Equipment business cases are required for all items of equipment above:
£115,000 (excluding value added tax (VAT))
£138,000 (including VAT)
EPSRC provides funding for equipment through multiple routes to enable researchers to access the equipment they require to deliver their research in the most efficient and effective way.
The diagram on this page demonstrates the EPSRC approach to equipment funding; the most appropriate scheme or schemes to apply for are expressed as a function of the scale (from single user to national facility) and the nature of the equipment (from essential underpinning equipment to the cutting edge of innovation). Further details of each of the schemes are described in the following sections.
Individual items of equipment below £10k should be included in proposals for individual research projects and will be paid at 80% FEC.
Individual items of equipment and combined assets between £10,000 and £400,000 can be included on proposals for individual research projects.
Underpinning equipment can include renewals, upgrades, capacity building and lower specification or workhorse kit. EPSRC will fund this type of equipment through targeted activities subject to available funds. Investments in underpinning equipment may be informed by equipment roadmaps and areas for intervention may be prioritised using EPSRC strategies.
Items of equipment for instrument development will not need to be co-funded by another partner or go through the strategic equipment process. Equipment for instrument development should be integral to a research proposal.
Strategic Equipment is intended to enhance UK scientific capability and support a portfolio of high-quality, cutting-edge research of high priority to EPSRC; it can include both existing and potential research projects. The request should fit with the host university strategy and enable research that predominantly falls within EPSRC's remit. This scheme can fund individual or combined assets with a value over £400,000. Strategic Equipment could include, but is not limited to, enabling technology that increases novel research capability, or high-specification equipment that enables research through increased capacity (e.g. faster, higher resolution or more cost-effective results).
This includes the submission of a draft Business Case (stage 1) and the submission of a full equipment case to the Strategic Equipment Panel (stage 2).
All Equipment costing the OJEU limit or more that was funded between 2011 and 2015 was funded via Equipment Accounts which will be managed by the University. The administration of setting up and managing these Equipment Accounts is described here. From 2016 onwards each successful equipment proposal will be funded as an individual grant but will become part of the University’s EPSRC Equipment Portfolio and will be managed by the University in the same way as the Equipment Account.
List of supported strategic equipment, possibly available for sharing.
Records of equipment funding through the strategic equipment process and calls for capital equipment.