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Impact of Coronavirus on UKRI-supported research

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Changes to Pathways to Impact

For information on how the recent changes to Pathways to Impact plans and the Impact summary will affect your Standard Mode application and its assessment:

Pathways to Impact: Research Councils call specific guidance now available

Peer Review Assessment Process after 1 March 2020

Change to Pathways to Impact: EPSRC External Briefing 20th February 2020

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The SUSTAIN Future Steel Manufacturing Hub is initially offering funding for three feasibility studies to conduct novel research which aligns with the Hub’s two Grand Challenges: Carbon Neutral Iron and Steelmaking and Smart Steel Processing.

EPSRC, in collaboration with the Japanese Ministry of Education, Sport, Culture and Technology (MEXT) and the Nuclear Safety Research Association (NSRA), seek collaborative research applications with UK and Japan-based principal investigators in the removal of fuel debris and environmental safety around reactor core decommissioning of the TEPCO Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant (NPP), and Sellafield's decommissioning challenges. EPSRC will fund the UK-based research and MEXT will fund the Japan-based research components. This call represents the seventh phase of the UK-Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme and it is for small projects of approximately 30 months duration, with a fixed end date of 31 March 2023.

The EPSRC is inviting submission of full proposals to a Hardware for Efficient Computing call.

A total of £3 million of funding is available to support 4-6 projects (18–36 months) in length under this call.

EPSRC, in collaboration with MRC, will shortly be inviting proposals for adventurous (high risk, high gain) projects as part of the second phase of the Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 call, otherwise referred to as the Transformative Healthcare Technologies 2.0 call. This call will target projects that that are guided by a longer-term vision to pursue new, “high risk high reward” ideas and develop thinking and approaches supported by the next generation of underpinning science, engineering and emerging technologies in the healthcare space. We seek and encourage adventurous ideas, new thinking and collaborations that have the potential to significantly improve healthcare delivery by 2050.

An application will only be accepted from the successful UKRI Interdisciplinary Circular Economy Coordinators. The Hub will provide national leadership and coordination, driving knowledge exchange and whole-systems learning across the Circular Economy investments funded under this programme and the wider research and innovation landscape (with academic, policy, consumer, third sector and business stakeholders).

EPSRC will shortly be inviting proposals for Healthcare Impact Partnerships (HIPs) 2020. This is the sixth call since the scheme was introduced in 2013, with the principal aim of progressing previously funded EPSRC research outputs towards impact within a healthcare application. This call invites proposals that are highly collaborative, partnering with both business and clinicians and which primarily utilise research in Engineering, Mathematical Sciences, ICT and Physical Sciences disciplines for advances in Healthcare.

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Theme will provide up to £7M (Research Council contribution) to support a portfolio of Responsive Manufacturing research projects.

Applicants intending to apply to this call must submit an Outline Proposal via Je-S by 11 August 2020. Outlines will be considered by an expert panel. Successful applicants at the Outline stage will be invited to submit a full proposal. This will undergo postal peer review, followed by assessment at a prioritisation panel, resulting in a rank ordered list. Funding decisions will be made in March 2021.

The Manufacturing the Future theme is looking to invest in highly adventurous manufacturing research, from the breadth of the engineering and physical sciences research community, that is focused on addressing key challenges in UK manufacturing. The theme is keen to build on the success of the first round of this call by expanding its portfolio of exceptional and potentially transformative adventurous manufacturing grants.

The EPSRC funded DTE Network+ is happy to announce their first funding call. Applications to the first call for Proposals should be submitted in pdf format by 17:00 (BST), Monday 17 August 2020 to using the application form which can be found here

The contribution of Research Software Engineers (RSEs) to research outcomes is increasingly recognised within the UK research landscape. Research Software Engineers are key members of computational research teams who provide the critical skills required to develop, support and evolve software to tackle the research challenges they face.

