EPSRC Competition Aims to put People at the Heart of Software Engineering

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences, and one of seven Research Councils that – along with Innovate UK (IUK) and Research England – make up UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

EPSRC has launched a call to support novel proposals that put People at the Heart of Software Engineering research. The call will support researchers who can advocate for the importance of Software Engineering and highlight the huge impact it has on everyday lives This includes considering the needs of the users and developers of software, as well as considering the potential impact software could have on people.

Applicants to this call must develop a strong vision that outline how they intend to advocate for the area, as well as a novel research programme that takes people and users into consideration from the start of the project. Applicants should request funds for this purpose, describing how they will engage with each other, EPSRC and a wide variety of stakeholders to help raise the profile of Software Engineering research.

As this call is a targeted funding opportunity provided by EPSRC, higher education institutions, and some research council institutes and independent research organisations are eligible to apply. 

Up to £4 million is available to support four to six proposals.

Full proposals should be submitted by the 24 July 2019 deadline.

Proposals will go directly to postal-peer review before being assessed at prioritisation panel of experts. The top ranking proposals from this panel will then be invited to an interview panel shortly afterwards.

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