2010 Call for Proposals for EPSRC Centres in
Closing date for registering intent to submit an outline: 12:00 02 June 2010 Closing Date for outlines: 16:00 24 June 2010
Closing Date for full proposals (invited applicants only): 16:00 14 October 2010
EPSRC aims for the Centres are:
; To create, deliver and disseminate a coherent programme of
innovative manufacturing research.
; To address major long-term manufacturing challenges / and or
emergent market opportunities.
; To provide strong support for UK manufacturing industries. ; To enhance the global profile and significance of UK manufacturing
; To create a national network of expertise in manufacturing knowledge
with outreach to other centres and relevant research groups. It is expected that the Centres will:
1. Act as leaders in their areas: be high profile, lead on workshops, open
days and networks and drive forward the innovative manufacturing
research agenda, influencing policy and contributing to national
debate in manufacturing.
2. Evolve by taking a strategic approach to move in new directions and
new areas and depart from traditional thinking.
3. Work with EPSRC to further manufacturing research.
EPSRC is inviting applications for a number of new EPSRC Centres in Innovative Manufacturing. The funding will be a single award of up to five years in duration consisting of two types of support:
1. Funding to retain key staff, nurture collaborations, market the centre,
undertake feasibility studies, ensuring the research knowledge is
appropriately disseminated and for networking with other Centres in
the UK and overseas (akin to platform grant funding).
2. Funding to support up to two research projects/themes the focus of
which are driven by the long-term manufacturing research challenges
Applicants will need to demonstrate:
; The innovative nature of the approach proposed to tackle the
manufacturing research challenges.
; The leadership and vision for the Centre.
; The UK need for this Centre and that the research challenges are not
already being addressed by other parts of the UK academic community. ; A business need through significant direction and support from
collaborators. There is an expectation that the extent of this user
support and engagement will increase over the lifetime of the grant. It is expected that key users will work with the academic team in preparing the bid (in effect be co-creators of the centre) and this should be apparent in the authorship of the case.
The EPSRC would particularly welcome proposals in emergent and convergent technologies and processes which require a multidisciplinary approach. The recent International Theme Day in Manufacturing highlighted the importance of the following areas: a whole systems approach; process modelling and the use of ICT tools in manufacturing (e.g. virtual manufacturing); sustainability and the green revolution (e.g. sustainable product development); and the integration of design and manufacturing. EPSRC will not fund centres in the specific areas already covered by the three new EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing or the six existing IMRCs whose funding continues after January 2012. These are shown below. EPSRC plans to commit ?50 million during 2010/11 and would like fund up to ten Centres, dependent on the quality of the proposals received and their fit to the criteria. It is expected that bids for the new Centres will range between ?3 million and ?6 million (calculated at 100% full economic costs - with EPSRC contributing at 80% fEC).
Applicants will need to discuss any application with EPSRC first and will need to register intention to submit before the formal assessment process which will be a competitive two-stage process:
; Outline stage – to assess the applicant has sufficiently addressed the:
o Centre vision and leadership qualities of the Director.
o Innovative nature of the manufacturing research challenges.
o UK need for the Centre.
o Capability of the research group to engage with users.
o Academic capability of the research group and alignment to the
o Appropriateness of EPSRC as the funding agency and of this
; Full stage where the proposals will be competitively rank ordered via both postal peer review and interview stages. The criteria, (which are not in any order of priority) will be:
o Quality of the innovative manufacturing research programme.
o Overall strategy for the Centre including vision, management and
plans for longer term sustainability.
o Leadership qualities of the director.
o Level of business/user direction and support.
o Exploitation strategy and potential impact, including networking
and outreach to other research and user groups.
o Capabilities of the research group to deliver the aims and
objectives of an EPSRC Centre in Innovative Manufacturing.
o Level of commitment from the university(ies).
There will be a briefing session for those groups invited to submit a full bid at the EPSRC Offices in Swindon on 11 August 2010.
