New Investigator Award - EPSRC

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Research organisation support

New Investigator Award proposals require completion of the ‘research organisation support’ section of UKRI Funding Service. Your answer should clearly answer the questions listed in the Funding Service and be tailored to the individual development aspirations of the applicant. You should write this from your own perspective, but using information from your research organisation where the grant will be held.

The research organisation’s level of support forms part of the proposal assessment.
Applicants are encouraged to have early discussions with their research organisation to identify what training and development opportunities are available to meet their aspirations over the duration of the proposal.

Your answer should draw on the discussions between the applicant and head of department (or relevant individual), and you may wish to consider the following issues as part of that conversation:

  • What university appraisal process has the proposal been through before submission?
  • What support has been provided during the development of this proposal?
  • How do the applicant’s expertise and interests fit current and future departmental research strategies?
  • How will this proposal help the applicant to develop their research with a UK focus but with the potential to be internationally leading?
  • How will the university support the applicant to ensure that all students and research associates supervised by the applicant have a good quality experience?
  • What mentoring or other support arrangements are in place?
  • What development and training opportunities will be provided, and how do they form a cohesive career development package tailored to the aims and aspirations of the applicant?
  • How will the applicant be supported to develop their research interests and career if this proposal is successful?

Where possible, generic statements should be avoided. Statements should clearly articulate what support will be available or received and how it integrates with the proposed research to deliver a comprehensive training package.

Level of support expected from the research organisation

We expect the research organisation to give the following levels of support:

  • full access to labs and other university facilities with associated administrative and technical support
  • dedicated mentors identified and roles of each mentor including frequency of meeting and extent of support set out
  • professional development activities identified which have been tailored to the needs of the applicant
  • reduction in teaching and administrative load
  • sufficient support to ensure that all students and research associates supervised by the applicant have a good quality experience

EPSRC reserves the right at any time to check that resources promised in the research organisation support response are provided to the applicant as stated.

Last updated: 1 November 2023

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