Take your time working up a bid to the EPSRC’s manufacturing stream
The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s Manufacturing the Future panel (previously referred to simply as the ‘manufacturing priority’ panel) meets every quarter and has up to £3 million available per panel meeting. Bids to the panel follow the council’s normal Standard Grant format but focus on research challenges facing the manufacturing industry both now and in the future. Collaborations with businesses and the public sector are encouraged.
The next deadline for applications is 30 March, and this will be the last round before the scheme—as with all EPSRC schemes—moves to the new Funding Service application system. However, those who are now pulling their bids together might be minded not to rush too much to make that deadline. As Dana Ofiteru, senior lecturer in the school of engineering at Newcastle University, told us in 2020, these proposals often involve multiple partners and require patience and persistence.