The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has issued a pre-call announcement for a forthcoming call under the Healthcare Technologies theme.
The intention of the call is to provide the support for early career researchers (ECRs) to develop a personal programme of high quality, creative, and multidisciplinary research, and to build and grow their research group. It is expected that a budget of £7-10million will be available to fund approximately 7-10 personal awards of up to five years’ duration. The long-term objective is to create a cohort of the most promising future leaders who will develop new research capabilities across the EPSRC portfolio to address unmet healthcare needs.
Applicants to this call should have demonstrable leadership potential, both in terms of team leadership and research field leadership, and they must be strongly supported by their host institution. Specifically, EPSRC will be looking for applicants who wish to revolutionise healthcare technologies both through the development of field changing fundamental research, and through the integration of approaches which ensure user needs are considered.
This call will be closely aligned to the Healthcare Technologies strategy; a new way to think about how Computational, Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences researchers can tackle current and emerging health challenges facing society.
This call is suitable for academics that have held a permanent academic post at an eligible institution for a maximum of eight years at the closing date for full proposals.
There will be no constraints on the number of applications which may be submitted from a single institution through this call although it is expected that universities will only put forward their most promising candidates.
The call is expected to open on 11 October 2016, with the deadline for Intent to Submit proformas being 15 November 2016.