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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Deadline for applications: 31st August 2021

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council offers a range of open deadline grant opportunities for researchers.

We are pleased to invite proposals for our New Investigator Grants.

New Investigator Grants form one element of our support for early career researchers and the scheme is specifically aimed at supporting those looking to make the transition to an independent researcher through managing their first major research project. These grants replace our Future Research Leaders scheme.

The call is open to high-quality candidates from anywhere in the world who have a maximum of four years’ postdoctoral experience and the support of an eligible UK research organisation. Grants ranging from £100,000 to £300,000 full Economic Cost (fEC) can be awarded.

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If you have an excellent idea for a research project, the best way to seek funding for it is through our Research Grants open call.

Awards ranging from £350,000 to £1 million (100 per cent full Economic Cost (fEC)) can be made to eligible institutions to enable individuals or research teams to undertake anything from a standard research project through to a large-scale survey and other infrastructure or methodological development.

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) are one of the biggest schemes we fund as part of our commitment to knowledge exchange.

The KTP scheme’s mission is to strengthen the UK’s competitiveness and wealth creation by enabling research organisations to apply their research knowledge to important business problems.

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We provide funding for knowledge exchange activities through Impact Acceleration Accounts (IAAs).

IAAs are block awards made to research organisations to accelerate the impact of research.

Allocation of funds is based on the size of research organisations’ recent ESRC research funding history and the strength of the institutional IAA business plan. Tried and tested by the ESRC and other Research Councils, IAAs allow research organisations to respond to knowledge exchange opportunities in more flexible, responsive and creative ways than centrally administered schemes.

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Proposals submitted to this call should clearly articulate the novel Engineering and Physical Sciences aspects of the proposed research project and how it will deliver the Healthcare Technologies theme strategy, and/or the investment priorities within the Healthy Nation of the EPSRC delivery plan.

We would particularly like to encourage research projects which address the priorities of “Transform community health and care” and “Improve prevention and public health”.
Proposals submitted in response to this call are expected to describe:

  • High quality projects where the novel engineering and physical sciences component comprises the majority of the proposed research
  • Multidisciplinary teams with the appropriate mix of skills and expertise for state of the art engineering and physical sciences research combined with a full understanding of user needs or “pull”
  • Alignment to relevant EPSRC strategies for Healthcare Technologies and how they will deliver aspects of the strategies
  • An identified health need that will be addressed through the project, and how the research outcomes will lead to improved clinical practice and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions
  • How the proposed research and associated impact activities have been designed to support and shorten the pathway to impact in health.

Additional support for specific activities to consider and resource through the pathways to impact part of the proposal can be found on the EPSRC website.

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