Application Form for Co-Investigator and Management Group Roles in the new Supergen Bioenergy Hub

The new Supergen Bioenergy Hub led by Prof. Patricia Thornley at Aston University will have 5 topic areas:

  • Biomass & Waste
  • Pre-processing Technologies
  • Conversion Engineering
  • Energy Vectors
  • System Modelling

Each of these will have a Topic Group Leader who will be a project Co-I responsible for developing and managing a research programme, maintaining a working knowledge of all UK and relevant international research activity in their topic area and ensuring that the community within their area remains engaged with the Hub by suggesting and organizing events, horizon scanning for new opportunities and supporting maintenance of a central database of relevant industrial and policy contacts.

In addition each sub group will have a Topic Representative, who will also support strategy development, event planning, proposal review and represent the Hub externally. The Topic Representatives will not lead Hub-funded core research but will be eligible (along with the rest of the UK research community) to apply for Hub flexible funding during the lifetime of the project.

Watch a video of Prof. Patricia Thornley explaining the process in further detail.

Application Process

To apply for a role as Topic Group Leader or Topic Representative please download the Supergen Bioenergy Hub Application Form and complete Part A (i) (ii),and Part B.

Please note that Part A requests personal details which will not be used in evaluation of the application.

Please e-mail completed applications by 12 noon on Wednesday 22nd November 2017 to Dr. Aysha Roohi:  (Subject: Supergen Bioenergy Hub Application with role and area applying for).

Successful applicants will then attend a 2 day workshop in Manchester from 30th November to 1st December, during which the main content of the proposal will be developed.


Standard RCUK rules on eligibility of investigators and co-investigators apply and candidates should confirm that they meet these prior to submitting their application. Please see

We would particularly like to encourage applications from early career researchers. If any such researchers envisage problems meeting the eligibility criteria please contact Prof. Patricia Thornley at the earliest opportunity to discuss.

Key Dates

12:00 on 22nd November 2017: Deadline for applications under this call

28th November 2017: Decision communicated to applicants

30th November – 1st December 2017: Two-day workshop for proposal writing

18th January 2018: Proposal submission to EPSRC


Please contact Prof. Patricia Thornley: (07798 858295) or

Dr. Aysha Roohi: (0161 306 3804)

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