RCUK Global Challenges Research Fund- what we know so far…

The Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) is a £1.5 billion fund announced by the UK Government to support cutting-edge research that addresses the challenges faced by developing countries through:

  • challenge-led disciplinary and interdisciplinary research
  • strengthening capacity for research and innovation within both the UK and developing countries
  • providing an agile response to emergencies where there is an urgent research need.

Below are some slides summarising what we know so far…


EPSRC Early Career Forum in Mathematical Sciences

Grand Challenge Equations by Duncan Hall CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Grand Challenge Equations by Duncan Hall CC BY-NC-SA 2.0

EPSRC is seeking Expressions of Interest for membership in their Mathematical Sciences Early Career Forum. The forum is a way for EPSRC to interact with researchers in the early stages of their career in order to share information on EPSRC policy and process. It is also an opportunity for early career researchers to network with colleagues from across the country, interact with senior academics that have a strong connection to EPSRC and to discuss future EPSRC strategy related to the Mathematical Sciences.

Forum members will be expected to attend two events per year, where there will be a number of interactive sessions on topics such as understanding funding opportunities, the peer review process, accelerating impact and building leadership.

EoI is via a web based form on the EPSRC website and you’ll need to apply by 30th June 2016. Eligibility is not strictly defined in the guidance, but EPSRC state that they are keen to hear from people who are in the process of applying for, or recently awarded, a First Grant.

The criteria you’ll need to address to be selected are below:

  • Rationale for wishing to join the EPSRC Early Career Forum in Mathematical Sciences.
  • How does the applicant’s research fit within the scope of the Mathematical Sciences theme?
  • How does the applicant envisage using membership of the Early Career Forum in Mathematical Sciences to develop as an independent researcher?
  • Evidence of inspiring and giving a lead to fellow researchers.

If you have any questions or wish to discuss your application further, please contact your Faculty Research Funding and Policy Manager.


Become a member of EPSRC’s Peer Review College

Peer Review Monster by Gideon Burton CC BY-SA 2.0
Peer Review Monster by Gideon Burton CC BY-SA 2.0

EPSRC has issued a call for expressions of interest to join its Associate Peer Review College. The full details of the call and how to apply are given in the call documents available on the page. You can make an application via the web form embedded on the page until 10th May.

This is an excellent opportunity to play a part in deciding how the EPSRC allocates its budgets, and will give an invaluable insight into the process of review and decision-making for EPSRC grant applications. It is highly recommended that any academic staff who have already been successful with EPSRC funding or who are applying/planning to apply in the near future consider applying to join the College.


Membership of the Associate Peer Review College is unpaid and represents a commitment to peer review up to 8 EPSRC proposals in a year. The Associate Peer Review College is the first step on the route to becoming a full Peer Review College member for EPSRC. Graduation to full College membership will depend upon the individual “completing a set number of usable reviews, completing on-line training and maintaining an up to date personal profile to help identify them”. After a member gains experience of reviewing proposals they may be approached to participate in assessment panels, but this is likely to be after substantial experience has been gained.

Criteria used to select members includes academic track record in EPSRC research areas (in journals with high impact factor) and background with business in a relevant sector (including collaborative research with business).


EPSRC to launch academic networking features

EPSRC have announced they will be shortly launching “EPSRC Communities”. Handshake 52-365 by Julia Taylor CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

It includes a suite of features that allow academics to set up profiles, manage subscriptions, set up email alerts and bookmark pages for others to see. It will also allow some functionalities to customise your experiences on the site. The system changes are being rolled incrementally as beta testing is completed, and more information can be found at the links below…







EPSRC Invites Proposals Which Address Key Research Challenges Facing…

EPSRC invites proposals that tackle challenges experienced in the Manufacturing Industry today in the UK.

The Manufacturing The Future theme has proiritised Investigator-Led Research Projects.

There is no closing date for this appeal, but proposals are organised around batching dates. The next set of batching dates are 27th February 2015 and 31st August 2015.

For more information, please click here.



EPSRC invites outline proposals for human-interaction with ICT

EPSRC is inviting outline proposals which will look at opportunities for how humans will interact with ICT technology in the future which will involve areas such as wearable devices, autonomous systems and an internet of things.

The call is being run in parallel with the “Making Sense from Data” call, which is being issued simultaneously by the ICT Theme.

Deadline information: Outline proposals due by 4pm, 6 January 2015; full proposals due by mid June 2015.

Further information can be found here.



Energy catalyst – late-stage awards – pre-commercial technology validation

The Energy Catalyst has been established by Innovate UK, the EPSRC and the Department of Energy and Climate Change and is open to innovative businesses and researchers from any sector who can address the three major challenges facing the energy sector – the energy ‘trilemma’ of:

  • reducing emissions
  • improving security of supply
  • reducing cost.

Expressions of interest are invited for their energy catalyst programme’s late-stage awards – pre-commercial technology validation. These will demonstrate and evaluate the capability and performance of innovative technologies through pre-commercial technology validation in the energy sector. Projects can include prototype and pilot testing such as field trials in realistic operating environments.

Registration is required to enter this competition. Please note that registration will close one week before the competition application deadline.

Opens: 6 Nov 2014

Registration closes: 12 noon, 1 Feb 2015

Expressions of interest due: 12 noon, 18 Feb 2015

Please note that there will be a briefing by webinar on Monday, 10 November 2014 from 13.30-15.30 for those wishing to find out more about Round 2 of the Energy Catalyst. This will include information on the scope, funding and the application process. Register for the WEBINAR.

Further information can be found here.