EPSRC are looking for new members for our Engineering Early Career Forum

EPSRC is seeking applications from Early Career industrialists, academics, and from individuals working in the third sector and government organisations to join our Engineering Early Career Forum.

The Engineering theme aims to identify and tackle fundamental engineering research challenges with the potential for lasting academic, social, and economic benefit to the UK. These challenges are often inherently interdisciplinary, cutting both across EPSRC’s portfolio and across the Research Councils more widely. Engaging with early career stakeholders from academia, industry and policymaking is a crucial part of achieving these aims, helping to set the direction for engineering research in the near future.

The Engineering Early Career Forum acts as an informal advisory stream to EPSRC. Members are advocates for EPSRC within the community, and provide a broad perspective of the needs and views of the engineering community, offering opinion across the breadth of the Theme.

The Engineering theme works across both EPSRC and UKRI and has specific interests in the below areas:

·         Biomaterials & tissue engineering

·         Built environment

·         Coastal and waterway engineering

·         Combustion engineering

·         Complex fluids and rheology

·         Control engineering

·         Electrical motors and drives/electromagnetics

·         Fluid Dynamics and Aerodynamics

·         Ground engineering

·         Infrastructure and urban systems

·         Materials engineering – ceramics

·         Materials engineering – composites

·         Materials engineering – metal and alloys

·         Microsystems

·         Particle technology

·         Performance and inspection of mechanical structures and systems (PIMSS)

·         Process systems: components and integration

·         Robotics

·         Senors and instrumentation

·         Structural engineering

·         Synthetic biology

·         Water engineering

We are looking to recruit around 8 new members in this exercise, and we have a particular aspiration to improve the diversity of the Forum.

Further information on the Forum and its current membership is available on the Engineering Early Career Forum.

Quotes from our members

“Being on the ECF has been a fantastic experience, for a variety of reasons. First of all, it is great to be part of this incredible community of talented, passionate people, who are motivated to have a positive impact on the broader UK research environment. The ECF is also a great place for sharing ideas, perspectives, concerns, etc., and for exchanging views with your peers and, importantly, with EPSRC, who constantly demonstrate to have the best interests of the academic community at heart. Over the years, it has been great to see how the ECF influenced, or even originated, EPSRC’s initiatives” 

Alberto Pirrera Current ECF Member

“I’ve found being a member of the ECF an extremely rewarding experience. It’s a fantastic way for early career researchers from academia and industry to have an input to the EPSRC’s strategy, ensuring that our voices are heard on critical issues. I have also learnt a lot about how the EPSRC works and how decisions are made. I had a great time making new friends within EPSRC and across the UK’s engineering landscape, providing valuable opportunities for future collaborations.”

Will Midgley Current ECF Member

“It’s a great opportunity to make connections with people you wouldn’t otherwise cross paths with and learn about their research and interests. Coming from industry into a group like the Engineering ECF has allowed me to gain insights into the way university research is funded and the priorities researchers have. It has been very useful to take these insights back into my industry role where I am collaborating with university research groups on industry focussed projects”

Sophie Huchins Current ECF Member

Submitting an Application

The expression of interest form can be found at the bottom of this page. When applying you will need to attach a host organisation statement from a senior member of your department.

Applicants should submit their form response by the deadline of 16:00 on 19 October 2020.

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 an EPSRC shortlisting panel



Deadline for expression of interest

19 October 2020


December 2020

Inform Applicants of Outcome

January 2021

Next Meeting of Early Career Forum

March 2021