Chesshire Lehmann Fund: Call for Proposals Relating to Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency

The Chesshire Lehmann Fund is currently inviting proposals from early career academics wishing to undertake active research into the relationship between fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

The Chesshire Lehmann Fund was established in the memory of Professor John Chesshire and Dr Peter Lehmann who were both committed to community and environmental energy causes long before awareness of climate change became widespread. Their academic backgrounds provided them with the ability to build an intellectual framework which, combined with their natural down-to-earth communication skills, meant that few politicians could refute their arguments that capital expenditure on insulation, more efficient heating systems, lighting and appliances, coupled with advice on energy efficiency was the sustainable solution to fuel poverty.  Both men were very active across a range of professional bodies and were also engaged in charitable causes linked to energy efficiency and poverty alleviation.


The primary objective of the fund is to support young academics and community groups wishing to undertake active research or evaluation into the relationship between fuel poverty and energy efficiency.

For further information on the background to the Chesshire Lehmann Fund, and for the call guidelines please visit the website.

Education Endowment Grants

The Education Endowment Foundation (EEF) exists to fund, develop and evaluate cost effective and replicable projects which address educational disadvantage.

Our focus is on supporting innovation and on scaling up projects which have a measurable impact on attainment or a directly related outcome.

If you are considering applying for funding please read about who can apply, the scale of support available, the process and timeline, and guidance notes prior to completing the application form.

What Will We Fund?

In the first instance we expect to fund projects run by schools and other not for profit organisations which fit within one of four broad approaches:

  1. Testing and incubating new ideas which have a proof of concept
  2. Bringing initiatives from other contexts to disadvantaged students and schools (this could include, for example, programmes from overseas or from the independent sector)
  3. Scaling up initiatives which have been proven to work on a modest scale
  4. Developing projects with potential that have not, to date, been delivered or evaluated effectively

The EEF is not intended to replace existing sources of funding or to enable organisations and schools to continue with core or well-established programmes: EEF funds are intended to incubate new ideas or to significantly advance existing projects or organisations. Applications must seek to raise educational attainment directly, or to affect a tangible outcome that has a clear link to attainment.

FileEEF Application form guidance notes

Supported projects are expected to be in the order of at least £50,000 per year.