Prosperity Partnerships: EPSRC, Business and Universities - Third call

EPSRC wishes to support existing, strategic, research-based partnerships between business and universities by providing an opportunity for co-investment in large-scale, long term, user-inspired basic research programmes at TRL 1-3. These must address EPSRC's Prosperity Outcomes Framework (expressed at the level of the Ambitions within the Outcomes Framework).

The strategies of the universities and businesses involved should also be addressed. All Prosperity Partnerships must be able to generate value in some form for the UK, for instance we anticipate that businesses will have an active research base and R&D presence in the UK.

Up to £20 million is available to support between four and eight programmes.

Consortia may be formed of multiple businesses and universities, but an existing, demonstrable strategic relationship must be in place between the lead business and lead university partner. EPSRC would also encourage the involvement of SMEs and supply chain companies, where appropriate to the Prosperity Partnership application; as either Project Partners on the application, or as the lead business partner.

Co-creation of the research programme is essential and EPSRC expects programmes funded through this call to drive forward shared research challenges, demonstrate impact beyond the partners in addition to benefits to the business(es) involved and contribute positively to the overall strategic partnership framework which exists between the parties.

It should be clear that the business and academic researchers are making a distinct intellectual contribution to the partnership. Experience from the first two rounds shows that it is possible for applicants to achieve this through a variety of models. Where an individual is discharging responsibilities within both a business and university (for example, as a consequence of being involved in university spin-outs) clarity on separation of duties and managing conflicts of interest is essential.

As a co-investment opportunity, this call requires the business and university partners to commit substantial cash contributions to the programme, by matching the financial investment made in each award by EPSRC.

The call process will be in three stages, with this call being an initial expression of interest stage which will be led by the main business partner, who should complete the EoI form embedded on this call page.

EoIs will be shortlisted by EPSRC, according to the criteria set in the full call document (available on this page under "Resources"). Consortia which are successful at the EoI stage will be invited to submit full proposals; these will be assessed by postal peer review followed by an invitation to an interview panel.

Following the EoI shortlisting panel, EPSRC will organise individual teleconferences the w/c 3 December 2018 with the applicant teams invited to submit full proposals, in order to discuss feedback, and provide guidance on full proposal submission.

EPSRC encourages cross-disciplinary research and recognises that many Prosperity Partnerships will be inherently cross-disciplinary, but primarily the balance of research should be in EPSRC interest. EoIs that are not sufficiently within EPSRC's interest (for example as described in EPSRC's Balancing capability strategies) are unlikely to be invited to submit full proposals.

Please visit the EPSRC Balancing Capability page for a description of the strategy.