EPSRC Launches Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050 Call

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Healthcare Technologies Theme aims to invest in research to support the next generation of underpinning science and emerging technologies. The focus of this call is Transformative Healthcare Technologies for 2050. The aim is to build a critical mass of novel Engineering, Physical Sciences, Mathematical Sciences and ICT research that will create technologies that will impact and transform healthcare for the NHS, community care, home care and an ageing workforce by the year 2050.

EPSRC is looking to support visionary projects that could create a step change in how healthcare is delivered. Applications should not just consider health treatment but also homecare, prevention and wellbeing with the overall goal of keeping people physically and mentally healthy. Projects should develop and help realise the potential of:

Next-generation digital healthcare systems.

Engineering healthier environments where people live and work.

Future affordable and inclusive healthcare solutions.

Technologies to improve healthcare treatment.

Applications are encouraged across the breadth of engineering, physical sciences, mathematical sciences and ICT, although all applications must be predominantly within the remit of EPSRC. Projects and collaborations are particularly welcomed that address underrepresented parts of EPSRC’s portfolio and the two Healthcare Technologies Grand Challenges: Transforming Community Health and Care and Frontiers of Physical Intervention. The call will only support preclinical and precompetitive research projects, and results will be placed in the public domain.

Researchers will be required to demonstrate how their project vision will impact the future of the healthcare sector. All staff at UK institutions eligible to receive funding from UKRI are eligible to apply. Multi-institution applications are permitted. For information on the eligibility of organisations and individuals to receive EPSRC funding, see the EPSRC Funding Guide.

Up to £25 million will be available or this call to fund four to six projects. There will be an information day about this call which will be held on 27 March 2019. Interested applicants can see further details and sign up on the EPSRC website.

This is a two-stage call with a mandatory outline stage followed by an invited full proposal stage.

Outline applications should be submitted by 7 May 2019.

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