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Launch of EPSRC Awards Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council.

To celebrate the incredible innovation that has taken place over recent decades and, in particular, the researchers who have led that innovation, EPSRC, in partnership with the Royal Academy of Engineering are launching the RISE awards – Recognising Inspirational Scientists and Engineers.

An independent judging panel will select their top 10 established inspirational scientists and engineers from nominees put forward by universities, industry, professional bodies and learned institutes. Each of these ten will then nominate someone they see as a future world-class talent.

EPSRC is at the heart of UK innovation, generating the fundamental knowledge that fuels economic and social prosperity and investing in the skilled people who drive research forward. Together with the Royal Academy of Engineering, the EPSRC supports the very best researchers throughout their careers by fostering their ambition, innovation and adventure.

For more information, please visit the EPSRC’s website.

EPSRC: ICT Early Career Researcher Workshops

As part of the EPSRC’s commitment to support the development of early career researchers, EPSRC’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Theme is inviting expressions of interest from early career ICT researchers to attend one of two workshops that will be held in Oxford and Glasgow in February 2014.

Participants will have the opportunity to:

  • Receive advice on funding opportunities, strategic priorities, grant writing and the peer review process from EPSRC staff and research leaders in ICT.
  • Engage with EPSRC staff on the development of strategies to benefit UK ICT research.
  • Consider and debate the impact of ICT research and responsible innovation in ICT research.
  • Form new connections with colleagues from across the ICT research landscape.

Each workshop will be residential and run across a two-day period to allow participants sufficient time for in-depth discussions and to maximise networking opportunities.

Overnight accommodation for the first day of the workshop and meals during the workshop will be provided. However, EPSRC is unable to reimburse participant’s travel or other expenses.


We anticipate that this event will be of greatest interest to ICT researchers that have completed a PhD (or equivalent qualification) within the previous ten years and are eligible to hold an EPSRC grant. However, we do not wish to be prescriptive based on years of post-doctoral experience and welcome applications from prospective participants with a different pattern of academic experience, early career researchers based in industry and postdoctoral research assistants.


Early career ICT researchers wishing to participate in either the Oxford or Glasgow workshop should apply by completing and submitting online, the Expression of Interest form before 16:00 on Friday 3 January 2014.

Submission of a complete expression of interest form will be taken as a commitment that you are available for the entire duration of your preferred workshop and will attend if selected.


Completed expression of interest forms will be assessed by a panel of EPSRC staff. The panel will select participants on the basis of the justification for attendance provided in the completed expression of interest form, while also seeking to ensure the participants are a representative cross-section of the ICT research community by research expertise and institutional representation.

Please note that the number of participants is limited.

Decisions on attendance will be communicated to applicants by email in the week commencing 13 January 2014.

EPSRC: Research Challenges in Carbon Capture for CCS

EPSRC, as part of the RCUK Energy Programme, invites proposals for collaborative research projects to undertake fundamental research to tackle challenges in carbon capture for carbon capture and storage (CCS). An indicative budget of up to £4M is available from EPSRC for this call. Cross-institutional bids are welcome, but there must be a single submission for each application, led by a single principal investigator, with only one proposal form.

The remit of this call is derived from the outputs of a scoping workshop which was held on 15 August 2013, where the following areas have been prioritised in order to complement the current CCS research portfolio:

  • Technology Integration, Intensification, Scale-up and Optimisation
  • Development of Capture Materials

Please consult the EPSRC’s website for further details. Any enquiries related to this call should be directed to the EPSRC Energy Team (01793 444 405), or Research and Income Generation Support at Research & Enterprise.

Closing date: 16:00 on 30 January 2014

RCUK: UK Regenerative Medicine Platform

UK Regenerative Medicine PlatformThe Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC) and Medical Research Council (MRC) are establishing a £25M UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP) to address the technical and scientific challenges associated with translating promising scientific discoveries in this area towards clinical impact.

At its core, the first stage of funding supports interdisciplinary and complementary research hubs that together will provide a world-leading programme to promote the development of regenerative therapies by addressing key translational gaps. With the successful establishment of this Platform, up to £6.5M is now available to support second stage funding for the UKRMP to build on this initial investment in order to address specific human health needs.


Closing date for ‘intention to apply’ 16:00, 18 September 2013
Closing date for full application 16:00, 30 October 2013

The RC sponsors, in partnership with Arthritis Research UK and the Multiple Sclerosis Society are therefore inviting proposals to establish high quality, collaborative research groupings to address key challenges in translational regenerative medicine focused into particular diseases or physiological/organ systems with therapeutic potential. Up to £6.5M is available to support 4-5 successful bids.

Applications across all health areas are welcome, with the exception of cardiovascular disease. Proposals addressing arthritis and related musculoskeletal conditions/rheumatology and multiple sclerosis are particularly encouraged, reflecting the key partnership with Arthritis Research UK and the MS Society in this call.

For further information on Stage II UK Regenerative Medicine Platform – Disease/Systems focused programmes, please contact Research and Income Generation Support at Research and Enterprise.