Underpinning Multi-User Equipment

EPSRC is making available up to £20 million of its capital budget to refresh and update underpinning multi-user equipment in Universities. EPSRC would like to invite Universities with a current EPSRC portfolio of over £25 million (as shown on Grants on the Web) to apply for capital to refresh and update underpinning multi-user equipment. Those Universities that do not have £25 million of funding may apply in conjunction with other Institutions provided that their combined EPSRC research income totals the required threshold. The threshold can be achieved by:

  • Universities with smaller portfolios combining their funding
  • Universities with smaller portfolios applying with a university that has a larger portfolio.

The University with the higher amount of funding must be the lead applicant.

Only one application per University is allowed, with a maximum value of £2 million. This funding is available for all research areas in EPSRC's remit. It is expected that around 10 awards will be made.

Proposals can consist of underpinning multi-user equipment such as:

  • Equipment meeting particular departmental or discipline requirements;
  • Equipment for multi-disciplinary research areas (for instance straddling several departments or for research centres);
  • Equipment that will be used across a national or regional grouping of universities.

Applications to this call will be assessed directly by a specially convened expert peer review prioritisation panel drawn from across EPSRC's remit.

Key Dates

Activity Date
Call Opening 28 September 2016
Deadline for Full Proposals 16.00 on 22 November 2016
Assessment Panel January 2017
Grant Announcements February 2017
Grant Start Date 01 April 2017
Capital Funding Spent by 31 March 2018