Systems Change - Towards a Circular Economy

EPSRC would like to invite Expressions of Interest to bid into the call for research proposals in Systems Change - Towards a Circular Economy. The aim of the call is to support research projects focused on modelling and understanding whole systems approaches to the circular economy, within the context of UK manufacturing.

EPSRC are committing up to £5 million for this call to support a number of cross-disciplinary research projects of duration up to three years.

This first stage of the call seeks expressions of interest to submit a full proposal. The submitted expressions of interests will be assessed at a short-listing panel in March 2016 and those that align appropriately with the scope for this call will be invited for the full proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals will be in April 2016 and funding decisions are expected to be made in July 2016.

The expression of interest form can be found at the bottom of this page.

Please note: You will not receive a receipt of submission of the expression of interest.

Alongside this call EPSRC is publishing a position statement setting out a synthesis of views on publicly-funded research being done in the UK relevant to the circular economy. It summarises the opportunity for the UK and identifies the research communities contributing to this area as well as key stakeholders across the research and innovation landscape.


This call invites Expressions of Interest (EoIs) which will be assessed at a short-listing panel. Short-listed applicants will then be invited to submit full proposals.

Activity Date
Call launched (EoI stage) 11 December 2015
Closing date for EoIs 16:00 11 February 2016
Short listing Panel Early March 2016
Call opens for invited full proposals Early March 2016
Closing date for full proposals Late April 2016
Postal peer review May-July 2016
Assessment panel Late July 2016
Grants announced August 2016
Expected start date 01 October 2016

Expression of Interest Form