Towards Engineering Grand Challenges: Network and Multidisciplinary Research Consortia Call

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) aims to support multidisciplinary research consortia that can further advance the following Engineering Grand Challenge areas:

  • Challenge 1: Sustainable engineering solutions to provide water for all
  • Challenge 2: Future Cities: engineering approaches that restore the balance between engineered and natural systems
  • Challenge 3: Engineering across length scales, from atoms to applications

This call aims to support three consortia, with each consortium covering one or more of the challenge areas. Each consortium must explain the fit to the chosen challenge area(s) and demonstrate evidence of how they will connect with on-going excellent research in the UK outside of the consortium.

EPSRC also aims to support Network Plus proposals to further develop and scope the Grand Challenge area of:

  • Challenge 4: Identifying risk and building resilience into engineered systems.

This investment activity is being led by the Engineering theme working in close partnership with a number of themes across EPSRC.

Applicants must complete an Intent to Submit survey by the 26 March 2015; applicants who do not do this will be ineligible for the call. EPSRC will make PI name, institutions involved and title of the Intents to Submit publically available on the website to enable further community building. The closing time and date for full proposals is 16:00 on 28 April 2015. Whilst not needed at the Intent to Submit stage, final applications must include an institutional letter of support from PVC-Research or equivalent for every participating university.

Key dates

Activity Date
Compulsory Intent to Submit 26 March 2015
Closing date for submissions 28 April 2015 - 16:00
Prioritisation Panel Late July 2015
Interview Panel Week 7-11 September 2015
Funding Decision Mid-September 2015
Expected Start Date 15 December 2015