Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 (call pre-announcement and information day)

Please note that Expressions of interest to the Transformative Healthcare 2050 information day are now closed. All outputs from the event will published within five working days on the full Transformative Healthcare 2050 call page.

EPSRC will shortly be inviting outline proposals for Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050.

The Healthcare Technologies Theme aims to invest in research to support the next generation of underpinning science and emerging technologies. The focus of this call is Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050; technologies expected to have an impact within the next 30 years for the NHS, community or home care and an ageing workforce. We are looking to support visionary projects which could create a step change in how healthcare is delivered.

Examples of innovative technologies which have become routine and have led to real impact within the healthcare sector are:

  • MRI which serves as a primary diagnostic modality for many clinical problems, can provide information on healthy and diseased tissue and can lead to early detection and treatment of disease.
  • Automated portable defibrillation, which can significantly increase patient survival rates after cardiac arrest. Defibrillators are increasingly common in many public places.

We particularly welcome projects and collaborations which address underrepresented parts of our portfolio and the two Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges: Transforming Community Health and Care and Frontiers of Physical Intervention. It is expected there may be research cross over with other Grand Challenges. Proposals focusing primarily on the other Grand Challenges will not be accepted. For more information on the Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges please visit.

We are looking for applications that do not just consider health treatment but also homecare, prevention and wellbeing with the overall goal of keeping people physically and mentally healthy. EPSRC encourages new ideas, thinking and collaborations, in areas currently underrepresented in our portfolio, to address what could be routine in the NHS in 30 years' time. We are keen to develop and help realise the potential of:

  • Next-generation digital healthcare systems
  • Engineering healthier environments where people live and work
  • Future affordable and inclusive healthcare solutions
  • Technologies to improve healthcare treatment

Call opens: March 2019

Funding Available: Up to £25 million will be available from EPSRC for this call, and we expect to fund four to six projects.

How to apply: Outline followed by full proposal.

Assessment Process: Anonymous outlines will be assessed and prioritised by an expert panel. Invited full proposals will undergo postal peer review, followed by assessment at an interview panel resulting in a rank ordered list.

Outline required by: May 2019


Information day

EPSRC will be holding an information day for this call on 27 March 2019 in Birmingham.

The aim of the call is to build a critical mass of novel Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and ICT research which will create technologies that will impact and transform healthcare by the year 2050. Outline and full proposals should be primarily within the Engineering and Physical Science remit. However, this is a networking and information event and applications will be accepted from all relevant stakeholders vital for project design, research outputs and impact. These stakeholders could include, but are not limited to; clinicians, clinical scientists, research focused allied health professionals, population researchers, psychologists, patient acceptance researchers, policy researchers etc.

The purpose of the information day will be to:

  • Provide information on the scope of the call and the types of projects that EPSRC are looking for;
  • Provide a chance to ask questions about the call;
  • Provide a chance to network and form new collaborations.

Expressions of interest to the Transformative Healthcare 2050 information day are now closed. All outputs from the event will published within five working days on the full Transformative Healthcare 2050 call page.

There are limited spaces available to attend the event so EPSRC will be sifting applications to ensure a range of organisations and research areas are represented.

Attendance to the information day is not a prerequisite for full call applications. Presentations and FAQs from the event will be published online on the outline call page.