The funding guide sets out the arrangements and procedures for research grants and research fellowships, together with a summary of other types of grants.
Introduction to research grant funding, Eligibility For Research Council UK (RCUK) Funding, Resources, Managing your award, Reviewing proposals
In early 2020 EPSRC launched a call for transformative research projects in the mathematical and physical sciences. The call piloted a streamlined application process, as part of UKRI’s ongoing work to make funding simpler and better.
At all stages of the process the aim of was to streamline and reduce timelines from application to award, while maintaining robust peer review, in order to award transformative, small-scale flexible funding.
Funding of up to £200,000 was available for projects of up to 24 months in duration.
The process included:
- At the application stage applicants submitted an anonymous case for support without needing to include costs until panel stage
- At the review stage only the case for support was reviewed with the applicant remaining anonymous to the reviewer; less reviewers were approached and there was a streamlined assessment criteria
- At the panel stage the panel took the reviewers’ comments on research idea and methodology into account before looking at ability to deliver.
The successful projects were announced in December 2020. EPSRC will now evaluate the pilot and the outcomes of New Horizons in line with the wider UKRI Reforming our Business programme and consider how the approaches taken through New Horizons could be included in future activities.