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A new fund, launched today, aims to support the development of innovative, life-changing new asthma technologies.

A new initiative launched today will provide mathematical sciences researchers with greater agility for early-stage idea generation and initial research through small funding grants.

The UK’s engineering and physical sciences community is being encouraged to take part in a series of surveys to inform plans to foster a diverse and inclusive research environment.

Following the launch of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils's (EPSRC) review of Support for Doctoral Education, two phases of engagement have taken place.

EPSRC are recruiting new members to the Strategic Advisory Network (SAN). The Strategic Advisory Network (SAN) provides the EPSRC Executive with advice and guidance on EPSRC policy development at a cross-cutting level.

The Henry Royce Institute for advanced materials research and innovation celebrated a key milestone earlier this year ahead of the new national hub becoming fully operational in 2021.

Walk-through scanners to map the human body and identify cancers, and robotic muscles to aid the recovery of stroke sufferers are among the visionary research projects announced today.

Research engineers, supported by EPSRC from UCL have achieved the world's fastest data transmission rate with an internet speed a fifth faster than the previous record.

Researchers funded by EPSRC and AHRC at the University of Bath, have been working with GB skeleton athletes to develop a new type of motion capture technology that can accurately track the performance of the athlete during push start phase of performance.

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Four researchers have been awarded fellowships to support international climate negotiations ahead of the 26th Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP26) through the provision and interpretation of scientific evidence.

Researchers at Swansea University, Imperial College London and the University of Oxford have launched a project to drive next-generation solar technology into new applications.

A new, more flexible fellowship scheme, ‘Open’ and ‘Open Plus’ Fellowships, will be announced by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) during autumn/winter 2020.

Saturday 25 July marks 100 years since the birth of Rosalind Franklin, whose research helped change the world.

UK Research and Innovation has awarded £3 million to support six research networks that will investigate solutions to air pollution.

Five new Engineering Engagement Champions will be supported to inspire the public and introduce more members of underrepresented groups to engineering.

Antibodies derived from llamas have been shown to neutralise the SARS-CoV-2 virus in lab tests, UK researchers announced today.

Researchers at the University of Liverpool have built an intelligent mobile robot scientist capable of carrying out its own experiments, which has already discovered a new catalyst.

A new National Research Facility (NRF) which represents a £10 million investment over 5 years from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in lab-based X-ray Computed Tomography, is set to launch in November this year.

As part of the partnership, each year ten holders of EPSRC engineering grants will be given WES membership, providing them with an opportunity to enhance their understanding of equality and diversity in engineering and engage with EPSRC.

One in three UK adults see a key role for the use of robotics in tackling the COVID-19 crisis and future pandemics, according to the results of a public poll released as part of UK Robotics Week.

EPSRC-supported researchers at the University of Southampton's Zepler Institute for Photonics and Nanoelectronics are developing a rapid bedside test for diagnosing neonatal Respiratory Distress Syndrome (nRDS) in premature babies.

The world is currently on track to fulfil scenarios on diverting atmospheric CO2 to underground reservoirs, according to a new EPSRC-supported study by Imperial College London.

Council members play a critical role in UKRI’s strategy development and governance, working with their Executive Chair to deliver their council's aims and objectives and to support UKRI's overall mission.

The Trustworthy Autonomous Systems Hub announced today, Thursday 4 June, will spearhead work to ensure that autonomous systems such as driverless cars and robots are trustworthy by default and can ultimately benefit society and industry.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is welcoming applications for membership of its Strategic Advisory Teams (SATs).

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm that can detect and identify different types of brain injuries.

Robotics researchers are being invited to submit breakthrough solutions to aid the global response to current and future pandemics as part of UK Robotics Week 2020.

Cutting-edge X-ray technology has allowed University of Warwick scientists to look back through time at the production of the armour worn by the crew of Henry VIII's favoured warship, the Mary Rose.

Researchers from Protein Production UK, a collaborative project led by The Rosalind Franklin Institute, have isolated nanobodies - a type of antibody used in research, which bind to the ‘spike’ protein of the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

Researchers at Northumbria University have developed a new optical sensing technology which can light up areas of an object or material by creating microscopic wrinkles and folds within its surface.

Collaborate to Innovate 2020, a major awards campaign run by The Engineer magazine is now open for entries.

UKRI will shortly be inviting proposals for an ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries Network Plus Grant. The Network Plus will provide academic leadership across the sectors and organise networking activities such as workshops, events and communications, to build sustained engagement and collaboration

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has awarded contracts to run elements of the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, which will represent a significant step forward in capability for the UK’s science community.

