Engineering offers fellowships within the following priority research areas.
Advanced materials are instrumental to the development of multiple industrial sectors that have the potential to generate long-term economic growth and jobs for the UK. The importance of this field of research has been recognised through recent strategic investments in infrastructure and skills, as well as EPSRC’s Fellowship for Growth call in late 2013, which recognised a number of leading academics who are building UK leadership in advanced materials engineering.
Applications are invited across the wide range of distinct control design methodologies (optimisation based controller design, adaptive control, and so on), but also in a range of challenging applications across the remit of EPSRC including but not exclusive to control of active vehicle suspension, robotics and autonomous systems, manufacturing, building automation, critical infrastructures like transportation systems, water networks, healthcare technologies and other systems that interact with technological system and so on).
Robotic and autonomous systems (RAS) are interactive, cognitive and interconnected tools that perform useful tasks in the real world where we live and work. These decision-making systems with varying level of autonomy will be part of our response to national challenges: an ageing population, safer transport, efficient healthcare, productive manufacturing, and secure energy.
Sustainability and Resilience are both grand challenges for society to which Engineers can make a huge impact. This fellowship area is open to applicants from across the breadth of the engineering community who want to use novel engineering research to tackle either (or both) of the challenges of sustainability and resilience. Applicants to this theme should identify in their application how their research will address issues around sustainability and/or resilience, and should consider how their novel engineering solutions can be put into practice.
Synthetic biology concerns the application of engineering tools and principles to the design and manufacture of biologically based parts, devices and systems that do not exist in the natural world, as well as the redesign of existing, natural biological systems.
This area covers the growth, formation, processing, measurement, characterisation and multi-scale modelling of dry or wet particulate systems and fluid-particle systems. This includes the fundamental understanding of powder flow and particle / particle interaction.
This research area captures a broad spectrum of underpinning microengineering research aimed at developing a diverse range of novel miniaturised micro-structured devices that include microfluidic, microelectromechanical and microfabricated devices.
This research area encompasses design and optimisation of technologies relating to water resource management, treatment and distribution systems, including assessment and control of water quality and engineering research pertaining to the management and treatment of waste water and sewerage, including drainage systems.