Manufacturing the future: Call for investigator-led research projects

Please note: the First Grant scheme closed to new applications at 16:00 on 24 July 2017 and has been replaced by the New Investigator Award scheme. Applicants to Manufacturing the future: Call for investigator-led research projects may apply under the New Investigator Award scheme from 25 July 2017 but applications will not be assessed by the Manufacturing panel in autumn 2017.

Further information about the New Investigator Award scheme is available.

The EPSRC Manufacturing the Future challenge theme invites investigator-led proposals which address key research challenges facing manufacturing in the UK today. In an effort to increase the theme's long term ambition to increase the number of investigator led research, the theme will issue a series of batching dates during 2018 and 2019 for investigator-led proposals. Submitted proposals will either be considered at a manufacturing-focused prioritisation panel (if there is sufficient demand) or via a separate list at an Engineering panel.

The next batching date will be the 12 January 2018 with a manufacturing panel to be held in May 2018 (if there is sufficient demand).

Proposals submitted after these dates, or those that do not have sufficient reviews in time for the panel, will be assessed by the most appropriate panel at a later date.

The Manufacturing the Future theme has prioritised funding to support investigator-led research projects in manufacturing, with up to £3.2 million available (dependent on demand and quality of proposals).

New Investigator Awards as well as standard research proposals are invited. To maintain continuity during the two stage process, fellowship proposals will continue to be assessed at the most appropriate capability theme panel. All proposals will be assessed in accordance with standard EPSRC procedure.