Manufacturing advanced functional materials


EPSRC are inviting research proposals from consortia across the engineering and physical sciences communities to address the manufacturing research challenges in developing applications, production technologies and future processes that incorporate advanced functional materials.

EPSRC are expecting to commit up to £10 million on large, long term (up to five years), multidisciplinary programmes that capitalise on the UK’s growing research capability in functional materials and identify the most promising pathways for scale-up to applications and devices of these innovative materials. A two-stage process will be used to allocate the funding. This first stage of the call seeks expressions of interest to submit a full proposal. The submitted expressions of interests will be assessed at a short-listing panel in May 2014 and those that align appropriately with the scope for this call will be invited for the full proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals will be in July 2014 and these will be peer reviewed during the summer. Funding decisions are expected to be made in Autumn 2014.

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

Key dates

Call launched on web (expressions of interest (EoI) stage)11 February 2014
Closing date for EoI16:00 15 April 2014
Short-listing panelEarly May 2014
Applicants invited for full proposalMid-May 2014
Closing date for draft equipment business case04 June 2014
Closing date for full proposalsEnd July 2014
Postal peer reviewAug-Sept 2014
Assessment (interview) panelEnd October 2014
Grants announcedDecember 2015
Strategic Equipmenet PanelJanuary 2015
Expected start date01 February 2015