Partnership Fund

The ORCA Partnership Resource Fund (PRF) enables the Hub to expand its current work into new areas with a clearly identified industrial need.


Participating researchers will benefit from the strong interactions established within the Hub as well as the multidisciplinary aspect of the expertise represented in the current themes.

The PRF funding of £2.58M (EPSRC) is open to any UK university and is intended to fund research activities relating to the existing strategic themes through an identified white space, innovative complimentary research or a collaborative project with an industry partner or partners. Successful proposals will work to advance the Hub’s research and technology through clearly defined impact acceleration activities.

Hub activities are reviewed on an annual basis to direct or re-allocate resources through the use of open calls for both core research and commercialisation actions.

Partnership Fund proposals were reviewed by the following members of the ORCA International Scientific Advisory Panel (ISAP):

Professor Gregory O’Hare (University College Dublin)

Professor Anthony (Tony) Cohn (The Alan Turing Institute)

Professor Christopher Bailey (University of Greenwich)

Dr. Simon Watson (University of Manchester)

Professor Lorenzo Strigini (City University of London)

Prof. Rob Richardson (University of Leeds)

Dr. Mohan Sridharan (University of Birmingham)

Prof. Manuel Giuliani (University of Bristol)

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Simon Reeve - VP Technology & Innovation, Lloyds Register:

"The oil and gas sector is really looking at how it can continue to be effective to get the maximum output from the North Sea, but also keep costs down and improve efficiency, and improve safety. So the ORCA Hub is critical in providing the skills and the technologies that will be necessary for that journey."

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