Healthcare Technologies (HT) Developing Leadership strategy

The Healthcare Technologies (HT) theme had a pilot call which completed in June 2016 for Healthcare Technology Impact fellowships. Five fellows were supported. It has been decided not to have a second call.

The HT Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) discussed the future fellowship strategy for the HT theme at the July 2016 SAT meeting. Following their advice, the strategy has been revised:

  • Postdoctoral: Applications will still not to be invited at this career stage.
  • Early career: Applications will not be invited at this career stage. Support for this career stage will be through HT Challenge Awards (HTCA)HTCA grants are designed to support early career researchers to develop a personal programme of high quality, creative and multidisciplinary research, and to support and grow their research group.  They are intended to be a platform from which a broader funding portfolio can be built over the period of the grant. HTCA calls do not define the scientific focus of the research. The emphasis is on the leadership qualities of the applicant, both in terms of research leadership and team leadership.  The pathway to impact for the research in health is also important.  Calls for this award will be every 12-18 months. 
  • Established careers: The HT SAT recommended that there should be a route for established career researchers to seek funding for a personal award to allow them to focus on research. The SAT also noted that breakthroughs in Healthcare Technologies could potentially come from any area of EPSRC and an aim of the HT theme is to support the acceleration to impact in health of research from across the whole EPSRC remit. They strongly recommended that:
    • priority areas should be much broader than research areas and
    • priority areas should align with the published HT strategy and EPSRC’s healthy nation ambition
    • The approach taken during the fellowship should be multidisciplinary. 

On the basis of this advice, applications are invited in the following 4 areas which align to the overall HT strategy and EPSRC Healthy Nation ambition:

  • Developing Future Therapies: Supporting the development of novel therapies with technologies to enhance efficacy, minimise costs and reduce risk to patients.
  • Frontiers of Physical Intervention: Restoring function, and optimising surgery and other physical interventions to achieve high precision with minimal invasiveness.
  • Optimising Treatment: Optimising care through effective diagnosis, patient-specific prediction and evidence-based intervention.
  • Transforming Community Health and Care: Using real-time information to support self-management of health and wellbeing, and to facilitate timely interventions.

For more information on established career fellowships and how to apply, please see the Healthcare Technologies Fellowship webpage.