Working or studying in energy? Want to win £500? Then enter the Heriot-Watt Scottish Energy Researcher of the Year Awards – today!

The Energy Academy at Heriot-Watt University is working in partnership with Scottish Energy News to celebrate achievement by individuals or companies that have been working on energy or energy-related research for less than 10-years.

Do you stand out from your peers? Are you:

  • An enthusiastic undergraduate
  • A post-graduate doing further research?
  • Already working in research and development (R&D)?


When you look back on what you’ve done or look forward to what you are going to do, how has this or how might this shape the direction of future research or R&D in the energy sector in Scotland?


If you can convince our panel of judges of the impact or potential impact of your work, or you know someone that you think is worthy of consideration, you/they could win an award of £500. But we need to hear from you!


The awards will be presented at a ceremony hosted by the Green Investment Bank in Edinburgh on Thursday 14th May by the Minister for Business, Energy and Tourism, Fergus Ewing, MSP. 



Prizes will be awarded to one individual or company in each of the following categories:

  • Energy and the environment;
  • Energy in the marine environment;
  • Energy materials and storage;
  • Energy and fossil fuels;
  • Energy infrastructure and society; and
  • Energy entrepreneurship.



The competition is open to any company or individual undertaking pure or applied research and/or research and development at a Scottish university, HEI or company (irrespective of size).  There’s no age limit, but you need to have been working on energy or energy-related research for less than 10-years.


How to apply

Send us your CV and a good story about yourself and what you’ve done or what you are about to do – it’s as simple as that.  E-mail your application to:

What you should include

As well as the above, we would like to see:

  • a letter of nomination (although applicants may self-nominate);
  • some evidence of the quality of your work or the impact it has had or you, or your peers think that it’s likely to have (we aren’t being prescriptive about this; it’s up to you how you choose to do this);
  • how you are committed to the future development of energy research and R&D in Scotland

Our panel will be looking for:

  • Early-career researchers, an excellent academic record relative to your peers at the same stage of your career and evidence of how you are going to develop this; and/or
  • Evidence of an outstanding contribution to your chosen field of energy- or energy-related research.
  • Applicants for the energy entrepreneurship category, evidence of how your work has made or you think will make, a demonstrable contribution to society and the economy in Scotland.


The deadline for applications has been rescheduled to: Tuesday 17 March 2015.

The shortlist of finalists will be announced approximately one month before the Awards ceremony in May 2015.

For more information, contact:

Dr. Patrick McCarthy

Heriot-Watt University

Tel: 0131 451 3881




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