You may already be aware of EPSRC’s recently announced call for Healthcare Technologies NetworkPlus proposals. The aim is to build UK-wide networks to address the recently announced Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges. EPSRC expects to fund 8 networks, each of which must have representation from several disciplines and institutions. The funding available is around £600k per network, split between community-building activities and feasibility projects (the Plus component). The closing date for proposals is 6th October 2015, with a compulsory expression of interest deadline of 8th September.
These networks are likely to be important in shaping the future EPSRC funding landscape in Healthcare Technologies, so it is important for the University to be involved. Please think about the possibility of leading a network and/or contributing to one led by another university. There is no limit on the number of applications that can be submitted, but the University will be coordinating responses to this call with a view to: providing help and advice, avoiding overlap, avoiding underlap (failing to draw fully on relevant strengths), and preparing institutional letters of support.
If you are interested in leading a proposal, or participating in one led by another University, please complete the online internal expression of interest form by 27th July 2015. If you have any queries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
NB. The call document makes it clear that EPSRC will not fund NetworkPlus proposals that overlap significantly with existing EPSRC-NIHR HTC Partnership Networks. These are not easy to find so we have provided brief details here.