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The project is up to £65 million over five years, to support early stage testing and scale up of innovative technologies and business models that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises, especially in Africa. The programme will include: i) partnership with Shell Foundation, enabling support to another 30+ early stage private sector innovations. ii) Innovate UK’s Energy Catalyst to stimulate technology innovation by UK enterprises; iii) build other strategic clean energy innovation partnerships (e.g. testing a new ‘P2P Solar’ crowdfunding platform; and scoping a potential new partnership with Gates Foundation on Mission Innovation); iv) skills and expertise development. To support early stage testing and scale up of innovative technologies and business models that will accelerate access to affordable, clean energy services for poor households and enterprises, especially in Africa
This programme will investigate how to rapidly accelerate a transition from biomass to genuinely "clean" cooking, i.e. with electric or gas.
To support innovative approaches to improving the quality, value for money and sustainability of basic services in the education, health and water and sanitation sectors in Tanzania
The overarching aim is to solve the integration of intermittent renewable energy with energy storage for grid and isolated communities in India and UK with a view to grid integration. This is fully aligned with the objectives of EPSRC, DST and the development goals of the Newton-Bhabha Fund. In order to achieve this, JUICE will mobilise significant resources (26 institutions, in excess of 100 investigators) to connect the research verticals of Power Networks, Solar and Storage, which are driven in the UK by the three SuperGen consortia: HubNet, SuperSolar and SuperStore. This will be achieved by a vertical research programme focussing on clean energy provision, clean energy utilisation and economic value. JUICE will have a close relation with two Indian centres (IUCERCE and UKICERI) to deliver research to enhance the standard of living in both countries by improving the quality of power available, or make power available, to the populations in both countries. JUICE, in conjunction with IUCERCE and UKICERI, will deliver the tools required for a step change in the power system management in the presence of intermittent energy sources. The objectives of JUICE are defined in the call as: 1. Support the development of demonstrators on renewable energy (solar) and storage and eventual grid connectivity for a current grid isolated community (25 to 50 kW mini-grid system) and scalability challenges. JUICE will supply tools for forecasting, control and optimisation of the entire system as well as characterisation methods for key components. Demonstrators themselves are developed by our Indian partner centres. 2. Identify and address the challenges of integration of large amounts of intermittent renewable generation on the Indian and UK grid (up to GW level). JUICE will provide key tools to understand and mitigate the problems associated with the GW scale integration as well as microgrid scale integration. JUICE will actively engage with counterparts in the Indian centres to maximise synergies to mutually enhance the research programmes. 3. Coordination and further development of the existing RCUK-India portfolio of research and innovation on solar, grids and networks and energy storage. JUICE will input through its management board and high level strategic advisory board. This will link industry involved in commercialisation of clean energy technologies in both countries to the funding bodies. 4. Build and sustain a community of researchers, innovators and end users related to clean energy and especially other sources of clean energy. JUICE will mobilises a significant number of key academics in the field and will manage a fund to engage with further groups. There is a strong effort on community building in the centre. 5. Training and capacity building. JUICE has an associated PhD cohort of 19 PhDs which will research collaboratively aligned projects. There is a focus on building networks for PhDs and early stage researchers. Secondments to industry in both countries for all levels of research experience as well as an intercontinental staff exchange programme. Additional to the call objectives, JUICE will focus on international integration. Collaborations with our Indian partners are planned in detail at present. Each RA has a travel budget that will allow a stay at a partner institution over the lifetime of the project. The institutions will accept incoming RAs without charging a bench fee. The work programme is highly complementary between JUICE and the two Indian centres, ensuring excellent collaboration potential and joint publications which are already in development.
