Successful applicants from the adventurous manufacturing round one call are invited to apply for further funding to extend the research in progress and enhance the impact of the initiative. Applicants should submit a full proposal, addressing how their proposal will build on the research conducted in their initial adventurous manufacturing research project. The proposed work must fall within the remit of the EPSRC manufacturing the future theme.
The vision of the EPSRC manufacturing the future theme is of a prosperous and productive UK, supported by a thriving research and knowledge-led manufacturing base. To enable this, our mission is to create and capture the benefits of basic research for UK manufacturing industries.
To this end, the adventurous manufacturing initiative was launched in 2018 to encourage highly transformative research in the near term which has the potential to disrupt the future manufacturing landscape. Proposals contributing to the following research priorities were invited:
- 21st century products
- digital manufacturing
- sustainable industries
- new industrial systems.
This remit allowed for projects across the whole spectrum of manufacturing research, including simulation, design, production, fabrication, systems and services leading to successful processes and products. The call was aimed at academics already working in these areas as well as those working at the interface between underpinning science and manufacturing who wanted to move their work into the manufacturing domain.
Proposals were expected to fall at least 50% within the manufacturing the future theme’s remit, with the potential that a follow-on application would be heavily focused in the manufacturing the future theme.
The EPSRC manufacturing the future theme are now looking to expand on the research funded in adventurous manufacturing round one by providing further funding to extend the research in progress and enhance the impact of the initiative. Up to £4 million will be provided for this call, for projects of the order of £1 million EPSRC contribution and expected to be of up to 36 months duration.
Proposals within the scope of this call should elaborate how they will expand on the results or impact of their round one grant.
This call is for standard research proposals.
This follow-on call is being launched to support excellent manufacturing research which contributes to realising the transformative potential of the original adventurous manufacturing projects. The call supports our mission to create and capture the benefits of basic research for UK manufacturing industries.
Adventurous manufacturing round one grant holders are therefore invited to apply for funding for projects that build on the work undertaken in the initial projects. The follow-on project must take forward and be clearly linked to the transformative research vision of the original project and must build on its research outputs. The ongoing research vision may be adapted in response to emerging research findings, priorities or opportunities. The suitability of the case for follow-on funding will be assessed by reviewers under the ‘fit to call’ criterion.
These projects may include the following activities:
- undertaking further scientific and technical development of the original project findings
- work to broaden the impact of the research, including identifying opportunities for user engagement and translation into UK manufacturing industries.
In line with all EPSRC research grants, the majority of the project must be focused on fundamental scientific research at Technology Readiness Levels 1-3. It is also appropriate to request resources to further the impact of the research and it is expected that consideration for this will be embedded in the programme.
The research vision and the majority of the work to be carried out must fall mainly within the remit of the EPSRC manufacturing the future theme. Funding should be requested solely for a new programme of activities and these should not duplicate proposed work from the original project proposal. Proposals falling outside this remit or where there is duplication of the original proposal may be rejected before the peer review stage.
Projects are expected to be up to 36 months in duration and the amount requested is expected to be of the order of £1 million (80% of the full Economic Costing (fEC)).
Equipment over £10,000 in value (including VAT) is not available through this call. Smaller items of equipment (individually under £10,000) should be in the Directly Incurred – Other Costs heading.
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