Research Community Update - May 2018

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Research Community Update: May 2018


Launch of UK Research and Innovation

UK Research and Innovation logo

1 April 2018 saw the introduction of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), an independent organisation which brings together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and Research England. For more information on the new organisation, please visit the UK Research and Innovation website.

Please note: from 3 April 2018, EPSRC's web address will change to

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UKRI Website

Researchers in Residence Awards


We have launched a new pilot initiative to improve knowledge sharing between research universities and Catapults.

Many of the challenges identified require Researchers to be working at the interfaces and across the Catapults delivered either through the allocation of awards jointly supported between Catapults or through joint awards led by one Catapult on behalf of others. The first tranche of Researchers in Residence successfully recruited against this pilot activity have now been funded. Further opportunities will continue to be available through 2018 as detailed at the Catapult Researchers in Residence Programme page.

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Lens on Research and Innovation

Lens on Research and Innovation

EPSRC Lens on Research and Innovation (LoRI) is an interactive graphic that allows you to explore our portfolio through either a sector or lifestyle lens. By scrolling over the graphic and selecting sectors or areas of interest to you, key facts and figures, case studies and short videos will appear that demonstrate the breadth and impact of the investments we have made in this area. Content is regularly updated, providing a rich source of information on EPSRC’s portfolio. To find out more visit LoRI.

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Lens on Research and Innovation

Council member appointments

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EPSRC has appointed 12 Council members, these have been confirmed by the board of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

Council members took up their posts following the establishment of UKRI on 1 April 2018.  

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Full list of members

Early Detection Innovation Sandpit and Award

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Participants are sought for a multidisciplinary sandpit in liquid biopsy. Led by CRUK, with EPSRC and STFC, it will explore molecular markers in blood or other bodily fluids to detect cancer earlier.

Markers exist in very low concentrations relative to molecules from healthy cells. Developing sensor and analysis technology which detects these markers amongst a noisy background would be transformative for patients.

The workshop will catalyse novel ideas by bringing diverse research communities together. If your research is in sensor technologies, sample preparation, data handling or other areas that have the potential to detect very low signals please apply. The workshop will be held 16-18 July 2018, applicants must attend the whole event. There is seed funding available of £100k per successful idea generated at the event to test feasibility. 

Applications close on 24 May 2018. 

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EPSRC Impact Report 2016-17

EPSRC Impact Report 2016-17

Our latest Impact Report was published in March 2018 and provides a snapshot of the wide range of impacts generated by EPSRC-supported researchers and doctoral students. 

It also sets out how building the skills that the UK needs for its prosperity, and supporting the research leaders of tomorrow, is key to EPSRC's strategy; the international impact of EPSRC-supported research; and the organisation's commitment to supporting cutting-edge research and its translation through research infrastructure funding.

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Read the Impact Report

Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

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The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) aims to bring together the UK’s world-leading research with business to meet the major industrial and societal challenges of our time. Wave 2 challenges are in the process of being announced and Wave 3 expressions of interest have recently closed. 

To stay up to date with the latest opportunities and news visit the UKRI website.

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Mathematical sciences – delivering social and economic impact in the UK

We have published The Era of Mathematics review which explores the critical role of mathematical sciences to the UK’s increasingly innovative economy. Highlighting their wide-ranging social and economic impact and making nine recommendations about how to ensure the UK becomes a world leader in mathematical science knowledge exchange. 

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Calls for funding

Innovation Fellowships: EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub

Applications are invited for up to two postdoctoral Innovation Fellowships funded by the EPSRC Future Composites Manufacturing Research Hub. Fellowships will be for a period of up to two years and are aimed at early stage researchers looking to take the first step towards an independent research career.

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Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund - Transforming Construction: Active Building Centre

EPSRC, on behalf of UK Research and Innovation, invites submissions of proposals from UK university consortia to establish an internationally recognised Active Buildings Centre (ABC) to lead in research, innovation and commercialisation of Active Building Technologies in line with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund for Transforming Construction.

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Call for UK EV and Battery Manufacturing Economics Case – Led By Faraday Institution

In the context of the move to electric vehicles, the Faraday Institution wants to gain a robust perspective on how the UK can maximise jobs creation and investment in the electric vehicle (EV) and battery manufacturing markets.

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