Flood Prediction using real time sensing Emergency Water Information Networks over mobile phone networks and WiFi (EWIN)UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
1) Allow affected countries to predict and warn their people quickly of impeding floods. 2) Research where and how to deploy an Emergency Water Information Network 3) Research how mobile phone networks can be used reliably during floods for water data. 4) Model a medium emergency water information network using real time data for scaling to countries. 5) Study floods in real time to learn which tributaries cause the problem. 6) Create and validate reliable flood prediction models. 7) Research new types of non submerged flood sensors and develop the embedded electronics and platforms for flood prediction networks. The hypothesis of our research is that real time flood prediction can be achieved if real time data can be obtained from optimally cited water sensors and relayed over cellular networks. Our vision is sparse expensive fixed infrastructure supported by numerous inexpensive highly mobile temporary infrastructure. The scope of our work will include inland fresh water flooding although flooding from the sea and flash flooding could be addressed using similar techniques. Real time flood prediction techniques will be researched and validated in the UK and in Mexico so that they can be used by many countries with confidence. We believe that enabling countries to effectively address their own flooding problems would be one of the best ways to demonstrate the UKs commitment to overseas development using cutting edge research. Five themes of research have been identified as being of immediate importance to flooded countries and of interest to Mexico and the UK. These are (T1) Real Time Water Monitoring, (T2) Cloud Enabled Multi-Bearer Ad-hoc Networks for Wireless Sensors, (T3) Radio Propagation near water, (T4) Advanced Flood Sensor and (T5) Embedded electronics for cloud enabled sensor networks.
Self-recovery housing for development: scaling up crisis preparedness and humanitarian shelter responseUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The strategic aim of this project is to bridge the gap between the theory and practice of a humanitarian shelter approach that supports families and communities in their self-recovery pathways, to develop practical approaches and build capacity. There is one over-arching objective to: 1. Co-develop best-practice guidance for the support of the self-recovery process that allows families to exercise the primacy of their own agency and choice in the pursuance of their own self-recovery pathway. This is supported by five practical objectives that will result in demonstrable outputs and impact: I. Develop. Develop tools and guidance for the implementation of disaster responses that support self-recovery; further refine existing protocol and adapt for preparedness and disaster risk reduction. II. Test. Further test the 'Informing Choice for Better Shelter' protocol that supports the rapid development of contextualised technical information for families and local builders (originally piloted in Mozambique after Cyclone Idai 2019); trial and test methodological approaches to community-led context analysis, and monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) specifically adapted to self-recovery. III. Adapt and learn. In recognition that a self-recovery approach to shelter after disasters is a relatively new modality, continue research activities to enhance our understanding and experience; in particular this will be in the form of 'action research' or 'real time research', directly supporting aid agency country offices and the country-level Shelter Clusters in the development of response strategies that support families' self-recovery efforts; continue the development of 'country profiles' in at least two more countries that describe the local building cultures and social contexts within which recovery occurs (led by CRAterre, a French research organisation recognised as global experts in vernacular construction). IV. Train. In partnership with the International Federation of the Red Cross (IFRC), co-leads with UNHCR of the humanitarian coordination Global Shelter Cluster, hold regional training seminars on the theory and practice of self-recovery. V. Disseminate. Disseminate the findings and outputs of the project through a number of different channels. A key vehicle for dissemination and peer-review is the Supporting Self-recovery Working Group, an integrated part of the Global Shelter Cluster. This ensures peer acceptance and scrutiny of our work and an immediate channel to the wider shelter community. Other dissemination outlets will be through self-publication, blogs, articles, conference papers and more. All outputs will be open access.
Our aim is to develop, and make freely available, new designs and control algorithms for low energy cooling and ventilation strategies for use in natural and mixed-mode residential buildings in India, founded upon rigorous scientific operating principles. The objectives to achieve this are divided into the following work packages (WPs). WP1: Use climate data and knowledge of how dwellings are used to determine the extent to which residential buildings in India can be operated using natural ventilation and mixed-mode strategies. WP2: Develop flexible and self-learning control algorithms for natural ventilation and mixed-mode residential buildings. WP3: Use computer modelling combined with measurement to verify the performance of a range of low energy solutions to deliver acceptable indoor conditions. WP4: Develop design guidance and outreach material to be placed on websites in the public domain to create awareness of the research conducted.
