EPSRC Launches Call to Enable Human Centred Decision Making through Data Visualisation

Funding available to support novel research into how interactions with data and visualisations could improve human centred decision making.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is providing funding to enable improved human centred decision making through increased and better interactions with data and visualisations.

The call seeks to encourage multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary research into data mapping and improving visualisations, as well as research into how people interact with data and visualisations, and how improving visualisations and interactions can improve human centred decision making.

In particular, research is welcomed in the following areas:

  • Mapping complex data into visualisations.
  • Data evaluation methods.
  • Human decision making in complex or time constrained environments.
  • New display and interaction technology.
  • Multisensory and inclusive visualisations.
  • Interactions between a human decision maker and data.
  • User centred research, including how people interact with data.
  • How improved data visualisation could impact society.

Applicants are able to propose research in other areas as long as they can demonstrate novel research into how interactions with data and visualisations could improve human centred decision making.

Research must be within 50% of the EPSRC information and communication technologies theme remit.

Standard EPSRC eligibility rules apply. Research grants are open to: UK higher education institutions; research council institutes; UKRI-approved independent research organisations; eligible public sector research establishments; and NHS bodies with research capacity. Full guidance on institutional eligibility is available here.

Eligible applicants must:

  • Be employed at the submitting research organisation at a level equivalent to lecturer or above.
  • Hold a fixed-term contract that extends beyond the duration of the proposed project.
  • Hold an EPSRC, Royal Society or Royal Academy of Engineering fellowship aimed at later career stages.
  • Hold fellowships under other schemes (applicants should contact EPSRC to check eligibility, which is considered on a case-by-case basis).

Multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary academic collaboration is encouraged, particularly with those who have expertise in human behaviour, social science, and library and information studies.

Funding of up to £3 million is available to support four to six projects lasting up to 36 months. The full economic cost of an individual project can be up to £750,000. EPSRC will fund 80% of the full Economic Cost (fEC).

Applicants should first submit an intention to submit form by the 8 July 2022 (16:00) deadline.

Applications should be submitted by the 2 August 2022 (16:00) deadline.

(This report was the subject of a ResearchConnect Newsflash.)