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The Year Ahead for Physical Sciences, Engineering and the Environment

A version of this article first appeared on Research Professional 08/01/2019 

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) will be announcing their priorities for the next five years in spring – so definitely worth keeping an eye on their websites!

Materials scientist Alison Davenport will report to the STFC this year on a review of the council’s consolidated grants, which account for £100m that the council awards annually in research grants each year.

Aerospace companies competing for a £92 million government contract to carry out a feasibility study on home-grown replacements for the EU’s Galileo Satellite Navigation System will find out if they are successful early this year. The UK is set to stop using Galileo for defense and critical national infrastructure after Brexit.

The NERC’s polar research ship (The RRS Sir David Attenborough) will be undergoing a year of sea trials before before it’s polar expeditions begin in 2020.

In the first few months of 2019 the government will review the implementation of the sector deals on automotive, artificial intelligence, aerospace and nuclear industries.

The year will close with a crucial meeting for UK space with the science minister and representatives from the UK Space Agengy attending the council meeting of the European Space Agency in November – the members will be tasked with setting funding levels.

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GCRF: High level details of 2019 calls announced

UKRI have announced themes for a suite of calls to be launched in 2019 under the UKRI GCRF Collective Programme.

The Programme will reach across the six strategic GCRF Challenge portfolios (global health, education, sustainable cities, food systems, conflict and displacement and resilience), and calls will be launched throughout 2019.

Calls will be led via specific Research Councils on behalf of UKRI as a whole, and steered by challenge leaders.

Themes for calls will be:

Cities and Sustainable Infrastructure

  • GCRF (Re)thinking the off-grid city
  • GCRF Sustainable energy and international development: beyond technology

Education

  • GCRF Education as a driver of sustainable development Network Plus
  • GCRF Education in conflict and crisis research
  • GCRF Education Interventions for Early Childhood Development

Food Systems

  • GCRF Cultures and histories of agriculture, food, and nutrition
  • GCRF A combined Food Systems approach to developing interventions to address the Double Burden of Malnutrition

Global Health

  • GCRF Health and Communities

Resilience to Environmental Shocks and Change

  • GCRF Equitable Resilience: ensuring resilience enhances the Sustainable Development Goals
  • GCRF Multiple and systemic Risks

Security Protracted Conflict, Refugee Crises and Forced Displacement

  • GCRF Development-based approaches to Protracted Displacement
  • GCRF Preventing Conflict, Building Sustainable and Inclusive Peace
  • GCRF Protection in Contexts of Conflict and Displacement

Calls that cut across the portfolios

  • GCRF Coherence Grants
  • GCRF Gender and Intersectionality Network Plus
  • GCRF Global Engagement Networks

Details have been launched regarding the Global Engagement Networks call (Deadline 14 February 2019), and we are expecting further announcements this week about other calls, so keep your eyes on the Blog.

(Ed – AHRC are already advertising their leadership of  various calls, and an indication of the types of project that willl be supported – e.g. networks, partnership building and research programmes).

As ever, if you’re interested in calls, please contact your Research Development Manager or International Research Development Manager as early as possible for advice and support.

 

 

 


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Changes to EPSRC and NERC New Investigator Schemes

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From 25 July 2017 a New Investigator Award scheme will replace the First Grant initiative. The New Investigator Award scheme will remove some of the current restrictions and will help improve the quality and ambition of research proposals submitted, recognising that different projects and new investigators have different needs.

For more information, please visit EPSRC.

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The eligibility for the NERC New Investigator scheme has been amended. Applicants must now be within five years (as opposed to the previous three) of first becoming eligible for NERC funding as a Principal Investigator. This applies from January 2018.

For more information, please visit NERC.


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EPSRC: Funding Calls

The EPSRC invite applications for the following calls:

Feasibility Study in Energy Research

Funding supports feasibility studies which carry out underpinning science and engineering energy research within a topic within EPSRC’s Energy remit. In addition, proposals should review past and current activity and identify key research challenges that need to be addressed.

Funding available: £160,000

Deadline for applications: 6 Jan 17

New Approaches to Data Science

This call aims to support new approaches to data science driven by real world challenges, with projects undertaken in close collaboration by teams of researchers from the Mathematical Sciences and/or ICT, together with researchers in other disciplines and end-users.

Funding available: £2.5 M

Deadline for applications: 24 Jan 17

ICT Theme Early Career Workshops: Call for Expressions of Interest

These aim to provide an update to the council’s ICT strategies and policies, and guidance on applying for grants, covering topics such as impact from research, career development and new ICT theme priorities.

Deadline for applications: 24 Nov 16

Underpinning Power Electronics 2016/17

EPSRC are looking to fund a balance of research from across relevant disciplines, to deliver high quality and adventurous research that will work through the CPE Hub to drive innovation and contribute to increasing the UK’s academic and industrial success in this field.

