NERC Environmental Response to Hydrogen Emissions – Knowledge Exchange Fellow
Closing Date: 13/10/2022
Funding for a knowledge exchange (KE) fellow to support funded projects and accelerate impact throughout the cycle of the environmental response to hydrogen emissions programme.
The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has announced the Environmental Response to Hydrogen Emissions – Knowledge Exchange Fellow call to fund a knowledge exchange (KE) fellow to support the projects funded in the environmental response to hydrogen emissions programme.
The call is funded by NERC and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The funders (NERC and BEIS), along with the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Department for Transport (DfT), is establishing a Programme Executive Board (PEB) to oversee the progress of the programme.
The KE fellowship will enable the sharing, flow and translation of knowledge and expertise between the environmental response to hydrogen emissions programme and its stakeholders, partners and user communities. The fellow will focus on accelerating and amplifying impact throughout the cycle of the programme, by engaging and working with a range of stakeholders (as well as the researchers funded through the programme), such as policymakers, industry, user communities and business intermediaries.
Impact is defined according to the Research Excellence Framework (REF) definition as an effect on, change or benefit to the economy, society, culture, public policy or services, health, the environment or quality of life, beyond academia.
Key stakeholders, partners and user communities the fellow will interact with, and who will benefit from the programme of work and what impacts this may generate, should be identified. This should specifically focus on relationships with the programme partners (BEIS, Defra and DfT) and relevant UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) activities. Other partners may include, but are not limited to, hydrogen producers, users (potential and real) and the energy community.
Applicants should consider how the project will enhance the impact of the environmental response to hydrogen emissions research programme related to the wider community. This should be through connecting with the most suitable stakeholders to generate impact in terms of reach (how widely the impact has been felt) and significance (how much difference was made to the beneficiaries).
Other expected requirements of the KE fellow are:
- Strengthening existing partnerships with key stakeholders (including BEIS, Defra, DfT and UKRI). Briefings are anticipated to be both written and verbal.
- Identification of and engagement plans for other key stakeholders.
- Developing and strengthening relationships within the programme (and across funded projects), which may lead to synergies and combined outputs.
- Supporting funded projects within the programme to be agile to key stakeholder requirements, for example, setting up a feedback framework between researchers and policy stakeholders (BEIS, Defra and DfT) to reflect and respond to developing policy for research and users.
- Consider public engagement as a key part of knowledge exchange to translate research outcomes, enabling a route to increasing the impact of research.
- Identification of the knowledge needs of business, non-government organisations and policymakers.
- Developing new market opportunities for the exploitation of research outcomes.
- Providing briefings and reports suitable for policymakers and business users.
- Demonstrating suitable plans for feedback to key stakeholders through reports or other appropriate reporting mechanisms. It is anticipated that the KE fellow will have at least monthly interaction with assigned contacts within BEIS, Defra and DfT, while allowing flexibility for ad-hoc and out-of-schedule updates (eg at specific milestone points within the programme). The funders welcome applicants proposing innovative and effective ways of delivering these activities.
There will be a programme wide kick-off meeting in early 2023 for funded projects, as well as biannual cross-programme meetings, which the KE fellow is expected to participate in. An end of programme synthesis report will be developed with input and engagement from all projects. Due to the interlinked nature of the topics of projects funded, the KE fellow will play a key role in the transfer and sharing of information between projects, synthesised through the report, which will feed directly to BEIS, Defra and DfT to inform policy decisions.