During the current Delivery Plan period (2016-2020), the Engineering theme is involved in a number of national and international activities. Examples of Engineering theme activities carried out during the last Delivery Plan period (2010-2015) can be found at the end of the list.
In 2017, the Engineering Theme at EPSRC ran three two-day workshops between March and May to engage with a broad cross-section of the UK Engineering community. The primary motivation of the workshops was to share EPSRC's strategy for the Delivery Plan 2016/17 - 2019/20 and discuss its implementation in the context of the Engineering theme's strategy. The workshop content included opportunities to discuss Equality, Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership, Impact, International and Multidisciplinary Working in the context of Engineering and also a horizon scanning exercise to identify potential emerging areas and long-term research challenges.
In 2018, the Department of Transport launched the Year of Engineering to celebrate the UK's engineering achievements and inspire the next generation of engineers. EPSRC is supporting the initiative with blog posts, Twitter advocates, and events to highlight the impact of engineering research and showcase the available training opportunities.
There is a renewed desire to understand what infrastructure is required to deliver high quality research and produce well-trained, highly skilled people that maintains the UK’s international standing in engineering. This roadmap has been developed in consultation with the engineering community to further stimulate and focus the infrastructure needs of UK engineering research.
A lead agency agreement is currently in place between the between EPSRC's Engineering, ICT and Manufacturing the Future Themes and the NSF Directorate of Engineering's (ENG), Division of Chemical, Bioengineering, Environmental and Transport Systems (CBET), Division of Civil, Mechanical and Manufacturing Innovation (CMMI) and the Division of Electrical, Communications and Cyber Systems (ECCS).
EPSRC invested £6.6 million in this call to support projects with potentially transformative impact in fields ranging from autonomous vehicles to energy storage and healthcare technology.
Whilst this is not a formal portfolio within the Engineering theme, there is a growing interest in Systems Engineering. A workshop was held in 2017 to identify novel Engineering and Physical Sciences challenges in Systems Engineering, and to understand and explore the contribution that this area of research makes to the EPSRC portfolio.
In January 2017, the Engineering theme held a Theme Day - an evaluation mechanism - to assess projects funded in Robotics and Autonomous System. A panel report and EPSRC action plan have been produced as a result.
The Early Career Forum was created in 2016 by the Engineering theme with the aim of establishing a long-term informal advisory structure, with an evolving membership that reflects the early career engineering community.
In September 2010, experts drawn from the worlds of technology, industry, the arts, law and social sciences met at the joint EPSRC and AHRC Robotics Retreat to discuss robotics.
Information on awarded grants and panel members for the EPSRC Challenging Engineers and Royal Academy of Engineering Senior Research Fellows investment.
The Challenging Engineering programme is designed to identify and support individuals with the potential to become future leaders of engineering research, with the ambition of building a team around them to deliver their research vision.
Challenging Engineering 2010 call, Challenging Engineering grant holders workshops, Current challenging engineering researchers