EPSRC to launch pilot call for transformative research projects

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The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will launch a pilot call for transformative research projects, to trial streamlined application process. The New Horizons activity forms part of the EPSRC Delivery Plan objectives under Research Excellence.

The call underlines UK Research and Innovation’s (UKRI) commitment to strengthen best practice and explore innovative new approaches.

UKRI’s objective is to create a stronger research and innovation environment focussed on supporting talented people and realising the potential of their work.

We will make it a priority to ensure our systems and processes free researchers and innovators to focus on their work while also reflecting the importance of the impact agenda and supporting us to make the best funding decisions.

As part of this approach we are exploring ways to reduce administration for applicants engaging with UKRI and will identify and pilot new approaches designed to improve the experience of applicants.

New Horizons

EPSRC’s £10 million New Horizons fund will support up to 50 highly transformative research projects across mathematics and the physical sciences.

The projects will be funded via a streamlined process, with a focus on the transformational potential of the research.  Applications will be invited up to a value of £200,000, for a duration of two years, without costing required in the application. The proposal paperwork submission will only consist of an anonymous four-page case for support, with a further two pages outlining the team’s ability to deliver. Successful projects will provide detailed costings after a decision has been made. Proposals are welcomed across two broad areas:

  • Novel physical sciences research aimed at new approaches for understanding fundamental Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science, the creation of new experimental approaches and the discovery of new molecules and materials.
  • Novel advances in Mathematical Sciences research across the breadth of pure and applied mathematics as well as in statistics and operational research.

Full guidance will be available when the call is published in the coming weeks on the EPSRC website.

For further information visit the news item on the UKRI website.