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Christopher Vogel awarded funding by UKRI for research into offshore renewable resilience

Next generation of UK science leaders backed to bring innovations to market

Dr Christopher Vogel

Dr Christopher Vogel has been awarded a UK Research and Innovation Future Leaders Fellowship by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a government body that directs research and innovation funding.

He is one of 97 of the UK’s most promising science and research leaders being backed with £113 million, announced Science Minister Amanda Solloway today, to help bring innovative ideas from lab to market and provide bold solutions to tackle major global issues ranging from climate change to chronic disease.

"I will be looking at how to successfully scale up offshore renewable energy to meet net-zero targets"

The Fellowship will enable Dr Vogel to research how offshore wind energy can scale up to meet the levels of deployment needed to meet the UK’s net-zero targets for 2050.

He says, “Through my fellowship, I will be looking at how to successfully scale up offshore renewable energy to meet net-zero targets with a holistic view of how technology development and operation can contribute to a reliable and resilient electricity network”.

UKRI’s flagship Future Leaders Fellowships scheme aims to establish the careers of the next generation of world class British scientists. The investment will enable researchers at universities and businesses to progress their studies quickly by funding essential equipment and paying for researcher wages.

UKRI Chief Executive, Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, said: “I am delighted that UKRI is able to support the next generation of research and innovation leaders through our Future Leaders Fellowship programme. The new Fellows announced today will have the support and freedom they need to pursue their research and innovation ideas, delivering new knowledge and understanding and tackling some of the greatest challenges of our time.”

Other Oxford researchers who received the Fellowship in 2021 are Dr Alexander Davies, Dr Kirsty Duffy, Dr Louise Slater, Dr Regent Lee, Dr Robert Weatherup, Dr Weston Struwe and Dr James Newton. Further details.