Case for Support

Case for Support, totalling up to eight A4 sides, comprising up to two A4 sides for a track record, and six A4 sides describing proposed research and its context. This must be attached, as a single document, using the 'Case for Support' attachment type in Joint electronic submission (Je-S).

Previous research track record

Use the track record, in up to two A4 sides, to demonstrate that the team involved in the proposal has the appropriate mix of expertise and experience to conduct the research. This section is particularly important for multi-disciplinary proposals.

You should:

  • Summarise the results and conclusions of the applicants' recent work in technological and scientific areas related to the research proposal. Include reference to both EPSRC and non-EPSRC funded research.
  • Specify expertise at host and associated organisations and beneficiaries
  • Detail relevant past collaborative work with industry and other beneficiaries
  • Detail where the applicants' previous work has contributed to UK competitiveness or quality of life

Description of proposed research and its context

Describe the proposed research and its context, in up to six A4 sides, to aid those reviewing your proposal to understand what you plan to do and achieve, and where it fits into the current portfolio of research. The document should include:


  • Introduce the proposal topic and explain its academic and industrial context
  • Demonstrate understanding of related past and current work in the UK and abroad

National importance

Explain the long term effects of the proposed research:

  • Contributes to the health of other research disciplines; current or future UK economic success; future development of key emerging industries; or addresses key UK societal challenges.
  • Meets national strategic needs by establishing or maintaining unique world leading research activities, including areas of niche capability.
  • Fits with and complements other research in the UK portfolio, and EPSRC's portfolio and strategy.

Applicants will be able to address bullet points to different levels depending on their proposed research; however, all applicants should indicate how their research relates to EPSRC's research areas and strategies, and complements the current portfolio. Portfolio is available through EPSRC's Grants on the Web (GoW).

The definition of national importance and further details can be found at preparing new proposals to include national importance.

Academic impact

  • Describe how your research would benefit national and international researchers in the field and related disciplines, and what will be done to ensure that they can benefit.
  • Explain collaborations with other researchers and their role in the project. For Visiting Researchers, establish what they will contribute to the project, and why they are the most appropriate person for this.

Research hypothesis and objectives

  • Set out your research idea or hypothesis
  • Explain why the proposed project is novel and timely enough, both from societal and personal viewpoints, to warrant consideration for funding
  • Identify the overall aims of the project, and the measurable objectives the outcome of the work will be assessed

Programme and methodology

  • Detail and justify research methodology
  • Describe the work programme, detailed for each member of the research team, indicating research to be undertaken and milestones that will be used to monitor its progress. Explain how the project will be managed.

Note: Lists of references and illustrations should be included in the six A4 page limit, and not be submitted as additional attachments or as an annex.

Tips for Writing a good Case for Support

  • The Case for Support is your opportunity to convince College peers your research should be funded; therefore, write it in a clear, concise and jargon free style.
  • Include a National Importance section to justify why your proposal warrants funding from the UK taxpayer. Describe how potential benefits align with national priorities; how the research relates to EPSRC's research areas and strategies; and how it complements other research activity in the field. This section should not require more than one or two paragraphs for most proposals.
  • Explain what is exciting about the research to your audience, in particular your reviewers. You need to convince these experts in your own research field about the value of your project.
  • Convince reviewers your proposal is original, and describe your objectives clearly and succinctly. Proposals are not rejected just because others are doing similar work, but if you don't describe the novelty of your approach or the likelihood of success, the value of your proposal is uncertain.
  • Don't leave it to EPSRC or your peers to ask questions; show that you have thought the proposal through, and explain how it will succeed. Potential applications might be obvious to you, but leave no doubt in reviewers' minds.
  • If you know your research will produce datasets of potential value to others consider describing how they will be shared and the added value this will create.