The Rosalind Franklin Institute has committed to developing a multi-million pound technology which enables a more accessible form of electron cryo-microscopy.

The next generation of research and innovation leaders will be supported through a major £179 million investment announced today Friday 6 March 2020.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, is proud to be celebrating the inaugural World Engineering Day for Sustainable Development during its Engineering Global Grand Challenge Retreat Workshop in London.

EPSRC is pleased to announce the recruitment of twelve members to the Science, Engineering and Technology Board (SETB).

As a step towards achieving the UK’s net-zero target, funding announced today will enable engineers, social scientists and natural scientists to conduct vital research on global energy challenges and their implications for the UK.

State-of-the-art supercomputing services announced today will boost UK researchers’ ability to make scientific breakthroughs, such as designing better batteries and improving drug design.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has today launched a consultation as part of its Open Access Review. The consultation will inform the development of a new open access policy, aimed at ensuring that the published outputs of research are widely and freely accessible to all.

For the first time, Pancreatic Cancer UK, Cancer Research UK (CRUK) and EPSRC are joining together for the fifth Early Detection Sandpit Innovation Workshop taking place from 29 November - 2 December 2020 in Bristol, focusing on novel technological approaches for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will launch a pilot call for transformative research projects, to trial streamlined application process. The New Horizons activity forms part of the EPSRC Delivery Plan objectives under Research Excellence.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has appointed a new member to the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s (EPSRC) Council – Dr Joe de Sousa, – Dr Joe de Sousa, Pharmaceutical Technology & Development, AstraZeneca UK Ltd.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has appointed Professor Mark Parsons as Director of Research Computing.

As part of a package of announcements today, the government has announced changes to Tier 1 Visas for researchers.

As part of a package of announcements today, the Government has announced additional funding for mathematical sciences.

As part of a package of announcements today, UK Research and Innovation has announced changes to our requirements on ‘Pathways to Impact’.

Chris Skidmore, Minister of State for Universities, Science Research and Innovation, has officially opened the UK Collaboratorium for Research in Infrastructure and Cities (UKCRIC) National Green Facility, at Newcastle University which allows engineers to test the performance of new technologies that can slow the flow of water in the event of extreme rainfall and reduce the risk of flooding in cities.

A review launched today, 16 January 2020, will consider doctoral education offered through the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

Shorter, cooler washes help clothes look better for longer and release fewer microfibres, shows EPSRC-funded research into washing machines’ impact on clothes and the environment.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) are seeking input to understand how research, including training and demonstration activities can best inform and accelerate the transition to net zero heating and cooling for the UK. 

Professor Lynn Gladden, Executive Chair of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), has been appointed a Dame for services to academic and industrial research in chemical engineering.

A showcase event featuring leading researchers from across the UK celebrated the far-reaching impact of the physical sciences, from quantum physics and two-dimensional materials to sustainable plastics.

The three UKRI councils, NERC, ESRC and EPSRC are pleased to confirm funding for a further five years of the UK membership of the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

The Strategic Priorities Fund (SPF) Clean Air programme is planning a series of workshops in early 2020 to scope upcoming funding opportunities through the programme.

EPSRC Chief Executive, Professor Lynn Gladden, has completed a nationwide series of Town Meetings to engage with people from across sectors on all aspects of EPSRC’s portfolio, including its new Delivery Plan.

Researchers at the University of Warwick have developed a new understanding of how liquids evaporate into vapour, pointing to potential applications for engineering design.

Cray has been awarded the contract to supply the hardware for the next national supercomputer, ARCHER2, following a procurement exercise delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

EPSRC are recruiting members to the new Science, Engineering and Technology Board from across our stakeholder groups to provide advice and guidance on the scientific, engineering, and technology aspects of our portfolio.

Leading researchers will team up with major industry names to place the UK at the forefront of efforts to build quantum computers, protect wireless networks from cyber-attacks and research the next generation of hybrid electric vehicles.

EPSRC-funded researchers use light to activate a cancer-killing compound which attacks the NADH co-enzyme – a vital energy-producing machinery in the cancer cells.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has reopened applications for membership of two of its Strategic Advisory Teams (SATs).

A new brand for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has been launched today as part of a unified identity for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

EPSRC is pleased to be involved in the UK-US Collaboration for digital scholarship in cultural institutions through the Digital Economy programme.

EPSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is proud to be supporting this year’s Global Grand Challenges Summit, the second in a series of summits jointly hosted by the UK, US, and Chinese academies of Engineering. 

