Manufacturing the future: Call for investigator-led research projects

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 20 April 2018 with a manufacturing panel to be held in August 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.