The ‘Energy Research Partnership’ was announced by the Chancellor in his March 2005 Budget Statement to bring together key funders of energy research, development, demonstration and deployment (RDD&D) in Government, industry and academia, plus other interested bodies, to provide high-level leadership for, and to enhance the coherence of, energy research and innovation activities in the UK, set within an international context.

The ERP is funded on a three-yearly cycle by its membership with its consortium agreement discussed, amended and renewed at the end of each cycle.


ERP is a public-private partnership seeking to guide and accelerate innovation in the energy sector through enhancing dialogue and collaboration. With a diverse range of energy sector stakeholders we aim to provide a reasoned and independent view, underpinned by industry, government and academic insight. Through a highly engaged membership, we are an open forum that seeks to inform debate, and help shape the Energy and Industrial strategy.

The ERP has a broad ‘Statement of Purpose’ covering:

  • Research and Development – targeting of UK priority technology areas;
  • Innovation – developing partnership models to stimulate and deliver innovation;
  • Policy – providing the factual basis to inform decision making;
  • Delivery – promoting the role of social science in understanding consumer preferences for the deployment of new technologies and innovations.

LEVERAGING TODAY’S PERSPECTIVES FOR TOMORROW’S ENERGY – read the lastest recommendations and impacts from ERP here.

ERP’s OVERVIEW SLIDE PACK (2016) provides a useful way to learn more about our organisation and to disseminate information about ERP and its work.

OVERARCHING THEMES FROM ERP ANALYSIS analyses ERP projects carried out over the past three years and highlights key or recurring themes for consideration.