New strategies to reduce anaemia and risk of overweight and obesity through complementary feeding of infants and young children in PeruUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Aim The primary aim is to develop new inter-culturally appropriate and acceptable strategies to address the dietary risks of anaemia and excess energy intake in infants and young children (IYC) aged 6-23 months through healthy complementary feeding in Peru. An integrated and participatory approach will provide evidence to support successful review and implementation of government guidelines on infant and young child feeding (IYCF), engage with communities and pilot actions aimed at the double burden of malnutrition. The specific objectives are to: 1: Identify the socio-cultural, behavioural and environmental influences on infant and young child nutrition and feeding practices in two distinct Peruvian regions. 2: Develop, integrate and pilot new strategies to address the double burden of malnutrition (micronutrient deficiency and risk of overweight) among IYC through participatory design methods and prototyping interventions with families, community childcare and health facilities. 3. Inform the development of feeding guidelines for children under 2 years of age, currently under review by the Peruvian Ministry of Health (MoH), through mapping global, national and local policy and incorporating Double Duty Actions to address current dietary risks. 4. Work in partnership with local government health services and stakeholders to develop capacity to implement strategies, recommendations and support participatory approaches to infant and young child feeding interventions.
The overall aim of this project is to understand how the state's presence is being constructed through territorial planning in three post-conflict zones in the Alto Cauca region, and thereby strengthen the capacities of the local communities to successfully plan and develop their territories in accordance with the Peace Agreement. The project is built around three key objectives: 1. Map the socio-economic actors, production systems, rural transformations and territorial power relations in the three study areas. 2. Explore the instruments, institutions, and government strategies being used to build peace through territorial planning. 3. Strengthen the communities' capacities for negotiating with the state and contribute to the [re]construction of the bonds of trust between communities and the government.
UK-China Agritech Challenge - Utilizing Earth Observation and UAV Technologies to Deliver Pest and Disease Products and Services to End Users in ChinaUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
As part of the overall project the Objectives of the research work to be undertaken by King's College London are : - develop and apply methods to characterise locust breeding vegetation and wheat plant structure (plant height, growth rate, 'greeness' and surface temperature) using thermal and optical imaging from small UAV's plus Structure from Motion (SfM) photogrammetry - Downscale high- and moderate-temporal resolution Land Surface Temperature (LST) data obtained from satellite Earth observation to the plot level (~500 m or better) - Develop a method to estimate locust surface temperature remotely, supporting work to estimate internal body temperature for use in biopesticide efficacy modelling As part of the overall project the Objectives of the research work to be undertaken by University of Loughborough: The project aims to alleviate poverty for Chinese farmers by reducing losses to pests and diseases, increasing crop yields,and thus contributing to improved livelihoods and food security. To achieve this three main objectives have been identified: (1) Develop and deploy methods to characterize relevant vegetation characteristics using optical and thermal imaging from unmanned aerial vehicles - specifically in wheat crops and vegetation that locusts breed within - that will support pest and disease dynamic monitoring and management in China. (2) Develop and deliver a forecast capability for locust and wheat rust infestation, based on satellite remote sensing and meteorological forecast models, informed and validated by UAV imagery. (3) Deliver and validate a forecasting and assessment capability for pest and disease targeted control, based on deployment of biopesticides - and including new capabilities for biopesticide deployment from UAVs. (4) Develop advanced UAV mission and path planning tools, so that the spraying tasks can be carried out by UAVs more efficiently and accurately
1. Establish a mutually beneficial research relationship between Loughborough University (UK) and Tongji University (China) that will develop expertise in the challenges and opportunities associated with the role of graphic design for urban heritage 2. Create a taxonomy of urban graphic heritage objects for the purpose of informing future design, guidance and planning in graphic design for urban heritage 3. Encourage interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary knowledge exchange between design, planning and heritage professionals for the benefit of new and innovative creative industries practices in China and the UK 4. Develop the relationships, knowledge and outputs from collaboration to explore opportunities to extend the research through more substantive applications for funding between UK and China
