EPSRC announces £8 million capital awards to support Early Career Researchers

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A new £8 million capital investment in research equipment is announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The series of capital awards will go to 36 institutions across the UK to support Early Career Researchers undertaking new research and enhance their career development prospects.

The total value of the investment is over £8 million and forms part of EPSRC’s World Class Labs investment.

The institutions have shown a range of creative approaches to investing these funds, from specific equipment for multiple users, to internal competitions for funding for equipment, to targeted investment in support of specific groups or individuals based on an internal selection process.

Professor Lynn Gladden EPSRC’s Executive Chair, said “World class researchers deserve world class laboratories and this investment is one that will benefit the career of many Early Career Researchers across the country. Having the right tools for their research will give them the opportunities they need to make new advances in their fields and keep our universities working at the leading edge of science and engineering.”

List of the Higher Education Institutes awarded grants:

University of Bath

University of Birmingham

University of Bristol

University of Cambridge

Cardiff University

University of Dundee

Durham University

University of East Anglia

University of Edinburgh

University of Exeter

University of Glasgow

Heriot-Watt University

Imperial College London

University of Kent

Kings College London

Lancaster University

University of Leeds

University of Liverpool

Loughborough University

The University of Manchester

Newcastle University

University of Nottingham

University of Oxford

Queen's University Belfast

Queen Mary University of London

University of Reading

University of Sheffield       

University of Southampton           

University of St Andrews

University of Strathclyde

University of Surrey

University of Sussex

Swansea University

University of York

University of Warwick


For further information please contact the EPSRC Press Office on 01793 444404 or email pressoffice@epsrc.ac.uk

Notes to editors:

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit https://epsrc.ukri.org.

EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.

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