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EFL Funding and how to apply

Through an award from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funds are available to researchers from Art and Design Research Centre (ADRC), Biomedical Research Centre (BMRC), Centre for Sports Engineering Research(CSER), Communication and Computing Research Centre (CCRC) and Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) and broader to support new emerging multi-disciplinary collaborative ideas and projects. The funds will be used for

  • pump-prime new multi-disciplinary research that will lead to new external proposals aimed at research council funding. Please note the pump priming money will be allocated principally through the Ideas Generators, although it is planned to have a 'responsive mode' in place in early 2010
  • fund travel visits (inbound and outbound)
  • facilitate Ideas Generator sandpit events that enable researchers from different disciplines to meet and develop new ideas
  • three field labs - Future bathroom field lab, rehabilitation tools field labs and smart sensors/image processing
  • annual conferences/showcases

Criteria and information regarding Seed Corn funding. (PDF, 148KB)

Seed Corn funding application form (PDF, 55KB) Assessment Form (DOC, 99KB)

Seed Corn Funding Application Form (Word, 55KB)

Exceptional Funds

The Engineering for Life project has a limited amount of funding left from the original project. These funds have recently been augmented by a further £50k from EPSRC.

EfLApplicationForm Exceptional Funds (Word, 55KB)

Feasibility Account

The Engineering for Life (EfL) team has recently been successful in a bid to EPSRC for a Feasibility Account with a total value of £250k (FEC). The Account has been awarded to allow us to support multidisciplinary projects up to a maximum level of £60k per project.

Feasibility Account Information & Application Form (DOC, 201KB)

The closing date for submissions is 17.00, Mon 22nd November

For more information please contact us by e-mail or phone 0114 225 4037


External Funding Opportunities

High Performance Sport as a Model for the Acquisition, Retention & Retraining of an Individual's Skill Base

BBSRC and UK Sport wish to encourage basic research on understanding the biological and psychological basis of skill learning and retention. This will address issues of common interest such as the improved maintenance of an individual's skills base and lead to improved training methodologies for elite athletes.

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Application deadline for Letters of Intent: 10 August 2011


Health Innovation Challenge Fund

This is a parallel funding partnership between the Wellcome Trust and the Department of Health to stimulate the creation of innovative healthcare products, technologies and interventions, and facilitate their development for the benefit of patients in the NHS and beyond.

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Preliminary application deadline: 2 September 2011


Funding Call for Materials for Energy Announced - TSB

The Technology Strategy Board has allocated up to £3m to invest in highly innovative, collaborative R&D projects that address the application and demonstration of materials technologies for use in:

  • Energy generation 
  • Energy transmission and distribution
  • Energy storage.

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The call opens on 06 June and closes on 03 August


Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase

The Medipex NHS Innovation Awards and Showcase was created to identify individuals and teams working for the NHS whose ideas or interventions have directly led to, or could lead to, improvements in patient care and must be capable of being scaled up for wider implementation across the NHS.

Medipex_AwardLeaflet_382KB (PDF)




£18 million programme will grow market for independent living technologies and services

The Technology Strategy Board is to invest up to £18 million over four years to show how new technologies and innovative services can help support independent living for older people and people living with long-term conditions, and improve their quality of life.

A competition for contracts to establish the DALLAS sites will open in June 2011.  Further information about the competition will be published by the Technology Strategy Board in June.



Jerwood Charitable Foundation, GB

 The aim of the grant is to develop strategic approaches to supporting artists through nurturing, developmental or commissioning programmes founded and run by established arts organisations. Large grants refer to recurring relationships over a period of years, or to awards of more than £10,000.

Closing date: No deadline 




  • The Breast Cancer Campaign invites applications for its small pilot grants.

    These allow established scientists to investigate and develop new ideas in the field of breast cancer research. Grants will be awarded for research aimed at testing hypotheses for up to a year to provide sufficient data for a full application to BCC. It is expected that the grant will be used to fund a discrete piece of research and will not be supplemented from other sources. The applicant must have a proven track record in their own scientific field and be employed in a UK or Ireland research institute. Awards are worth up to £20,000.

  • Small pilot grants



EPSRC: Promoting Cross-Disciplinary Research

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council invites proposals for its promoting cross-disciplinary research: engineering and physical sciences and economic and social sciences call.

The cross-disciplinary interfaces programme wishes to support cross-disciplinary proposals at the engineering and physical sciences and economic and social sciences interfaces, with the majority of outputs looking to strengthen and feed back into the engineering and physical sciences. EPSRC invites applications from integrated cross-disciplinary groups to undertake research at these interfaces and promote cross-disciplinary culture and exchange across the respective disciplines.

Up to £6 million is available.



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