[Viet Nam] Valuing the benefits of blue/green infrastructure for flood resilience, natural capital and urban development in Viet NamUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
Raising awareness of inclusive crafts: building capacity and self-sufficiency of communication within the Charity SAFOD and the Countries of SA.UK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
The proposed follow-on funding will be used to promote the work of disabled artists and crafts people; to tell their story and show how they live a positive and full life. It is also a platform to celebrate their skills and capability, culture, history and background, through the artefacts they produce on a regional and international level. The funding will be used to raise awareness of the opportunities for members of the Southern Africa Federation of the Disabled (SAFOD) to engage with inclusive crafts activities, as well as promote a positive message about disability and disabled people to a wider community. This proposal will deliver the following objectives: A) Promote and celebrate the quality and diversity of inclusive arts and crafts produced by the members of SAFOD and affiliated groups through an Exhibition that will include examples of Inclusive arts and crafts and other resources related to Assistive technology and disability; B) To build capacity for SAFOD to communicate effectively with all its affiliations and the 50,000 people they help, moving towards self-sufficiency and self-financing of future publications; C) Through the Exhibition, catalogue and associated resources raise awareness of the work of SAFOD and to reach out to other Disabled People Organisations (DPO's), disabled individuals, Local and National Government as well as other Charities and Healthcare in the Region; D) Through the exhibition, tell the stories of craftsmen and crafts women who currently produce arts and crafts artefacts as an inspiration for all disabled people to follow; E) Provide the resources for disabled people to engage in Inclusive arts and crafts, as well as sign-post to pathways to becoming a commercial artist or craftsperson, through a printed catalogue and websites; F) To train SAFOD staff in aspects of graphic and web design, to enable them to be self-sufficient in publicising their work and available AT resources via a printed catalogue and website; G) To run a graphic design competition for the catalogue and associated website with Loughborough Design students to provide a wide range of presentation options from which SAFOD staff can choose their preferred style and format; H) To monitor and highlight the impact of the exhibition, catalogue and website through an increased number of enquires directly to SAFOD for membership and additional resources, website and social media traffic.
Circular Plastic: Utilising frontier technology and user-centred design to add value to plastic waste, facilitating entrepreneurship and employmentUK - Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy
This challenge cluster will begin to establish a new network of academics, engineers and designers in underfunded DAC countries, to tackle the grand challenge of plastic waste management and use it to create new, locally designed products using 3D printing. This will add significant value to the waste and reduce reliance on unsustainable, unreliable supply chains. This is both timely and strategically important as there is an ever-growing concern for the volume of plastic waste being discarded in a landfill and in the oceans, especially in LMICs. If this waste can be diverted and the value significantly increased through the production of new products, it not only helps protect the environment but enables new businesses to develop circular products which meet specific local needs. In addition, this project helps to develop approaches to the sustainable dissemination of frontier technology, such as 3D printing and helps to progress distributed manufacture in Africa and other DAC areas. The overarching aim of this cluster is to establish a network to develop a circular approach to plastic waste management in LMICs by converting plastic waste for use in 3D printers and facilitating entrepreneurship and creating opportunities for employment. Specifically, four project objectives have been identified; - Create two network hubs to explore the process of taking the plastic waste and adding value by turning it into new 3D printed products in DAC countries to understand the scalability of the process. - Synthesise current technology research to understand the repeatability of the process. - Highlight innovative, user-centred product concepts and entrepreneurial possibilities of the technology and embed the knowledge with local partners in DAC countries (through local workshops). - Translate design documentation into an accessible format (website, toolkit, video) which can be accessed around the world to create new hubs in preparation for follow-on funding.