Whether you want to continue with existing university or external activities, have caring responsibilities or are returning from a career break, EPSRC is committed to provide support both as part of your initial application and should your situation change over the course of your grant. With this in mind, we welcome applications from academics who job share, have a part-time contract, or need flexible working arrangements.
Read EPSRC’s blog post on this topic to see what’s available to you as an applicant and existing grant holder.
In addition, EPSRC wish to ensure the support they offer is flexible in practice as well as in principle, and are interested to hear your views. Throughout April they will have a survey open where you can share your experiences of where their support has and has not worked for you and help them improve their guidance and policy. A separate survey is available for students.
BU is introducing the second round of the Research Council Development Scheme which is a coordinated, targeted set of activities designed to inspire and equip BU researchers to achieve greater success with Research Council funding.
The aim is to:
- Increase awareness of the Research Councils opportunities
- Equip researchers with the confidence and skills to apply for the Research Councils funding in line with their career stage
- Fast-track the development of a portfolio of proposals by facilitating proposal writing, setting next steps and allocating support
Due to the wide range of opportunities offered by Research Councils, the RCDS will feature a range of activities which may be generic in scope or targeted to a cohort as follows.
- E cohort – early career researchers and those new to Research Councils (learning aims: first grants, fellowships, general mind-set and approach)
- M cohort – mid-career researchers and those with some Research Councils experience (learning aims: project leadership and moving up to larger grants/collaborations)
- P cohort – professorial level and those with significant Research Council experience (learning aims: high value, strategic and longer-larger funding)
As the RCDS is being piloted, this first cohort will have access to the ‘gold standard’ of a mix of development activities:
- As a group and within targeted cohorts: training, workshops, structured proposal writing sessions and opportunities to build peer-to-peer support.
- 1:1 support for scoping/identifying funding streams and planning/starting proposals.
- Hands-on work to develop proposals through the scheme, including bid surgeries.
The criteria for membership, expectations of membership, and the training and development timetable for the RCDS can be found in the scheme document. Those wanting to participate in this great opportunity will need to submit an expression of interest to: firstname.lastname@example.org stating:
- Why they are applying to the RCDS
- What (if any) Research Council Bidding experience they have to date
- Which targeted cohort they consider themselves to be in: E, M or P
- Do they have a funding proposal in development? If so, to provide details of the proposal (this is not essential to be a member)
Please submit your expression of interest by 18th December 2019. RKEO will then send a membership agreement form to potential members, where they will agree to attend the training sessions and submit proposals to the research councils. As this scheme is part of the RKEDF, potential members will need to seek approval from their Head of Department or departmental nominated approver.
Please read through the scheme document and if any clarification is required then contact Rachel Clarke, Research Facilitator, RKEO. This scheme is a fantastic opportunity to accelerate your research council funding track record.
The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future theme invites standard research proposals for consideration at a manufacturing-focused prioritisation panel. A standard Manufacturing panel will be held every quarter (subject to sufficient demand). Proposals for any panel should address key research challenges facing manufacturing in the UK today and in the future. This activity is intended to highlight the theme’s long term ambition to increase the number of investigator- led research ideas we support.
The Manufacturing the Future theme has prioritised funding to support investigator-led research ideas in manufacturing, with up to £3 million per panel available (dependent on demand and quality of proposals). Should there be insufficient demand we reserve the right for proposals to be considered at the most appropriate capability theme panel meeting.
The next batching dates are:
- 16:00 on 11 April 2019
- 16:00 on 23 July 2019 (To be confirmed)
The batching dates are being published to help the manufacturing community plan and submit standard proposals. They are not deadlines but used by the Manufacturing the Future Theme to assess the level of demand in each quarter.
It is strongly recommended that proposals are submitted before the batching dates to ensure there is enough time for the peer-review process to be completed. Proposals submitted after this date, or those that do not have sufficient reviews in time for the panel, will be assessed by the most appropriate capability theme panel at a later date (i.e. Engineering, ICT, Physical Sciences or Mathematics).
Please see below a summary of this funding call :
Funding available : £3 million
Deadline : Open (However, it is suggested that applications be submitted in accordance with batching dates closing deadlines)
Please see this link for more information about this funding opportunity.