Deadline for applications: 17 Jan 17

Healthcare Technologies Challenge Awards

These awards aim to develop new research capabilities to address unmet healthcare needs.

Funding available: £1 M

Intention to submit a proposal closing date: 15 Nov 16


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Tackling Global Development Challenges through Engineering and Digital Technology Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, via the Global Challenges Research Fund, invites applications for its call on tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research. This supports an internationally leading programme of research centred around engineering and digital technologies to tackle the challenges faced by the developing world. Proposals must fall under one or both of the following headings:

•engineering research – sustainable infrastructure development, engineering for disaster resilience or engineering for humanitarian aid;

•digital technology research – access to digital services, use of data for vital services or secure and trusted digital infrastructures.

Projects must be predominantly in EPSRC remit, although interdisciplinary or multidisciplinary proposals are welcomed.

Collaboration with academic partners, government agencies and non-governmental organisations based in one or more developing countries is strongly encouraged. Industrial collaborators are also welcome.

The total budget is £25 million, enough to fund approximately 20 projects for a duration of 36 months. Items of equipment worth up to £10,000 may be requested. Costs associated with research overseas such as consumables and fieldwork are eligible.

Deadline for proposals: 15 November 2016

For more information, please visit EPSRC


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RCUK Joint Calls under the Global Challenges Research Fund

Translating Cultures and Care for the Future Innovation Awards on International Development

The call aims to support projects that take innovative approaches to the following research strands: Languages, cultural exchange and development assistance; Pressures in global mobility; Cultures and development; Cultural heritages, interpretation and representation. Proposals should clearly demonstrate the value of arts and humanities research to international development issues and provide a platform for further research in the relevant area.

Deadline for proposals: 21 July

GCRF Foundation Awards for Non-Communicable Disease (NCDs)

The aims of this call are to both address new research opportunities and develop capability and capacity to particular research areas, such as: Cardiovascular and metabolic research; Cancers of high prevalence in LMICs; Mental health and neurocognitive development; Adolescent, maternal, and childhood health; Impacts of demographic/behavioural changes across the lifecourse; Environmental change; Technologies, designs and methods suited to LMICs.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

GCRF Foundation Awards for Infection Research

This call will develop new or expand existing strands of ODA applicable research and partnerships targeting LMIC infectious disease priorities. Areas of opportunity include: Detection and diagnostic development; Epidemiology; Cultural, social, economic, environmental and political influences on the emergence and spread of infections; Modelling; and many more.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

GCRF Foundation Awards for Global Agricultural and Food Systems Research

This call highlights five broad research challenges as follows: Systems that deliver safe and nutritious food for all; Resilience of the food system to climatic variability; Reducing losses throughout the agri-food chain and reusing unavoidable food waste; Agriculture within the context of the wider landscape; Urban agriculture.

Deadline for proposals: 22 June

Tackling antimicrobial resistance: behaviour within and beyond the healthcare setting

The call aims to expand understanding of how the behaviour of public, professionals and organisations impacts on AMR: how it can enhance or control the spread of AMR; how it is affected by social, psychological and organisational context, cultures and history; and how it can be influenced to create different future scenarios.

Deadline for proposals: 20 July (Pump priming grants), 27 July (EOI for collaborative grants)

ESRC/AHRC Call for proposals on Forced displacement

This is a joint call for innovative, interdisciplinary projects focusing on the experiences of the forced displaced (both internationally and internally) whether due to poverty, war, conflict, persecution or human rights violations.

Deadline for proposals: 7 July

GCRF / PaCCS: Inter-Disciplinary Research Innovation Awards on Conflict and International Development

This call aims to support inter-disciplinary research innovation and international collaboration focussed on the interconnections between conflict and international development and with the potential to contribute to the welfare (broadly defined) and/or economic development of Low and Middle Income Countries (LMICs).

Deadline for proposals: 28 July

For support with your application, please contact Research Development.


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EPSRC Publish Delivery Plan 2016/17-2019/20

EPSRC have just published their Delivery Plan 2016/17-2019/20. All Research Councils publish Delivery Plans as a final product of Government Spending Review. The Plans set out each Council’s funding priorities and outline the activities that they intend to undertake over a given period i.e. this is the document gives some genuine signposts as to what is coming up over next couple of years. We’ve provided a summary below.

The full document is available HERE.

  • Four Prosperity Outcomes are identified as expected investment areas: Productivity; Connectedness; Resilience; and Health.
  • Under the Newton Fund they will continue to prioritise partnerships with China and India. They will continue the programme of joint activities in sustainable energy, as well as exploring opportunities in other ODA-compliant areas, for example water engineering.
  • They will partner with business in a number of ways, through one-off involvement in research or training investments, through co-invested research programmes developed between EPSRC academia and business. Expected outcomes include engagement with an increased range of businesses; increased intellectual contribution and financial investment from business; and greater business into EPSRC strategy and peer review.