Expression of interest
You should complete the expression of interest survey as soon as you can prior to applying. This will:
- give us an indication of the number of applications we can expect
- help us to form an appropriate assessment panel.
To complete the survey you will need to provide:
- details of the personnel involved, for example principal investigators, co-investigators and project partners
- the name of the UK research organisations.
Complete the expression of interest survey.
Applying through Je-S
You must apply using the Je-S system.
You should ensure that you are aware of and comply with any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
We recommend you start your application early. You can save completed details in Je-S at any time and return to continue your application later.
When applying select ‘new document’ then:
- council: EPSRC
- document type: standard proposal
- scheme: standard
- call/type/mode: UK Japan Civil Nuclear Research Programme Phase 9.
After completing the application you must select ‘submit document’. This will send your application to your host organisation’s administration
Your host organisation’s administration is required to complete the submission process. You should allow sufficient time for this between submitting your proposal to them and the funding opportunity closing date.
Your host organisation will be able to provide advice and guidance on completing your application. You can also find advice on completing your application in the Je-S handbook.
EPSRC must receive your application by 16:00 on 16 June 2022. The closing time in Japan may be different from this. Please plan your joint submissions accordingly.
Other documents you need to submit
In addition to the Je-S application form, you must also submit:
- a case for support (up to 12 sides of A4, see ‘case for support’ section below for details)
- a work plan (one side of A4)
- a justification of resources (up to two sides of A4)
- a project organisation diagram. Contact your Japanese collaborator for guidance as this is included in their application form.
Submitting CVs is optional. You may choose to include a CV for any named researchers, visiting researchers and researcher co-investigators, as applicable. Each CV should be no more than two sides of A4.
Where applicable, you should also include:
- a project partner letter of support (no page limit). If a letter of support is applicable you can upload it to the ‘project partner’ section of the Je-S application
- a technical assessment for the use of major facilities (no page limit).
You should attach your documents as PDFs to avoid errors. They should be completed in single-spaced Arial 11 font or similar-sized sans serif typeface.
Please note that on submission to EPSRC all non-PDF documents uploaded onto Je-S are converted to PDF. The use of non-standard fonts may result in errors or font conversion, which could affect the overall length of the document.
You should adhere to the above attachment requirements when submitting your proposal. Any missing, over-length or unnecessary attachments may result in your proposal being rejected.
Case for support
Your case for support should be no more than 12 sides of A4. It should match your Japanese partner’s submission as closely as possible. We understand that there will be differences in language. It should include:
- a track record (up to two sides of A4) detailing the relevant expertise that the investigator and team will bring to the research programme
- a description of the proposed research, describing the work being done in both Japan and the UK (up to ten sides of A4). It should also include a national importance statement.
For reference, JAEA and CLADS have requested that Japanese applicants include in their equivalent of the case for support:
- the aims of the joint research theme, describing the research goals and specific results that will be obtained from this collaboration, and how these will contribute to the decommissioning of Fukushima Daiichi NNP and Sellafield
- the roles of UK and Japan research teams, describing the role of both UK and Japan-based researchers in this project and how collaboration will occur
- the research approach: the Japanese and UK research goals and plans
- expected outcomes from the Japanese and UK researchers, listing the synergistic effects.
For more information, read our advice on what to include in your proposal.
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. Read more about completing ethical information in Je-S.