Please read the Research Councils UK (RCUK) guidance document (PDF 135KB) which gives information on what interests should be declared when writing an application.
Funding eligibility across the councils.
EPSRC is committed to attracting the best potential researchers from a diverse population into research careers and providing support to help them stay should their situation change. We have therefore developed these guidelines to highlight the support available to researchers with caring responsibilities.
Our remit covers engineering and the physical sciences: we fund research into chemistry, engineering, information and communications technologies, materials, mathematical sciences and physics.
EPSRC work with other Research Councils at the boundaries of our remit to ensure there are no gaps in funding, so proposals at the interfaces of traditional research disciplines have the same support structure as those that fall well within Research Council remits.
When discussing a potential project with a company or university, you may want to sign a Confidential Disclosure of Information Agreement so all partners can talk freely about the proposed research.
EPSRC does not fund clinical trials i.e. studies that involve large numbers of animals/patients. However, costs may be requested for Proof of Concept (PoC) studies i.e. where initial data from a small number of tests is being gathered to validate and inform the continual development of the technology developed as part of the project. Such studies are expected to be at the end of an EPSRC proposal and act as an initial validation of feasibility before further funding is sought elsewhere.
It’s important to make arrangements for managing the intellectual assets generated by research projects. We encourage the exploitation of the results of all the research we fund.
A set of frequently asked questions about how to apply
Guidance on collaboration agreements and managing intellectual property, including EPSRC requirements, links to Lamber model collaboration agreements and information about sub-contractor agreements for company-funded research.
Research Councils UK (RCUK) have adopted a new policy document setting out clear guidance on best practice for researchers.