Grants to attend UK-Gulf, water-food-energy nexus symposium

The deadline for submitting an application has been extended to 16 October.

About this opportunity

We are offering grants to researchers in the UK to participate in a research symposium in Bahrain on the food-energy-water nexus. 

Grants will cover all transport, accommodation and meals associated with participation in the event.

The symposium will take place 23-24 November 2016 in Bahrain (moved from 9-10 November)

The deadline for submitting an application is 16 October 2016.


  • Applicants must be employed by research instituton in the UK. 
  • Researchers of any relevant academic discipline are eligible.
  • Researchers of all career stages are encouraged to apply.


The Water-Food-Energy nexus is a high priority research area for both the UK and the Gulf. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) leads on UK energy research in support of UK Government targets. It has been focusing on large-scale solutions to water scarcity. Fresh water in GCC countries (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) is scarce and existing desalination technologies are incredibly energy intensive. A substantial amount of oil revenue is consumed annually to generate energy for seawater desalination. Rapid population growth and the desire to improve living standards (together with water pollution due to industrial use of water) are increasing water and energy demands. To secure the future supply of water and energy sources we must make use of alternative sources of energy and technologies. 

The symposium will invite open discussions and investment in future interdisciplinary research to target water efficiency through emerging clean energy technologies, with the aim of forming UK-Gulf country long term collaborations. The symposium will also look into recent advances in desalination and water reuse technologies including the integration of clean energy desalination such as solar thermal desalination. We encourage early-career scientific researchers to present their stimulating research and ideas for knowledge transfer related to water and energy.

This Symposium, organised in collaboration by the British Council, the UK Science & Innovation Network and the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

How to apply

Download the Information Document available below. Send completed application forms to before the deadline of 16 October 2016.