The National Nuclear User Facility is a distributed centre of excellence in nuclear science and technology dedicated to the provision of national and internationally leading facilities.  It has two core activities: the operation of key facilities needed to undertake research and development for the operation and future development of nuclear plant in the UK, and the training of the next generation of nuclear scientists in core skills for the use of modern equipment.  The first round of NNUF funding provided facilities located in both national laboratories and universities.  Funding was now been made available for a second round of facilities as part of the National Nuclear Users Facility (NNUF Phase 2) investment. Not all of this funding was allocated therefore, this additional call is being made in order to fill any remaining strategic gaps.

EPSRC is inviting eligible groups to submit proposals for equipment and facilities to carry out underpinning science and engineering research in nuclear fission. Up to £23 million (£18.8 million of capital provision and £4.2 million resource budget – see funding section for details) is available to provide, refresh and update underpinning multi-user equipment with a primary focus on nuclear energy research on active samples across the UK.  

The Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Challenge will be investing up to £4.7m in a Research and Innovation Hub which will be delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI. The aim of this Challenge is to enable the foundation industries (made of six separate sectors: metal, glass, ceramics, paper, cement and chemicals) to work together to address their common challenges of competitiveness and sustainability. The Research and Innovation Hub call is a cross-Council opportunity that aims to fund a new cross-sector and multi-disciplinary research centre for the ‘ISCF Transforming Foundation Industries’ programme that will work to accelerate the development and adoption of new technologies and business models within the Foundation Industries.

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future Theme will provide up to £7M (Research Council contribution) to support a portfolio of Precision Manufacturing research projects.

The Transforming Foundation Industries ISCF Challenge will be investing up to £4.7m in a Research and Innovation Hub which will be delivered by EPSRC on behalf of UKRI.

The Agriculture sector currently contributes 9% all UK emissions[i]. Emissions range from agricultural soils to field burning of wastes to stationary and mobile combustion[ii] .

This call is for researchers to apply for computational resource from EPSRC funded High Performance Computing (HPC) services to support research projects from across EPSRC’s remit. It is the successor to the ARCHER RAP and Tier-2 Open access calls which ran prior to 2020. Projects can run for up to one year (service dependent). On average, this call runs twice a year.

UKRI are pleased to invite participants to apply to attend a sandpit on Digital technologies for Health and Care.

This call is the second round of a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers, with projects to start from summer 2021 onwards. 

The PETRAS National Centre of Excellence for Internet of Things (IoT) Systems Cybersecurity, as part of UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) Securing Digital Technologies at the Periphery (SDTaP) programme funded by the Strategic Priorities Fund, is delighted to announce the launch of the 2nd Strategic Research Fund (SRF) call for proposals.

The Healthcare Technologies (HT) Theme is looking to support a new suite of networks which address our grand challenges and which will help to shape our future research portfolio. We are inviting proposals for networks where engineering and physical sciences has a pivotal role in addressing new and emerging opportunities to help ensure our future health and well being.

We are inviting ambitious proposals for research activities to bridge across the different cyber-security research communities operating under the four joint EPSRC-NCSC Research Institutes. The successful projects will be of a scale to add strategically important capacity and capability to the vibrant ecosystem of cyber security research and practice in the UK.

This call is to fund research proposals in Marine Wave Energy.

Approximately £4.5 Million (80% FEC) is available to support 4-5 grant proposals, each up to £1 Million. Proposals should be for 36 months’ duration.

Proposals should fall mainly under the EPSRC remit but may include integrated social and environmental aspects surrounding the use of Wave Energy Converters.

This call is to fund proposals to support the goal of the decarbonisation of heating and/or cooling. Proposals must be interdisciplinary in that all proposals must include an economic and/or social science component.

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future theme invites standard research proposals for consideration at a manufacturing-focused prioritisation panel. A standard Manufacturing panel will be held every quarter (subject to sufficient demand). Proposals for any panel should address key research challenges facing manufacturing in the UK today and in the future. This activity is intended to highlight the theme’s long term ambition to increase the number of investigator- led research ideas we support.

Preparatory access for researchers to test and develop their codes to ensure suitability for the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) Tier-0 systems.

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