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  • Social Sciences (MaGW) Physical Sciences STW Technology Foundation

    Call for Proposals

    URSES+: application in the urban context

    2016 - Second round

    The Hague, January 2016

    Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

  • Contents

    1 Introduction 1 1.1 Background 1

    1.2 Available budget 1

    1.3 Validity of the Call for Proposals 1

    2 Purpose 2 3 Guidelines for applicants 3

    3.1 Who can apply 3

    3.2 What can be applied for 3

    3.3 When can applications be submitted 3

    3.4 Preparing the application 3

    3.5 Specific grant conditions 3

    3.6 Submitting the application 3

    4 Assessment procedure 5 4.1 Procedure 5

    4.2 Criteria 5

    5 Contact details and other information 6 5.1 Contact 6

    5.1.1 Specific questions 6

    5.1.2 Technical questions about the electronic application system, ISAAC 6

    5.2 Other information 6

    6 Appendices 7

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    Chapter 1: Introduction / URSES+: application in the urban context

    1 Introduction

    1.1 Background

    Shell, Amsterdam Institute for Advanced Metropolitan Solutions (AMS),

    Switch2SmartGrids (S2SG), a Top Consortium for Knowledge and Innovation

    (TKI)1 and NWO are collaborating in the URSES research programme, which

    focuses on R&D in smart and renewable energy systems. AMSs involvement

    means that the researchers now have the possibility to test their potential

    innovations in the urban context of the Amsterdam metropolitan area. This Call

    offers ongoing research projects the opportunity to submit an application for

    funding to further develop their current URSES research in terms of practical

    applications. We call this a lead project. A total of eleven URSES research

    projects at different universities in the Netherlands can submit a proposal for a

    lead project.

    There is a huge demand for more intelligent applications in the electricity grid,

    from generating electricity at home with solar panels, plugging electric cars into

    the grid, to developing better systems for heat and cold storage in the ground.

    Smart energy systems are vital for reliable energy supply and for keeping

    electricity generated from new energy sources affordable.

    AMS has joined the URSES research programme, which Shell has been involved

    with as an industrial partner since its inception. AMSs participation and

    contribution will enable the researchers to translate their URSES projects into

    relevant project results and practical applications in the Amsterdam metropolitan


    Collaboration between the different research disciplines and with businesses, or

    transdisciplinary research, is ultimately aimed at practical applications of the

    research results. It is important to look beyond technical innovation, as the

    transition to smart and renewable energy systems also requires research into the

    societal aspects of introducing these new and smart energy systems.

    The URSES research programme falls under the NWO contribution to the Energy

    Top Sector, specifically the NWO theme of Sustainable Energy. The programme is

    entirely consistent with and geared to the Switch2SmartGrids Top Consortium for

    Knowledge and Innovation (S2SG TKI), which is part of the Energy Top Sector.

    URSES is a joint initiative of the NWO divisions of Social Sciences (MaGW),

    Physical Sciences (EW), STW Technology Foundation, and Shell. The duration of

    the research is four years; the maximum duration of the lead projects is two


    1.2 Available budget

    The available budget for this Call is a maximum of 1.7 million.

    1 In the 2016-2019 period, three TKIs (Switch2SmartGrids, Solar Energy and EnerGo) will collaborate in the

    Urban Energy TKI.

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    Chapter 1: Introduction / URSES+: application in the urban context

    Researchers in the lead projects will cooperate with private and/or public

    partners. These partners will make in-kind contributions to this research project

    (see 3.2: What can be applied for).

    1.3 Validity of the Call for Proposals

    This Call for Proposals is valid until the closing date of 28 April 2016.

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    Chapter 2: Purpose / URSES+: application in the urban context

    2 Purpose

    Objective of the funding instrument

    Much of our energy consumption takes place in the major cities and metropolitan

    areas of the world, and this has a significant impact on the quality of life.

    Focusing on smarter and more sustainable energy systems at the urban scale is

    therefore essential to ensure more efficient use of increasingly scarce raw

    materials and energy sources. Large cities with high population densities are

    generally more efficient in terms of average energy consumption per capita than

    sparsely populated areas, and they offer ample opportunities for further efficiency

    improvements and integration of renewable energy sources. At the same time,

    the scarcity of available space and resources as well as more stringent

    regulations and institutional frameworks present major challenges.

    The purpose of this funding instrument is to finance additional research aimed at

    designing, developing and testing the solutions researched in the URSES projects,

    as well as determining how these solutions can be made suitable for the future

    energy systems of large cities and metropolises and what the preconditions are

    for successful application.

    Ultimately, the additional research should contribute to the application,

    integration and valorisation of the knowledge and solutions acquired in the URSES

    programme within this metropolitan context.

    Sub-objectives of this funding round

    This includes applied research aimed at developing URSES project results that are

    relevant for solving metropolitan energy supply issues into applicable methods,

    models, principle solutions or prototypes that can be tested or validated in pilots,

    proof-of-concepts or case studies.

    The solutions must be relevant for the Amsterdam metropolitan area (i.e. they

    must have a bearing on issues or specific challenges in the energy supply for the

    Amsterdam metropolitan area), or must be capable of being implemented in the

    Amsterdam metropolitan area or the City of Amsterdam, or being tested in a

    pilot, proof-of-concept study or case study in this region.

    Knowledge utilisation by public and private parties must be strengthened by

    focusing on the integration and implementation of design principles, solutions,

    and research in the urban energy systems developed in URSES projects.

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    Chapter 3: Guidelines for applicants / URSES+: application in the urban context

    3 Guidelines for applicants

    3.1 Who can apply

    Project leaders with an ongoing project in the URSES programme can apply. They

    will be personally invited to submit a proposal.

    The URSES+: application in the urban context Call for Proposals is

    interdisciplinary, and is aimed at collaboration with partners in the business

    sector, public sector and civil society organisations. The existing consortia,

    possibly expanded with new partners or continuing without partners who have

    left, are invited to submit an application. Any new partners should be included in

    the existing consortium agreements. It is also possible for existing consortia to

    jointly submit an application.

    The main applicant/project leader submits the application on behalf of the entire

    project consortium and is responsible for the consistency and results as well as

    financial accounting for the proposal. Members of the consortium should be listed

    as a co-applicant in the application when submitting the proposal in ISAAC.

    3.2 What can be applied for

    The application is divided into a project part A and a project part B. With respect

    to project part A, a maximum of 16% of the total project budget of the individual

    project (URSES budget (84%) plus URSES+ budget (16%) = total project

    budget) can be applied for. In project part B, an additional 100,000 can be

    applied for per project.

    A maximum of 16% funding per project is available from AMS in respect of the

    total project budget (URSES budget (84%) plus URSES+ budget (16%) = total

    project budget). The application for this part is called project part A. Project part

    A of each project can be awarded on condition that the application is rated

    Excellent or Very Good. Project leaders will be given the opportunity to jointly

    submit an application. In that case the available budgets for the relevant projects

    are combined. If a project leader decides not to submit an application, the

    relevant budget will not be available for other projects.

    An additional 100,000 per project is available from the S2SG TKI for the projects

    with the highest ranking, with a total available budget of 400,000. The

    application for this part is called project part B. Applicants are not required to

    apply for the full amount of 100,000 for project part B; they may also apply for

    less. This means it is possible for more than four projects to be financed from the

    S2SG TKI contribution.

    Applications for project parts A and B are reviewed against all the criteria

    mentioned under 4.2 Criteria; all three criteria are equally weighted.

    It may be the case that only project part A of the applic