EPSRC Healthcare Impact Partnerships 2015/16 – Call

epsrclogowebThe call is now open for the EPSRC Healthcare Impact Partnerships 2015/16. The details are as follows:

A budget of £5 million is available to support projects that must progress previous EPSRC funded research towards impact within a healthcare application. Proposals should build upon existing strengths and expertise and demonstrate potential to address an unmet healthcare need and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions. Applications to this call should bring a creative and multidisciplinary approach to the cross cutting capability identified underpinning at least one of the four grand challenge areas.

This call is open to academics, from eligible UK research organisations, that have been a principal investigator or co-investigator on at least one EPSRC grant that completed on or after 01 April 2010 (inclusive) or is due to finish by April 2016. This grant must be clearly relatable to the cross cutting capabilities of Disruptive Sensing and analysis and/or Medical device design and innovation. Applicants will be required to work in partnership with at least one business partner to progress their previous research outputs towards impact

All proposals should also demonstrate clinical engagement in order to ensure the research will address an unmet clinical need. Proposals will be assessed on the impact generated from their previous EPSRC-funded grant, the suitability of the proposed research team, the engagement of the business partner, the quality of the proposed research and the extent to which further support will progress the previously funded research towards impact in healthcare.

Anyone intending to submit a proposal to this call must register their intent to submit by 16:00 on 27th August 2015. Applicants that do not register their intent to submit before the deadline will be ineligible for the call. The final call deadline will be the 24th September 2015.

To find out more and register to submit – Click Here
To view the Healthcare Technologies Strategy Document – Click Here


Impact and Knowledge Exchange – Seminar Series

oudcelogoThe University’s Department of Education are convening a high-profile seminar series on Impact and Knowledge Exchange in an Evolving Research Environment. The series will bring together different voices from the higher education landscape including researchers, funding bodies, ‘users’ and research facilitators to debate how impact and knowledge exchange are interpreted and practiced across research systems and networks. Weekly seminars will be given by external speakers on Wednesdays (6 May- 17 June), concluding with a panel discussion on the 17th of June. Opportunities for networking and discussion will be offered at each event.

At the first event in the series will be held on the 6th May 2015 at the Said Business School, from 5pm – 6:30pm, where Professor James Wilsdon will present the findings of his review of the role of metrics in research assessment and management and post-election prospects for social science funding & influence within government, building on the Campaign for Social Science’s recent report ‘The Business of People’.

To sign up for the first event – Click Here
To view the entire series – Click Here

RCUK: Pathways to Impact – Update


As described in the Research Support Newsletter at the end of January, RCUK have updated their Pathways to Impact criteria and information.

The purpose of Pathways to Impact is to encourage applicants to explore, from the outset, who could potentially benefit from their work in the longer term and consider what could be done to increase the chances of their research reaching beneficiaries. RCUK has now reviewed this approach in consultation with representatives from the academic and user communities. As a result of comments and feedback RCUK has reaffirmed its commitment to Pathways to Impact and will require a clearly thought-through and acceptable Pathways to Impact statement as a condition of funding in the future.

This harmonisation of approach across the Research Councils is important in the broad innovation landscape and RCUK will continue to engage with the other key research and innovation funders to ensure alignment of purpose and approach to deliver the best exploitation of UK research.

This change will take effect for peer review panels which take place after 1st April 2015.

To find out more about the changes – Click Here
For the updated Pathways to Impact summary guidance – Click Here (PDF)
For Oxford University’s guidance on a good Pathway to Impact section – Click Here

Thinking Imaginatively about Impact – Presentation


Thinking Imaginatively about Impact: Transistors, Mini-Skirts & Global Warming

A presentation is being held regarding the do’s and don’t’s of writing about ‘Impact and Innovation’, and will be an ideal opportunity learn more about what is required of an ‘Impact’ statement.

Anyone who interacts with the Research Councils, the EU,  and other funders will have come across terms like ‘Impact’ and ‘Innovation’. Major grant applications are not being approved due to deficiencies in the ‘Impact’ section. Among researchers there is sometimes a wariness about the whole idea of ‘Impact’, and a confusion regarding what it really means. The talk will be given by a consultant specialising in Innovation and Knowledge Transfer, and will offer a systematic approach to ‘Impact’, identifying the ‘benefits’ and placing them in the context of ‘opportunities’, alongside offering practical advice about how to write about scientific concepts in a clear way. Minconceptions regarding impact will also be tackled, particularly the statements “It’s all about commercial outcomes” and “that its only relevant for STEM (science technology engineering and maths)” subjects. Lunch will be provided.

Date: 9th December 2014
12:30 – 13:30
Lecture theatre, Pitt Rivers Museum

Places are limited, so to sign up – Click here

TSB InnovateUK 2014 – save the date!


As the EPSRC budget continues to decline TSB is the next best hope for keeping your research portfolio healthy. TSB’s annual innovation networking and exhibition conference is scheduled to take place on 5-6 November at Old Billingsgate in London.

At the event you will be able to:

  • Connect with businesses at the UK’s largest innovation event
  • Showcase your innovations and share latest thinking with the business community
  • Develop ideas and explore collaborative opportunities across global markets
  • Network with UK and international business, government and academia

Attending this would be particularly useful to researchers and academics hoping to build more (and new) industrial contacts for future collaborations.