Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards

The EPSRC Healthcare Technologies theme invites applications to an initiative designed to create a cohort of the most promising future leaders who will develop new research capabilities across the EPSRC portfolio to address unmet healthcare needs. This call is intended to support early career researchers (ECRs) to develop a personal programme of high quality, creative, and multidisciplinary research, and to build and grow their research group. A budget of £10 million is available to support around ten personal awards.

This call seeks to enable ECRs to realise their vision of transformative research which addresses long term health challenges, through a flexible and high profile award. Applicants to this call should have demonstrable leadership potential, both in terms of team leadership and research field leadership, and they should be strongly supported by their host institution. EPSRC seeks applicants who want to revolutionise healthcare technologies both through the development of field changing fundamental research, and through the integration of approaches which ensure user needs are considered. Furthermore, applicants should seek to design their research to minimise the barriers to its implementation in a healthcare context.

This call is closely aligned to the Healthcare Technologies strategy; a new way to think about how Engineering and Physical Sciences researchers can tackle current and emerging health challenges facing society. Applications to this call should bring a creative and multidisciplinary approach to one of the four grand challenge areas, and should also clearly identify how the proposed research and collaborations have been designed to shorten the pathways to translation and/or clinical adoption.

This call is suitable for academics that have held a permanent academic post at an eligible institution for a maximum of eight years at the point of application. Peer review for this call will consist of a multi-stage process, with applicants initially submitting outline applications, with those selected at this stage invited to submit a full proposal for peer review and interview.

A list of Frequently Asked Questions for this call is also available.