Near-Term Translation of Regenerative Medicine Technologies for the Treatment of Civilian Blast Injuries

Following on from the successful partnership of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and Find A Better Way (FABW) in 2013 and 2014 (which has resulted directly in FABW approving grants for six major research projects), this Call for Expressions of Interest aims to stimulate the academic community to propose approaches to accelerate the development of regenerative medicine technologies for the treatment of blast injuries, primarily in countries in which the civilian population is affected by landmines and other unexploded remnants of war.

This Call seeks to identify and support research with near-term translation potential: therefore, research which is unlikely to result in technologies that are deployable within five years are excluded unless they are exceptionally innovative.

FABW is prepared to commit around £5 million funding to support one or two major research project(s) arising from this Call.

Background

Find A Better Way is a charity founded in 2011 by Sir Bobby Charlton to improve the lives of individuals and communities affected by landmines. The initial aim of FABW was to develop technology to accelerate the detection and safe removal of landmines globally and this work is continuing with increasing momentum. FABW now also supports vital educational activities in mine-affected areas as well as a programme creating a pathway to affordable prosthetics, coupled with training for local surgeons in through-knee amputation techniques.

FABW now wishes to expand its research portfolio to include relevant aspects of regenerative medicine with near-term translation potential. The relevant EPSRC research areas include: assistive technology, rehabilitation and musculoskeletal biomechanics; biomaterials and tissue engineering; chemical biology; clinical technologies; medical imaging; nanotechnology; sensors and instrumentation; stem cells; and synthetic biology. There should be reasonable prospects that results of the research should be deployable within five years.

EPSRC's contribution to this Call is to offer advice and contacts using its understanding of the relevant parts of the UK's research portfolio, to manage the peer review process for the EoIs and full proposals and to ensure that the research supported is of the highest quality. As all funding for the successful project(s) will come from FABW grant(s) will be awarded under FABW terms and conditions (not those of EPSRC).

Submitting an application

Expressions of interest should be submitted directly to EPSRC by accessing the online form which can be found on this page.

Expressions of Interest should not be submitted through the Je-S system.

Further information on how to submit a full proposal will be given to those invited to submit.

Expression of Interest Form