Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations

Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations (IRCs) are centres of internationally-acknowledged scientific and technological excellence, with sufficient critical mass to make a real impact in areas of key future industrial relevance to the UK. The collaborations are funded through large, long-term grants, typically around £10 million over six years. IRCs generally involve several universities together with industrial partners.

We fund IRCs through calls for proposals.

Recent IRCs

EPSRC IRC 'SPHERE' - a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment

The SPHERE IRC will take an interdisciplinary approach to developing sensor technologies for healthcare in a residential environment.
Academic partners: University of Bristol, University of Reading, University of Southampton.
EPSRC IRC 'SPHERE' a Sensor Platform for Healthcare in a Residential Environment (GoW EP/K031910/1) - £11.7 million
October 2013 – September 2018

Multiplexed 'Touch and Tell' Optical Molecular Sensing and Imaging

This project will design, make and test a cutting-edge bedside technology platform which will help doctors in the intensive care unit (ICU) make rapid and accurate diagnoses that would inform therapy and ensure patients get the right treatment, quickly.
Academic partners: University of Edinburgh, Heriot-Watt University, University of Bath.
Multiplexed 'Touch and Tell' Optical Molecular Sensing and Imaging (GoW EP/K03197X/1) - £9.4 million
October 2013 – September 2018

EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases

The centre will create a new generation of early-warning sensing systems to diagnose, monitor and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Academic partners: University College London, Imperial College London, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, Newcastle University, University of Surrey.
EPSRC IRC in Early-Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases (GoW EP/K031953/1) - £11 million
October 2013 – September 2018

Quantum Information Processing Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration (QIP IRC)

The scientific theme of the IRC is the controlled transfer of quantum information between static and propagating forms.
Academic partners: University of Bristol, University of Cambridge, University of Hertfordshire, Imperial College London, University of Oxford, University of Sheffield, University College London, University of York, University of Leeds.
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Quantum Information Processing (GoW GR/S82176/01) and Fundamental theory for quantum information processing (GoW GR/S82169/01) - £10.6 million
April 2004 - March 2009

Bionanotechnology IRC

The aim of the IRC is to learn from nature - to understand the structure and function of biological devices and to utilise nature's solutions in advancing science and engineering in areas as diverse as biosensors, genomics, the discovery of new medicines, diagnostics and drug delivery.
Academic partners: University of Oxford, University of Southampton, MRC National Institute for Medical Research, Imperial College London, University of Nottingham, Marie Curie Cancer Care, University of Glasgow.
Bionanotechnology IRC (GoW GR/R45659/01) - £9.7 million
April 2002 - March 2008
Funded with Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Medical Research Council (MRC) and Ministry of Defence (MoD).

Nanotechnology IRC

The nanotechnology IRC will provide an underpinning interdisciplinary activity in nanotechnology with the theme of understanding and controlling the physical properties of nanostructures and devices by fabrication at single molecule precision.
Academic partners: University of Cambridge, University College London, University of Bristol.
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Nanotechnology (GoW GR/R45680/01) - £9.8 million
January 2002 - December 2008
Funded with BBSRC, MRC and MoD.

UK Centre for Tissue Engineering

The aim of the IRC is to extend the base of scientific knowledge that underpins tissue engineering and to translate this knowledge to the development of commercial products and clinical treatments for healing injured and diseased tissues.
Academic partners: Universities of Manchester and Liverpool.
IRC in tissue engineering: cellular and molecular approaches (BBSRC grant TIE13617) - £9.7 million
March 2001 - March 2007
Funded with BBSRC and MRC.

MIAS – From Medical Images and Signals to Clinical Information

MIAS is all about transforming the enormous flood of medical data into manageable amounts of useful information that will help doctors and ultimately benefit patients.
Academic partners: University of Oxford, University College London, King's College London, University of Manchester and Imperial College London.
From Medical Images and Signals to Clinical Information (GoW GR/N14248/01) - £8.2 million
January 2001 - October 2007
Funded with MRC.

UPDATES

Ultrafast Photonics for Datacomms above Terabits Speeds

This IRC is concerned with the technology required for the development of the next generation of photonics with the aim of operating at speeds in excess of 100Tb/s.
Academic partners: University of St Andrews, Imperial College London, University of Glasgow, University of Cambridge, Heriot-Watt University, University of Bristol, Aston University.
Ultrafast Photonics for Datacomms above Terabits Speeds - UPDATES (GoW GR/R55078/01) - £10.7 million
January 2001 - June 2007

Advanced Knowledge Technologies (AKT)

The AKT IRC aims to help transform information into knowledge by developing and extending a range of technologies providing integrated methods and services for capture, modelling, publishing, reuse and management of knowledge.
Academic partners: University of Aberdeen, University of Edinburgh, Open University, University of Sheffield, University of Southampton.
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Advanced Knowledge Technologies - AKT (GoW GR/N15764/01) - £7.5 million
October 2000 - June 2007

EQUATOR - Technological Innovation in Physical and Digital Life

This IRC brings together researchers from eight different institutions and a variety of disciplines that address the technical, social and design issues in the development of new inter-relationships between the physical and digital. Areas of activity include experience, city, city-wide performance, digital care, digital play, domestic environment, e-science, and games.
Academic partners: University of Bristol, Lancaster University, University of Glasgow, University of Nottingham, Goldsmiths College, University of Southampton, University of Sussex, University College London.
EQUATOR - Technological Innovation in Physical and Digital Life (GoW GR/N15986/01) - £10.7 million
October 2000 - June 2007

DIRC - Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Dependability

This IRC is addressing the dependability of computer-based systems. Dependability encompasses many facets including reliability, security and availability.
Academic partners: University of Newcastle upon Tyne, City University, Lancaster University, University of Edinburgh, University of York.
Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Dependability of Computer-based Systems (GoW GR/N13999/01) - £ 7.3 million
July 2000 - March 2007