Eaga Charitable Trust has made its final grant payment before closure to the Fuel Poverty Research Network (FPRN) for a two-year project to support postgraduate students, early career researchers and early career practitioners. The project aims to contribute to efforts to tackle fuel and energy poverty through original research, publication and participation in events, conferences and symposia. Entitled ‘Engaging with Energy Poverty in Early Career’ (EPEC), it will see the FPRN award small research grants across two rounds of funding, in addition to bursaries to enable those in their early career to engage with the international debate around fuel and energy poverty by attending and contributing to conferences and events.
David Kidney, Chair of Eaga Charitable Trust, said: “This is the Trust’s final grant award before it closes. For over 25 years Eaga Charitable Trust has worked tirelessly to promote high quality research, its dissemination and practical application. We have been particularly keen to support young researchers at the start of their career, and their talent and strong commitment to help eradicate fuel poverty is impressive. We are delighted that the Trust’s remaining funds have been allocated to developing work to support early career researchers and practitioners and the Fuel Poverty Research Network is uniquely placed to undertake this project.”
Professor Aimee Ambrose, Chair of the Fuel Poverty Research Network explained: “Our Network is, first and foremost, a forum where the producers and users of fuel poverty research and intelligence can come together to pursue their shared aims, and what’s distinctive about the EPEC project is that we are encouraging academics and practitioners to work together to access the funding. We welcome research that prioritises exploration of lived experiences of energy poverty, and which enables knowledge transfer between research, policy and practice.”
The project will be led and delivered by the FPRN Trustees and will be overseen by an Independent Advisory Committee comprising fuel and energy poverty experts of international repute. Opportunities to apply for funding under the EPEC project will be advertised next month.
Notes to Editors
 The Eaga Charitable Trust was an independent grant-giving trust that supported research focused on understanding and addressing the causes and effects of fuel poverty. The Trust has now closed and, to ensure that its impact continues into the future, it has produced an online research archive and a range of resources directed at policy makers and practitioners which can be found at http://www.fuelpovertylibrary.info/.
 FPRN was created in April 2016 with the intention of fostering dialogue between research and practice. This has been realised through seven events around the UK and the creation of a lively email list (191 members currently). In 2021 we will deliver our first intentional event in Portugal with funding from the EU Engager COST Action. In 2019 the Network became a registered charity and amongst its objectives is the provision of support to researchers and practitioners early in their career. For further information about the FPRN, please visit our website at: https://www.fuelpovertyresearch.net/. You can contact Aimee Ambrose, Chair of the FPRN at: aimee[at]fuelpovertyresearch.net.