Completed forms from eligible applicants will be anonymised and undergo a selection process by a panel consisting of members of the engineering community with experience in EDI activities, as well as EPSRC and WES representatives.
Applications will be scored and ranked based on the responses to the questions in the application, in alignment to the selection criteria. Between candidates of equal merit, EPSRC will also seek to achieve an appropriate distribution of career stages and institutions across the individuals selected.
In the event of this funding opportunity being substantially oversubscribed as to be unmanageable, EPSRC reserve the right to modify the assessment process.
Opportunity specific criteria
A strong track record of activity (either through professional qualifications or specific job roles) in EDI is not essential. However, the applicant must be able to demonstrate an interest in EDI, for example via presence on a committee or group which have a role in tackling EDI issues, involvement in events focused on enhancing EDI in engineering or other.
This interest can include broader EDI issues, and may not be limited to gender issues. A prior interest in EDI issues other than gender is welcomed but the applicant must also demonstrate a willingness to learn and develop their knowledge of gender issues in engineering.
The applicant must be able to describe how the benefits of this opportunity will help them develop their career, networks etc. that would not otherwise be possible without this opportunity. There should be a clear indication of how the membership will be used, for example, events that the applicant will attend or involvement in a mentorship scheme etc.
The applicant should be able to describe how they intend to use this opportunity to creatively advocate for gender inclusivity and equality in engineering as a discipline, and attempt to address some of the issues and challenges women encounter.
They should detail how they plan to maximise on this opportunity over the 12 month period for both themselves, EPSRC and WES, for example, will money from the small flexible shared pot be requested for activities.
You must demonstrate a willingness to engage in a 2-way dialogue between the community and EPSRC on EDI matters, pointing out potential links to the EPSRC EDI action plan.
Feedback will not be provided from the assessment panel.