This is a pre-announcement notice. The EPSRC New Horizons funding opportunity will open on 9 November 2021, when further guidance and information will be available on this page.
The EPSRC 2019 delivery plan (PDF, 4.31MB) highlighted the desire to continue promoting excellence in research by investing in ways that are optimised to the specific researcher base and research outputs desired. As part of this strategy, EPSRC proposes investing in new approaches to delivery, such as this New Horizons funding opportunity.
New Horizons is a pilot scheme which comprises funding for researcher-led, high-risk research focused on:
- advancing knowledge
- securing the pipeline of next-generation innovations.
It will enable funding for completely new ideas, which are essential to future-proof our research base. The first phase of the pilot was held in 2020 with a focus on the mathematical and physical sciences community.
New Horizons: piloting a streamlined application process
In this second phase of the New Horizons scheme, the aims are to:
- support speculative, high-risk research ideas that could potentially offer high reward, to ensure the continued flow of these types of research projects into the EPSRC portfolio and wider UKRI funding streams
- trial ways to minimise the bureaucracy of the application process, particularly for the applicant
- deliver a faster process compared to current standard funding routes, whilst maintaining robust decision making that is proportionate to the level of risk.
The New Horizons funding route is intended to stimulate creativity within the research community to give researchers time and space to test out their speculative ideas.
Proposals are welcome that are considered by EPSRC to be majority within the remit of the:
More information on remit will be provided when the opportunity opens. EPSRC reserves the right to reject proposals that do not fall sufficiently within the scope of the opportunity.