This is the first stage of a two-stage assessment process. Your outline proposal should consist of the Je-S application form and a four-page case for support.
We strongly advise applicants to refer to the assessment criteria in the next section when writing a proposal.
Applying through Je-S
You must apply through the Joint Electronic Submission system (Je-S).
Named investigators who have not previously registered Je-S accounts are encouraged to do so well in advance of the submission deadline.
If you need help in applying, you can contact Je-S:
Je-S helpdesk is staffed from Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 5pm and Fridays 8:30am to 4:30pm (excluding bank holidays and other holidays).
When applying select:
- council: EPSRC
- document type: Outline Proposal
- scheme: Outline
- call/type/mode: Building collaboration at the physics of life interface: 2021 outline stage
After completing the application:
- you must ‘submit document’ which will send your application to your host organisation’s administration
- your host organisation’s administration is required to complete the submission process. Applicants should allow sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process between submitting your proposal to them and the call closing date.
Applicants should ensure they are aware of, and comply with, any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
EPSRC must receive your application by 16:00 on 2 June 2021.
The outline will take the form of a four-page case for support. As such, when completing the Je-S Application Form, please enter ‘N/A’ within the objectives and summary sections.
The proposal needs to be fully costed and project partners can be named if applicable. If the outline is deemed successful, we would expect the total cost of the subsequent full proposal to be within 10% of that requested in the outline.
However, neither a detailed breakdown and justification of the costs nor information regarding direct or in-kind contributions from any project partners is required at the outline stage.
As well as the Je-S application form, the case for support document must be submitted.
Case for support
The case for support is made up of four pages.
Part one: science case, including vision and fit to call
Three pages suggested.
Describe the background to the proposal, its vision and overall goals, timeliness and potential. Set this in the broader context of current knowledge.
Describe the specific high-level objectives (main work packages) of the proposed project and briefly describe how these will be tackled. Highlight features within the work proposed which are particularly original or distinctive. A detailed technical description is not required.
Explain how the elements of the work program will be integrated together to deliver ‘greater than sum of parts’ and key potential outcomes.
Explain how the proposed research fits the scope of the call, the physics and life sciences contributions, and the added value of bringing together disciplines in an exciting and novel way.
Part two: team
One page suggested.
Explain how the interests and expertise of each researcher will contribute to a strong and effective team, capable of achieving more than the sum of its parts and delivering the project’s objectives. This part of the case should be in the form of a succinct summary. Do not provide:
- past funding history
- publications or related metrics
- other ‘track record’, detailed biographical information or ‘measures of esteem’.
No other documents, such as annexes, a work plan attachment or letters of support, will be accepted.
All documents must be attached as PDFs to avoid errors. They should be completed in single-spaced Arial 11pt font or similar-sized sans serif typeface.
Read our advice on writing proposals (EPSRC).
Applicants are advised to self-check that the outline document and application form meet the requirements. If the application does not comply with the stated rules including formatting (font and spacing rules), given the timeline constraints, it may not be possible for us to return the submission to the applicant for amendments or corrections
EPSRC will not fund a project if it believes that there are ethical concerns that have been overlooked or not appropriately accounted for. All relevant parts of the ethical information section must be completed.
For more information, read our further guidance on completing the Je-S form (Je-S).
EPSRC guidance can be found in the additional information of this opportunity.
For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal, please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.