of up to 4 years in duration. There are three defined topics and one open topic under four specified research themes of the National Marine R&I Strategy. Proposals are invited from suitable Research Supervisors at Higher Education Institutions or Public Research Bodies in the Republic of Ireland.
Call topics cover research across: Renewable Energy; Bioresources; and Climate Change, as well as an Open Call.
Call close date 16:00 on Tuesday, 14th September 2021. Please email the Marine Institute Research Funding Office (funding@marine.ie) for further information.
Marine Institute Post-Doctoral Fellowship Call 2021 | Marine Institute

Research project updates

Financing Energy Efficiency in Ireland – Sustainability Works

Sustainability Works were supported through the SEAI National Energy RD&D Funding Programme for their project – Financing Energy Efficiency in Ireland. This project explored the challenge of financing the deep energy efficiency retrofit of Ireland’s homes, and resulted in the publication of a comprehensive report – Financing Energy Efficiency in Ireland: A Handbook on the Residential Sector.
Further details and the full project report are available on the SEAI National Energy Research Database.


The OPFLOW project (Options on a Pre-Commercial Demonstration Project for Floating Wind) led by a research team through MaREI, in University College Cork, investigated the potential for a pre-commercial pilot floating offshore wind project in Ireland.
For full details of the project outcomes, and to download the project report, please see the SEAI National Energy Research Database.

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