You can apply for a new investigator award at any time in any field of research relevant to our remit. Your project should typically last one to three years and have a single research vision with clearly defined objectives and outcomes. Complex, multi-faceted research projects with many objectives are not appropriate to the new investigator award.
You should typically seek 10-20% of the principal investigator’s time. Those who are seeking to substantially exceed this should consider other funding opportunities.
Applicants are encouraged to have early discussions with their institutions to identify what training and development opportunities are available to meet their aspirations over the duration of the proposal. Your host organisation’s statement of support is important.
Find out more about the new investigator award expectations (PDF, 111KB) including what we are looking for and the support expected from your host organisation.
We support excellent research in:
- digital economy
- global uncertainties
- healthcare technologies
- information and communication technologies
- living with environmental change
- manufacturing the future
- mathematical sciences
- physical sciences
- quantum technologies
- research infrastructure.
Find out more about our research areas and themes.
We expect the majority of your research to fall within our remit. We encourage you to contact us first to discuss your proposal if you believe your research may cross research council boundaries.
See our remit query form.
The new investigator award supports both theoretical and experimental research projects across EPSRC’s remit. We expect the level of funding to vary but be appropriate to the proposed research programme. The scale may also vary significantly, depending on the focus of the award.
You can look for examples of funded projects by searching for ‘new investigator’ in our online portfolio.
We will fund 80% of the full economic costs of your project. You may request funding for staff costs, equipment and other items required to carry out the project, costs related to impact, and travel and subsistence.