EPSRC Autonomous Manufacturing – EOI Call


EPSRC would like to invite Expressions of Interest for research proposals in Autonomous Manufacturing. The aim of the call is to support research that addresses the research challenges that underpin autonomous manufacturing.

EPSRC aim to have a diverse set of research programmes that span manufacturing applications, processes, and value sectors, that exploit novel and adventurous research for the advancement of autonomous production technologies and systems in the factory environment. They will support multidisciplinary research programmes of up to five years with flexible funding of up to £10m that can be used for a mixture of multidisciplinary research projects, feasibility studies and networking and outreach activities.

This first stage of the call seeks expressions of interest to submit a full proposal. The submitted expressions of interests will be assessed at a short-listing panel in May 2015 and those that align appropriately with the scope for this call will be invited for the full proposal stage.

Deadline for EOIs: 4pm on the 16th April 2015
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*Please Note – The EOI format is different within this call to others in the past, meaning you will submit an EOI via the website. All collaboration and individual costs must be discussed with us before submission. To do this – Click Here

Horizon 2020: Future Emerging Technologies – Call


Horizon 2020 is looking to support a large set of early stage, high risk visionary science and technology collaborative research projects is necessary for the successful exploration of new foundations for radically new future technologies. The Commission considers that proposals requesting a contribution from the EU of between 2 and 4 million EUR would allow this specific challenge to be addressed appropriately.

Proposals must aim at one of the following two impacts:
• Initiating a radically new line of technology by establishing Proof-of-Principle of a new technological possibility and its new scientific underpinning
• Kick-starting an emerging innovation eco-system of high-potential actors around a solid baseline of feasibility and potential for a new technological option, ready for early take-up.

Deadline for applications: 30th March 2015, with the internal deadline the 23rd March 2015. Please Contact Us as soon as possible if you intend to apply or have any questions!

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EPSRC Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges – Event


The Healthcare Technologies Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) have agreed the future Grand Challenge strategy based round a matrix of grand challenges and cross-cutting research capabilities. This matrix is still to be finalised, however current thinking is that there will be four healthcare driven challenges:

  • Using real-time information to support self-management of health and wellbeing, and facilitating timely interventions.
  • Optimising treatment for individuals through early diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention.
  • Enhancing the precision and minimising the invasiveness of surgery, radiotherapy, and other physical interventions.
  • Supporting the development of new therapies – from drug delivery technology to scalable manufacturing methods.

The new strategy will be launched at a town meeting in London on 14th April 2015, along with a number of funding opportunities to begin implementing the strategy. To attend this launch event, a expression of interest needs to be submitted via the EPSRC website. This will need to be submitted by the 2nd March 2015. This will ensure the diversity and appropriateness of attendees.

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RCUK Digital Economy Priority Areas Update


The Research Councils UK Digital Economy (DE) Theme is supporting research to rapidly realise the transformational impact of digital technologies on aspects of community life, cultural experiences, future society, and the economy. To achieve this they bring together a unique community of researchers (from diverse disciplines including social science, engineering, computer science, the arts and medical research) and users (people, business, government) to study, understand and find solutions to real problems. EPSRC leads the RCUK Digital Economy Theme on behalf of Research Councils UK.

The Digital Economy Theme is actively looking to recruit and support fellows operating in DE priority areas from October 2015. These priority areas include Social Computing, Advancing the Internet of Things for DE and Business and economic models. Early Career Researchers are particularly encouraged to apply.

These fellowships can be 5 years in duration, and principles of the fellowship framework include:
— Specification of the desired qualities, experience, achievements or attributes, and providing flexible support
— At transition points we will put in place mechanisms to re-focus our support on those who have the most potential, through a competitive and outcomes driven review process
— We expect to work in partnership with universities and business to both identify candidates and enhance the research environment for established and emerging leaders.
— To accelerate the development of leadership skills, we will encourage exposure to different environments and ideas, for example by encouraging mobility between different organisations and exposure to creative techniques
— Development of leadership cohorts by networking and provision of access to skills and experience

Deadline for applications 28th February 2015
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Industrial CASE PhD Studentships – Call

Smith Inst

The Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering has been allocated 4 Studentships from EPSRC Industrial CASE Studentships to support postgraduate researchers working on new industrial-academic collaborations in mathematics. In general, they are looking for projects that combine a significant mathematical research challenge with the prospect of commercial impact.

To be eligible as a CASE partner, companies must have an established UK-based research and/or commercial production capability. These studentships must be placed with a Research Organisation that receives Doctoral Training Grant funding from EPSRC.

Companies and University departments wishing to propose a CASE project through the Smith Institute prepare, using the form designed for the purpose, a proposal containing a brief outline of the project and a description of the associated industrial outcomes, which is returned electronically to Melvin Brown by the submission deadline.

Deadline for applications – 27th February 2015, please contact your Research Facilitation Team if you intend to apply.
For the application form – Email Melvin Brown (melvin.brown@smithinst.co.uk).
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