Healthy Nation

Our health - our state of mental and physical wellbeing - affects our quality of life, the resilience of communities and the productivity of the nation. Advances based on new research in the engineering and physical sciences will revolutionise our ability to manage our own health, help us to maintain healthier behaviours and environments, and transform the way care is delivered. Novel technologies and materials will continue to improve our ability to predict, diagnose and treat disease. Research will deliver better quality of life, higher standards of affordable care and will drive UK growth through new products and services.

Priorities specifically addressing the above outcomes will, over the Delivery Plan period, form a significant element of our 'top-down' strategic research programme, which will constitute around 40% of our portfolio. By presenting challenges in terms of outcomes for the UK, our aim is for all researchers, across the entire EPSRC remit, to consider how they will contribute and how they can combine with others in the multi-disciplinary approaches required to solve the national and global problems of our age. We will also welcome initiatives from the academic and business communities to develop challenge-led programmes that contribute to these.

Example priority areas for strategic programmes:

  • Transforming community health and care
  • Improving prevention and public health.

Outcomes and Ambitions



Transform community health and care
Using real-time information to support self-management of health and to facilitate timely interventions delivered through new models of care.
Improve prevention and public health
Using technologies to understand and influence behavioural and environmental determinants of health and wellbeing, and to revolutionise built infrastructures to support healthy, independent living.
Optimise diagnosis and treatment
Optimising care through effective diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based treatment planning.
Develop future therapeutic technologies
Supporting the development of novel therapies with technologies to enhance efficacy, minimise costs and reduce risk to patients.
Advance non-medicinal interventions
Restoring function, and optimising surgery and other non-medicinal interventions to achieve high precision with minimal invasiveness.

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