We invest in a wide range of different investments - from small, short-term projects to solve a particular problem to multi-million pound research programmes. Over 3500 organisations are partners on our research and training grants, including large companies, SMEs and charities and the public sector.
We only fund research and training in universities, but strongly encourage academic researchers to collaborate with partners in developing their ideas where this can deliver high-quality academic research.
There are two primary ways to engage in research with us.
Many of the schemes we fund or support are focused on the generation of new fundamental and early stage applied programmes of research. However, there are some of our programmes directed towards the acceleration of impact.
Innovation and knowledge centres, Knowledge transfer partnerships
Over 2,000 businesses are partners in our research grants, including large companies, Small and Medium-size Enterprises (SMEs), charities and the public sector. Many of them have been involved in research programmes from the beginning, helping the academic teams they work with shape and direct the research outcomes towards an area of business need; accelerating the impact of our research programmes and leveraging government research investment. Co-creation of research programmes with academia can benefit your company by helping mitigate some of the risk of undertaking fundamental and early stage applied research that could give your company an advantage in the future.
We have over 4000 currently active investments which business can engage with, contributing their knowledge, expertise, leveraging investment and accelerating the impacts of the research. We are keen to maximise our investment in the UK research base by leveraging enterprise funding and seeing business taking our research outputs forward. Engagement with our funded investments is a rapid way to get new ideas and innovations into your business.
Each year EPSRC awards four-year Doctoral Training Partnership (DTPs), formally known as DTG or DTA, to institutions based on their research grant income.
Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) are one of the three main ways by which EPSRC provides support for Doctoral Training.