Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Transforming Construction: Research Leadership

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Funding Available: Up to £8 million (UK Research and Innovation contribution) is available to support between six and 10 awards, each of thirty six month duration, as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for Transforming Construction.

This call is led by Engineering Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), as such the remit includes areas relevant to the challenge beyond engineering and the physical sciences.

This call seeks to develop community leaders to lead a group that will undertake creative user-inspired research and develop innovative solutions directly relevant to the Transforming Construction Challenge.

The awards aim to support challenging research programmes offering award holders the opportunity to build and develop a group of talented individuals around them in order to pursue their research vision within the context of the Transforming Construction challenge.

Principal investigators must dedicate at least 50% of their time to this award.

Awards are expected to include relevant (non-academic) industry or other users as project partners, with a view to seeking direct contributions as part of the commitment to the collaboration and project.

Projects will have a fixed start date and there will be no slippage of funding between financial years.

How to apply: Expression of interest followed by full proposals by invitation.

In order to manage demand, Expressions of Interest are limited to two submissions per host institution. Institutions may be involved in other submissions via co-investigators.

Assessment Process: Expressions of Interest will be assessed by a panel; full proposals will go direct to an interview panel.