International centre-to-centre research collaborations (full proposals)

This call is the pilot phase of a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers.

Up to £15 million is available from EPSRC for this call, and we aim to support 10-15 research consortia for projects of three to five years' duration. To be eligible, applicant teams must have submitted an outline proposal to the earlier deadline of 1 May 2018 and been invited forward to submit a full proposal. Please also note that UK applicants may only be named as Investigator (either Principal or Co-Investigator) on one proposal to this call.

Full proposals should closely match the original outline proposal in terms of the research proposed and international partners. In costing the full proposal careful consideration should be given to the value for money of the proposed research. Costs requested may be below those requested at the outline stage if suitable savings can be identified. However, the overall cost requested from EPSRC at the full proposal stage cannot be more than 10% above the value of the outline proposal.

Background

Research is of course an international endeavour and many challenges that we face are global. As well as maintaining the strength of UK research, we want UK researchers to be able to work with the best collaborators around the world. This call is the pilot phase for a new EPSRC funding initiative which aims to provide opportunities for leading UK research groups to work in partnership with the best international researchers. The objectives of this call are:

  1. To enable high-profile, best-with-best international collaborations focused on excellent research with impact
  2. To contribute to EPSRC strategy by supporting high-quality research collaborations which align with Balancing Capability research area rationales and address Delivery Plan outcomes and ambitions
  3. To further the UK's strategic needs in international science and innovation partnerships.

As noted at the outline stage, research projects funded through this call must be predominantly in EPSRC remit. Full proposals not meeting this requirement in the judgement of EPSRC staff will be rejected without recourse to peer review.

Industry engagement is strongly encouraged where appropriate, subject to standard EPSRC funding rules.

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