Early Career Forum in Manufacturing Research


EPSRC seeks expressions of interest for a refresh of the membership of the early career forum (ECF) for academic researchers in the scope of the Manufacturing the Future challenge theme. Applicants should have a strong focus on advancing the UK’s international reputation in manufacturing research, be open to developing inter-disciplinary research agendas, help with two way communication between EPSRC and early career manufacturing research community and have an interest in participating in research policy development.

Members of the Early Career Forum will have the opportunity to interact with other early career researchers from across the breadth of engineering and the physical sciences, forming new professional networks that may generate future innovative research programmes. Forum members will also have targeted opportunities to participate in EPSRC strategic advisory activities, interact with senior staff of EPSRC funded large grants, including the  EPSRC Future Manufacturing Hubs and Centres for Innovative Manufacturing, and will receive insight into, and practical advice relating to, UK funding body policy and practice. 

This is not a call for a direct funding opportunity, but rather an expression of interest for membership of the Manufacturing the Future Early Career Research Forum.

Submitting an Application

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

Applicants should submit, attaching all required documentation (C.V. and Statement of Support) by the call deadline of 16:00 on Thursday 30 November 2017..

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


This call invites Expressions of Interest (EOIs) which will be assessed at a short-listing panel.



Call launched on web (EoI stage)

03 October 2017

Closing date for EoIs

16:00 30 November 2017

Short-listing panel for expressions of interest

January 2018

Applicants informed of outcomes

Early February 2018

First Meeting for New Members of the Early Career Forum

14 March 2018