Specifics of this call
The scientific remit of this call is innovative manufacturing research in
engineering and physical sciences; where aspects of a proposal overlap with the remits of other research councils, we will consult with those councils regarding their potential interest in becoming involved. All proposals must lie predominantly within EPSRC’s remit.
The definition of manufacturing research is:
The design and development of new and existing manufacturing
processes, systems and networks, wherein manufacturing is a means
of creating value from things that are made, and recovering maximum
value from the product or product idea, including delivering a service
The EPSRC would particularly welcome proposals in emergent and convergent technologies and processes which require a multidisciplinary approach. The recent International Theme Day in Manufacturing highlighted the importance of the following areas: a whole systems approach; process modelling and the use of ICT tools in manufacturing (e.g. virtual manufacturing); sustainability and the green revolution (e.g. sustainable product development); and the integration of design and manufacturing.
EPSRC will only fund one Centre within an area and therefore will not fund Centres in areas already covered by:
; the three new EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/research/centres/innovativemanufacturing/Pages/default.aspx in:
1. Liquid metal engineering
3. Regenerative medicine
1. or the six existing IMRCs whose funding continues after January 2012:
o Multidisciplinary Assessment of Technology Centre for Healthcare
o UCL Centre in Bioprocessing
o Scottish Manufacturing Institute at Heriot-Watt
o Electronics IMRC
o Health and Care Infrastructure Research and Innovation Centre
o Imperial Innovation Studies Centre
User collaboration is an essential aspect for these Centres. The case for support will need to provide evidence that partners have been engaged in generating the proposal from the outset. The EPSRC funding is to support a platform for basic research through to proof of feasibility within a laboratory environment. A key characteristic of the Centre is that the research is driven by the long-term research challenges of users. Financial sustainability is likely to depend upon successful funding from users, the Technology Strategy Board and other agencies with a direct interest in commercialising the research. It is also important that the knowledge within the Centre is refreshed from results arising from more fundamental research projects.
Applicants will therefore need a business plan which articulates the Centre‟s strategy at each stage of the value chain (discovery, understand, integrate/adapt, demonstration and deploy).
Deadline for registering intent to submit an outline application – 02 June
Deadline for outline proposals – 24 June 2010
Outline Panel – July 2010
Decision of the outline Panel – mid August 2010
Meeting with the successful outline applicants 11 August 2010 Deadline for full proposals – 14 October 2010
Prioritisation interview panel – February 2011
Decisions of which proposals will be funded – March 2011
REGISTER INTENT TO SUBMIT OUTLINE PROPOSAL
Anyone wishing to apply for one of these new Centres must register with EPSRC first by completing the Intent to Submit form which can be downloaded from the EPSRC website from the same page as this call document
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/funding/calls/open/Pages/innovativemanufacturingcentres.aspx. This must be sent electronically to email@example.com
by 12:00 on 02 June 2010.
Outline proposals will not be accepted from any applicant who has failed to register intent.
A. How to Apply
You should submit your proposal using the Research Councils‟ Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) System (https://je-s.rcuk.ac.uk/). When
adding a new proposal you should select Council „EPSRC‟, document type „Outline Proposal‟ and the „EPSRC Outline‟ Scheme. On the Project Details page you should select the „EPSRC Centres for Innovative Manufacturing 2010 Outline‟ call.
Both single and multi-institutional bids are invited; however, proposals must be submitted on one common Je-S proposal form even if they are multi-institutional bids.
Details of which Research Organisations are eligible to apply are available at http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/research/eligibility.htm. However, for this call, we
will only accept applications from UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). Note that clicking „submit document‟ in Je-S submits the proposal to your
host organisation‟s administration, not to EPSRC. Please ensure you allow sufficient time for your organisation‟s submission process between submitting your proposal to them and the Call closing date. EPSRC must receive your application by 16:00 on 24June 2010.
Please also note that it is the responsibility of the lead organisation to ensure all the documentation required is submitted with the