Frequently asked questions

What is standard research?

Standard Research is for unsolicited research proposals submitted by anyone eligible to apply to EPSRC for funding at any time and in any field of research relevant to EPSRC’s remit.

It includes workshops, overseas travel grants, networks and visiting researchers. These are mainly funded through priorisation panels and through urgency procedures (peer review without a panel) but excludes those that are submitted as part of calls for proposals or targeted initiatives. Standard Research includes New Investigator Awards which have eligibility criteria but can be submitted at any time in any research area, small facility operations and mathematical sciences small grants.

What are calls for proposals?

Proposals submitted in response to targeted funding mechanisms and calls for proposals are generally characterised by closing dates and / or eligibility criteria. There is generally a preliminary outline stage, where full proposals are only invited from higher-ranked outlines, generally giving higher funding rates than in Standard Research. Some calls for proposals involve a stage to build managed consortia and involve a number of universities collaborating on one proposal.

Targeted mode includes platform grants, programme grants, research chairs, postdoctoral mobility, follow-on fund and discipline hopping awards.