This strategy will be up-dated in line with the Delivery Plan 2016-2020 by the end of June 2016.
Our strategy is to support of excellent long-term core and multidisciplinary engineering research, with increased focus on working with EPSRC's most research-intensive partner universities
As the single largest public sector funder of engineering research, we will stimulate creativity and long-term thinking in areas with the potential for long-term impact. We will actively shape our portfolio, focusing resource on areas where the UK is internationally leading, or has a realistic chance of taking an international lead, while reducing investments in areas of lower national importance.
Taking a holistic view of our portfolio, we will focus on core engineering skills, knowledge and resources, and integrate research policies so that they successfully deliver against EPSRC's priority challenge themes of Energy, Healthcare Technologies and Manufacturing the Future - which are dependent on underpinning engineering research and a flow of leading researchers between disciplines.
We will maintain our emphasis on quality over quantity in postgraduate training provision and will continue to support the best early-stage researchers with the potential to be international leaders. To this end we will actively manage our 'critical mass' investments, specifically Programme Grants, Platform Grants, Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs) and other large centres.
We will also build future intellectual capital in core engineering by focusing support on current leaders, and the next generation of creative researchers who have the potential to become international leaders, and through better alignment of our engineering research portfolio with societal challenges.