EPSRC Vaccines Manufacturing Research Hubs
Closing Date: 15/12/2022
Funding to establish a large-scale research hub to address challenges relating to vaccine delivery or manufacturing in low and middle income countries.
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is launching this opportunity, with a majority of funding from the Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), to support a large-scale manufacturing research hub to address challenges relating to vaccine delivery or manufacturing in low and middle income countries (LMICs).
The funded vaccines manufacturing research hub will join EPSRC’s portfolio of other critical mass investments in manufacturing research. The funding opportunity will aim to:
- Create and deliver a programme of high quality, multidisciplinary research that addresses the major, long term challenges facing vaccine manufacturers for vaccines to be used in LMICs.
- Lead and support the development of major new disruptive technologies in the field of vaccine manufacturing for the benefit of LMICs.
- Develop technologies and systems that allow for a rapid increase and scale-up of vaccines manufacturing in an epidemic or pandemic situation.
- Demonstrate national and international leadership in this area of science, working closely and collaboratively with academic and industrial partners from the UK, other high-income countries and LMICs.
The opportunity will support innovative, multidisciplinary research programmes in vaccines manufacturing to support rapid and cost-effective development, scale-up, delivery, and manufacture of vaccines.
As the DHSC funding is provided through the UK Vaccine Network, the research activity proposed must be in line with Official Development Assistance (ODA) principles. ODA funded activities focus on outcomes that promote the long-term sustainable growth of countries on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Development Assistance Committee list. ODA is administered with the promotion of the economic development and welfare of developing countries as its main objective.
Funded hubs will follow a hub and spoke model where the core activity is based in a single ‘hub’ location, with other institutions or groups acting as ‘spokes’, inputting specific expertise in areas that complement those from the lead institution.