Five-year Established Career Fellowship awarded to chemistry professor to research the production of plastics.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has appointed Professor Charlotte Deane as Deputy Executive Chair.

Five new networks will help to tackle climate change by removing barriers to low carbon transport in the UK, ranging from commercial flights using electric airplanes to decarbonised freight transport and hydrogen-fuelled cars.

Following on from our March 2019 workshop in Manchester, the new NERC Digital Environment team will be holding a series of regional workshops in October ahead of the next phase of the SPF Constructing a Digital Environment Programme.

Research ties between the UK and USA have been further strengthened through a lead agency opportunity that will boost collaboration between mathematical sciences communities in the two nations.

UK researchers and innovators will work with counterparts across the planet to tackle global challenges such as Ebola outbreaks, the impact of subpolar ocean currents on global climate, and the effect of Artificial Intelligence (AI) on society and individuals’ happiness and wellbeing following a major funding announcement.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council is welcoming applications for membership of its strategic advisory bodies.

Technologies that will allow fire crews to see through smoke and dust, computers to solve previously unsolvable computational problems, construction projects to image unmapped voids like old mine workings, and cameras that will let vehicles ‘see’ around corners are just some of the developments already taking place in the UK.

Pioneering new partnerships have been launched to speed up the production of medicines, utilise Artificial Intelligence to complete household tasks, develop ultra-high strength alloys for the automotive industry and create new materials that will not make a noise underwater, reducing its harmful impact on marine wildlife.

Established research leaders will be supported to inspire, enable and facilitate greater equality, diversity and inclusion across the physical sciences research community through a new initiative launched today 8 July 2019.

A survey says a fifth of parents in the UK would like to see robotics taught as part of the school curriculum, as scientists prepare for UK Robotics Week.

Professor of Mathematics and former EPSRC SAT chair is made a CBE for services to mathematical sciences.

Lynn Gladden, EPSRC Executive Chair, would like to meet with the engineering and physical sciences community through a series of town meetings.

Researchers at the University of Bristol are working on a project to develop wearable rehabilitative devices that can help disabled people sit, stand and walk in comfort. 

EPSRC researchers are given a 12-month membership of the Women’s Engineering Society to mark the organisation’s centenary.

The use of kites to capture wind energy and turn it into cost-effective 'green' electricity could be coming within reach

EPSRC today published its delivery plan in concert with those of the other research councils that form UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

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An image of a Syrian refugee using virtual reality to help researchers design a shelter has been chosen as the winner in the 2019 national science photography competition organised by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) part of UK Research and Innovation.

Recognising that the research funding landscape is busy and complex we have added an Investment Timeline to our website to help with your forward planning for grant applications.

In its first ever funding round, the UK Prevention Research Partnership (UKPRP) is investing £25 million into understanding and influencing the social, economic and environmental factors that affect our health.

Potential of UK electronics industry will be explored with new and improved network of academics.

People who generate their own power through solar panels and wind turbines may soon be able to decide where to distribute their excess energy, rather than back to the National Grid.

Revolutionary pill that patients can swallow to help doctors detect disease in the gut is a finalist in the humanitarian category in the 2019 Global Engineering Impact Awards.

Equality, diversity and inclusion (ED&I) are highly important in EPSRC’s agenda as it aims to support a diverse and inclusive research environment for all.

The PETRAS (privacy, ethics, trust, reliability, acceptability, and security) National Centre of Excellence for IoT Systems Cybersecurity launched.

Researchers at the University of Bath are growing animal cells on blades of grass, helping the UK understand how to effectively scale up production of cultured meat.

Researchers have produced ground-breaking 3D images of an unborn baby's heart which could flag up signs of congenital disease.

Twenty-four ambitious projects will receive early-stage funding to develop projects that could lead to major economic regional growth.

The EPSRC has commissioned London Economics to carry out an independent study to evidence the socio-economic and research impacts enabled by the HPC resources it funds. The evidence gathered will be used to make a strong case for continued future government investment in HPC.

EPSRC welcomes the announcement of £79 million funding for the next national supercomputer ARCHER2.

30 years after its inception EPSRC celebrates the research projects that have helped, and are helping, the development of the World Wide Web

Scientists from Heriot-Watt University have welded glass and metal together using an ultrafast laser system, in a breakthrough for the manufacturing industry

A £7.2 million EPSRC grant will pay for the first upgrade of the XMaS beamline National Research Facility, run by the Universities of Liverpool and Warwick, and based in Grenoble, France.

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