Transforming approaches to improving hearing aid technology
Proposals are invited to support multidisciplinary research collaborations, which are academically led and focussed primarily on the following research challenges:
- Optimising hearing aid devices for individuals
- Speech-in-noise performance in hearing aid devices
- New methods of signal transduction
Research projects must be led by an academic at an eligible institution (see 'Eligibility' criteria in the call document). EPSRC expects to allocate between £3million and £5million through this call to innovative, multidisciplinary research projects that are anticipated to vary in size and duration according to the demands of the proposed research. Research teams are expected to include appropriate partnership(s) with clinicians, industry and patient groups. However research programmes that focus on the clinical application of existing technologies and knowledge without advances in the underpinning engineering and physical sciences do not fall within the remit of EPSRC or this call and will be rejected before the peer review stage. Applications demonstrating a mechanism to secure advice and input from one or more user organisations are preferred particularly. Funded research teams will be expected to interact/collaborate with one or more of the LLHW Hearing Aid Research Networks to be funded under a separate call. Applications should include plans for how such collaborations will be developed.
Prospective applicants to this call must complete a statement of Intention to Submit by 23:59, 04 November 2014. Completion of this form is mandatory in order for the subsequent submission of a full proposal to be accepted.
An expert panel will be convened to undertake the entire review process, i.e. no other external reviews will be secured (see the 'Assessment' section of the call document for details).
Potential applicants are advised to consider:
- The report of the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Exploratory Workshop on Transformational Approaches to Improving Hearing Aid Technology (PDF) - 03 - 04 June 2014
- Further detail on the RCUK lifelong health and wellbeing programme