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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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Healthcare Funding Call from STFC

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The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is having a launch event for its new £1.5m Challenge Led Applied Systems Programme (CLASP) Healthcare funding call on 20th May 2014.

Healthcare is one of four key themes under the STFC Futures Programme and there are many technologies arising from across the STFC research base that have the potential to solve technical challenges faced by the healthcare community.
Outline applications for the funding call must be received by early September for projects starting from April 2015.

The main purpose of the day is to enable delegates to discover more about the programme, to hear from agencies driving the healthcare agenda and to meet with researchers from the STFC community as well as companies and users engaged in developing solutions to tackle healthcare challenges. There will also be networking opportunities for potential applicants to meet and share ideas with potential project partners.

The priority challenge areas set by the healthcare community cover:

  • Radioisotopes
  • Imaging technology
  • Medical Informatics
  • Early Diagnosis

The event is being held at the Royal College of Physicians, London, NW1 4LE, from approx. 10.00 – 16.00.

For further information on the CLASP Scheme and for event registration please see: