At the heart of IDRIC’s mission is to accelerate the decarbonisation of the UK’s industrial clusters through research and innovation. We believe that to develop the timely solutions needed to decarbonise we need to embed collaboration at our centre. Our flexible funding and secondment funds offer the opportunity to respond to emerging and/or urgent research needs from industry partners and stakeholders, whilst bringing people together to share knowledge and expertise. IDRIC are delighted to launch calls for these two funds, as well as an impact accelerator fund to capitalise on opportunities to have impact which have emerged through existing IDRIC projects. x

Flexible Funding

Funding for short projects in urgent or emerging research areas

Impact Accelerator

Funding to accelerate the impact of existing IDRIC projects


Support skill development and knowledge exchange between industrial decarbonisation stakeholders

Comparison of funding opportunities

Flexible Funding

Impact Accelerator

Emerging research areas
Impact acceleration of existing IDRIC projects
Support skill development and knowledge exchange industrial decarbonisation stakeholders

1-9 months
1-9 months
1-9 months
Total fund

Funding available per project

Up to £100,000
Up to £30,000
Up to £50,000
Costs covered

Project costs
Project costsSecondee salary, travel and subsistence
Funding must be awarded to UKRI-eligible organisation
Funding must be awarded to UKRI-eligible organisation. Applicants must be a named researcher on a IDRIC Wave 1 or 2 research project

Funding can be awarded to any organisation at 80% fEC.
Call open
Call closes
See rolling call closing dates below

See rolling call closing dates below
See rolling call closing dates below

Call Timelines*:

Round one

Closing date: CLOSED
Round two

Closing date: CLOSED
Round three

Closing date: CLOSED
Round four

Closing date: CLOSED

It is the intention for the review and award process to take no longer than 4 weeks for the secondment fund and no longer than 6 weeks for the flexible funding and impact accelerator fund. Awards are expected to be given within these timelines

*If an applicant makes a strong case that they are responding to a time-sensitive opportunity and application process timelines do not fit with their needs, we will assess the proposal outside the normal timelines. Applicants should email to discuss their proposal first if this is the case.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are expected by UKRI to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion is considered and supported at all stages, in alignment with their policies and principles at:

We are committed to supporting the research community and want to ensure our opportunities are inclusive and flexible. With this in mind, we welcome applications from academics who job share, have a part-time contract, or need flexible working arrangements. Central to EPSRC funding decisions, we are committed to ensuring that fairness is fully reflected in all our funding processes and supports equality, diversity and inclusion.

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