This highlight notice is to encourage applications to the EPSRC Healthcare technologies investigator-led grant that:
- address tackling infectious diseases, for example COVID-19
- focus on being more resilient to future epidemics and pandemics.
Your application should build upon and complement the existing EPSRC portfolio, especially research related to tackling COVID-19.
In particular, we are looking for novel engineering and physical science solutions in one or both of the following two areas.
Building resilience in healthcare systems to rapidly respond in healthcare emergencies
Solutions that help us prepare for, manage (absorb, adapt, and transform) and learn from shocks.
For example, this includes:
- adaptable and scalable approaches to manufacturing vaccines and therapeutics
- alternative and flexible approaches to deliver care
- health surveillance systems and analytics to detect outbreaks.
Preventing, controlling, diagnosing, and treating infectious diseases
For example, this includes:
- techniques for predictive prevention of disease
- decision-support dashboards and tools for healthcare professionals, and flexible and adaptable processes for manufacturing high-quality therapies.
Scope of EPSRC healthcare technologies investigator-led grant
We are seeking a range of investigator-led proposals from researchers who want to apply their expertise to a defined healthcare challenge. You can work in:
- physical sciences
- mathematical sciences.
We particularly want to encourage research projects in line with our strategies and in the under-represented fields of:
- mathematical sciences
- physical sciences.
We would expect strong proposals to be working with clinical, business, charitable or public sector partners.
Your application should be in line with the grand challenges of our healthcare technologies theme:
- developing future therapies with technologies that enhance efficacy, minimise costs and reduce risks to patients
- frontiers of physical intervention, restoring physical function and optimising surgery and other physical interventions with high precision and minimal invasiveness
- optimising treatment through effective diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention
- transforming community health and care by using real-time information to support patients managing their own health and wellbeing and to allow healthcare professionals to make timely interventions.
Your application should also show how you will advance any cross-cutting research in:
- advanced materials
- disruptive technologies for sensing and analysis
- future manufacturing technologies
- medical device design and innovation
- novel computational and mathematical sciences
- novel imaging technologies.
We are particularly encouraging research projects that seek to:
- transform community health and care
- improve prevention and public health.
Find out more about the EPSRC healthcare technologies theme.
Out of scope
Any proposals submitted previously to either of these closed funding opportunities are not eligible, unless significantly revised or incorporated in new ways into other proposals:
We fund a wide range of projects ranging from small, short-term grants to multi-million-pound research projects, including:
- high-risk or high-return research embracing new concepts or techniques
- feasibility studies
- instrument development
- collaborative projects that cross different disciplines.
We will fund 80% of the full economic costs of your project. You may request funding for:
- staff costs
- equipment and other items required to carry out the project
- costs related to impact
- travel and subsistence.
We recognise that the development of healthcare technologies is complex and can take longer than in other areas of research.
Your proposal should consider very carefully how you will maximise impact, and you are strongly advised to include a request for resources to support these elements of your work.
Find out more in the EPSRC healthcare technologies impact and translation toolkit.