This is an advance notice that EPSRC’s Healthcare Technologies theme intend to launch a call for ‘Healthcare Impact Partnerships’ in mid-May with the full call document being made available in due course.
Following a pilot call in 2013 and follow up calls in 2014/15 and 2015/16, EPSRC intends to invite proposals for Healthcare Impact Partnerships. It is anticipated that a budget of up to £5 million will be available to support projects that progress previous EPSRC funded research towards impact within a healthcare application. Proposals will be expected to build upon existing strengths and expertise and demonstrate potential to address an unmet healthcare need and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions.
Applicants will be required to work in partnership with both clinical and business partners to advance their previous research outputs towards impact. This should be a three-way relationship, combining the existing research programme with a both business and clinical partners, in order to enable the next logical step towards healthcare impact. All partner(s) will be expected to play an active role in the design and progress of the project as well as demonstrating significant direct or in kind contributions towards the project. Projects should involve clear demonstration of clinical engagement in order to ensure the research will address an unmet clinical need.
Proposals submitted in response to this call will be expected to describe:
- High quality projects where the novel engineering and physical sciences component comprises the majority of the proposed research
- Multidisciplinary teams with the appropriate mix of skills and expertise for state of the art engineering and physical sciences research combined with a full understanding of user needs or "pull"
- Alignment to relevant EPSRC strategies for Healthcare Technologies and how they will deliver aspects of the strategies
- Applicants should also consider how they will deliver the investment priorities within the Healthy Nation of the EPSRC delivery plan. We would particularly like to encourage research projects which address the priorities of “Transform community health and care” and “Improve prevention and public health”
- An identified health need that will be addressed through the project, and how the research outcomes will lead to improved clinical practice and/or offer significant added value over current or alternative healthcare solutions
- How the proposed research and associated impact activities have been designed to support and shorten the pathway to impact in health.
Applicants will be required to register their intent to submit prior to their full proposal submission. Applicants that do not register their intent to submit before the deadline will be ineligible for the call.