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Opportunity to apply for up to £30,000 funding from the EPSRC: apply by 16 August

last modified Aug 08, 2017 10:48 AM
Postdocs are invited to apply via the OPdA for funding for activities which fall under the remit of the EPSRC and the Global Challenges Research Fund.

The EPSRC has offered the University an institutional sponsorship grant to support development of a portfolio of research projects and Knowledge Exchange activities compliant with the Official Development Assistance (ODA) guidelines under the Global Challenges Research Fund.

Applications are invited for activities compliant with the ODA guidelines, i.e. research primarily relevant to the problems of developing countries.


Postdocs are invited to apply via the OPdA by 17:00 on the 16 August 2017.


The activity can be carried out in the UK or abroad and there is no requirement that matched funding or effort should be attracted from international research partners, however, international collaboration with partners in ODA-eligible countries is encouraged.

Activities must also be within the EPSRC remit.

Depending on the nature of your activity it may be necessary for the X5 submsision to be done by your department and your Department Head and Administrator should be made aware of your application.


We will require an email from your Head of Department approving this activity to be included with your application.


Expected use of funds:

  • All areas of engineering and physical sciences research can be included as long as the topic is compatible with ODA guidelines.
  • Multidisciplinary projects may be supported as long as the majority of the work proposed is within the EPSRC remit and they comply with ODA guidelines.
  • Research projects may be pump-priming in new areas or build on existing collaborations within EPSRC remit.
  • Knowledge exchange or impact acceleration activities should be based on previously funded EPSRC research, as for EPSRC Impact Acceleration Accounts. 


Terms of the internal grant award:

  • The grants will be awarded according to the standard full economic costing model: 80%fEC.
  • Terms and conditions of standard EPSRC research grants apply. The grant funds may not be used for capital expenditure, i.e. no single items of equipment above the £10k threshold are permitted. Student fees, stipends and any related costs are not eligible expenditure on this grant.

The projects start in September 2017 and must end by 31 March 2018. The end of the grant is non-negotiable and the grant cannot be used to pay for the activities beyond the end date of the grant.


Reporting requirements:

Successful applicants will be required to submit estimated expenditure on the grant up to (i) 31 December 2017 and (ii) 31 March 2018 by 1 November 2017. The final report on expenditure including the estimated expenditure until 31 March 2018 will need to be submitted by 15 March 2018.

The timetable is set by the EPSRC as it will need to report on the ODA expenditure in 2017/18. Failure to submit expenditure report for any of these two dates will result in withdrawal of funding.

Successful applicants will be required to submit a final narrative report by 15 May 2018.


To apply please submit an application form to by 17:00 on the 16 August 2017.

Please note, submission via the OPdA is for postdoc applicants only - other applicants can still apply via the EPSRC's open call.

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