Update on the EPSRC Delivery Plan

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Over the last year we have been working with our partners to help make the case for science and engineering using an outcomes-focused approach which recognises the contribution our whole portfolio, including long-term fundamental research, makes to the success of the nation.

In association with our university and business partners, and with our Strategic Advisory Teams and Networks, we have identified four inter-linked Outcomes which collectively underpin UK prosperity: Productivity, Connectedness, Resilience and Health – and developed ambitions within each of them. These Outcomes will form the framework for our Delivery Plan and will be used in the following ways:

  • A strategic expression of our plans which capture our value-add to the nation;
  • Providing contextual opportunities for seeking additional funding from government;
  • A framework to help researchers to think about their contribution to national and global challenges and to collaborate across disciplines.

Our funding will be accessed through the familiar entry points of our capability disciplines including Mathematics, Physical Sciences, ICT and Engineering, with decisions based on excellence. We also remain committed to a similar balance of challenge-driven and investigator-led research to that of our last Delivery Plan. The ambitions will help determine the challenge-led aspect of our portfolio but provide aspirations for all.

A brief definition of the outcomes and the associated ambitions is available to view. The ambitions remain provisional until Council receives its allocation for 2016-2020 when it can definitively prioritise its plans.

If you would like to comment on this approach informally please either speak to your usual contact within EPSRC or email EPSRC Delivery Plan. Whilst we will read all comments and provide a summary of the input and actions we have taken as result, we will not be able to respond to every email personally.

Although the Chancellor announced the Science Budget in the Autumn Statement in November we do not yet know the individual Research Council allocations or the details of the Grand Challenges Fund and Overseas Development Assistance funding. This statement updates you on the position as we understand it and our proposed framework for delivery, recognising that this framework may need to evolve as details become clearer. More engagement will follow as appropriate once EPSRC’s budget position is clear. We will provide a further up-date on our Delivery Plan development before Easter but in the meantime a timeline showing our activities to date and our next steps is available to view here.

Engagement on Balancing Capability will continue as outlined in the web news item of 18 November and a detailed timeline is available to view here.

Reference: PN: 06-16