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What is the Research Register?
What information is currently held?
How can I search the database?
How accurate is the data?
What types of partners are listed?
How is a project's value split and allocated?
Why does the spend for a given energy category not agree exactly with other published data?
How is a project assigned to a category?
What to do if you think your project's details are Incorrect
What to do if one of your energy-related projects is not Listed
The UKERC Research Register has been prepared by the Science and Technology Facilities Council's Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The Register allows online searches to be carried out on a database of UK publicly funded energy Research and Development. Each project in the Register has been assigned a set of energy 'categories' thus enabling highly targeted searches to be carried out. Links are provided to project-specific www sites, and to PDFs of project papers and reports, where these have been provided by the lead researcher.
The content of the Register will constantly evolve as details
of newly funded projects are added.
Current list of contents.
The database can be searched in two distinct modes :
Whilst the Register allows analysis of R&D funding to be carried out, either on a whole project basis, or by Calendar Year, or by Financial Year, it is very important to appreciate that the funding distribution during a grant is assumed to be constant. Subsequently it might be possible to include some limited information about industrial co-funding (subject to us receiving the data from the data providers).
The lead partner of a project (defined as the person/body who is contracted by the funding body) is called the "Principal Investigator" (PI) - there can only be one PI for each project. Other partners who are known to be receiving funding to carry out the project are known as "Other Investigators" (OIs). Other organisations associated with the project but not in receipt of funding are known as "Industrial Collaborators" (ICs). Individual researchers who have helped propose the project and whose salary costs are being paid using the project's funding are sometimes known as "Recognised Researchers" (RRs). There is no limit to the number of OIs, ICs, or RRs for a given project.
In multi-partner projects (eg consortia) the lead partner (PI) receives the total grant and manages its distribution to the other partners (OIs). Therefore a detailed funding breakdown is only shown where this information has been provided by the lead partner. For multi-partner projects, the initial assumption made is that the lead partner (PI) receives 99.99% of the funding and the other partners (OIs) a nominal amount - and the lead partner asked to provide a more accurate breakdown. Any Industrial Collaborators (ICs) and Recognised Researchers (RRs) are shown as receiving 0%. The spend on any grant is assumed to be at a constant rate per month.
The data obtained from the Register should not be compared with that from individual funding bodies, as often different energy categorisation schemes and definitions, and spend rates will have been used.
Whilst we take note of any categorisation which has been made by the funding body, we apply a specially designed UKERC categorisation scheme to each project. The category consists of four distinct parts:
The detailed definitions of the four parts are given in the Category List . It should be noted that the categorisation scheme allows percentages to be assigned between different topics.
Please email us at ERCPManager@stfc.ac.uk and we will make the necessary updates to the database - we would particularly welcome PDFs of reports to upload, links to project-specific www sites , and information about the distribution of funding between partners.
Please email us at ERCPManager@stfc.ac.uk giving details of the funding body, project title and reference number, start date, end date, and value.For further detailed information about the Research Register please email Jim Halliday, Head of the Energy Research Unit, Science and Technology Facilities Council at ERCPManager@stfc.ac.uk