How to apply for a Programme Grant

Programme Grants are assessed in a different way to standard grants. Applicants must go through a pre-outline and outline stage before being invited to submit a full proposal. Invited full proposals are assessed by expert reviewers before prioritisation at a specially convened panel meeting, at which applicants will be interviewed. Interview panels prioritise applications against the assessment criteria.

Map of the Process



Submission process

Details on each of the assessment stages can be found on the relevant pages linked to below. Please note: EPSRC reserves the right to modify the process to meet any requirements of the Delivery Plan.

From submission of a pre-outline, the whole assessment process can take up to 12 months.

Deadlines and meeting dates

Outline deadline Outline Proposal Meetings Time given to write the full proposal Interview Panel
Last Friday January Mid-February Ten weeks from invitation Applicants will be advised when invited to the full proposal stage (Theme contacts may be able to provide an indicative date during the outline stage.)
Last Friday March Mid-April
Last Friday May Mid-June
Last Friday July Mid-August
Last Friday September Mid-October
Last Friday November Mid-December

Guidance for Previous Programme Grant holders

Those considering an application for a further Programme Grant should view it as a new proposal, not a continuation of the existing grant. The research challenge of the new Programme grant should be significantly different from the existing grant. This may require a refresh of the team to reflect a change in the required expertise. The new application and team must still meet the Programme Grant criteria. Applications of this nature will be assessed through the same stages as other Programme Grants and there is no guarantee that an application will pass these.

For those with an existing grant there are some additional requirements when applying for a further Programme Grant. These are detailed in dedicated sections of the pre-outline, outline, and full proposal stage webpages.