EPSRC Funding Opportunity: working with centres – advanced materials

Collaborate with Royce

This EPSRC funding opportunity is designed to support early- to mid-career advanced materials researchers. It will enable them to build connections and collaborations with established UK research programmes that will help enhance their research outcomes.

Applicants must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding.

EPSRC is looking to fund collaborative advanced materials research projects between early to mid-career project leads and existing large scale UKRI research and development investments. It expects applications to include one or more collaborator that enables the project lead to enhance or help translate their own programme of work. For example, this can be by providing access to expertise, skills or equipment. The novelty of the project should be in the work that the collaboration enables.

Proposed projects should present a balance of direct research and collaborative activities; EPSRC does not intend to fund projects that focus entirely on networking.

Eligible collaborations

To be eligible for this funding opportunity, at least one collaboration should be with an existing UKRI funded project. Examples include:

  • Research hubs
  • Institutes such as Royce
  • Innovation and Knowledge Centres (IKCs)
  • Catapults
  • National Research Facilities (NRFs)

Additional collaborators such as industry partners or specialists also remain eligible and are encouraged. For example, projects could include an additional collaborator that specialises in the integration of advanced materials into design and manufacturing processes.

If you are an early or mid-career researcher, and you would like to discuss a potential new collaboration opportunity with Royce, that meets the funding criteria, please get in touch with the Royce Research Area Lead that aligns with your research.

Abbie Jones
Christopher Race
Modelling and Simulation

Edmund Linfield
Atoms to Devices

Ed Pickering
Advanced Metals Processing

Fabio Scenini
Materials for Demanding Environments)

Gabriella Pizzuto
Chemical Material Design

Ifan Stephens

Jess Boland
(Atoms to Devices)

Jonny Blaker

Katerina Christofidou
Advanced Metals Processing

Manish Chhowalla
Atoms to Devices

Neil Alford
Atoms to Devices

Rahul Nair
Two Dimension Materials

Robert Weatherup
Electrochemical Systems

Thomas McDonald
Chemical Material Design


The duration of this award can be up to 24 months.

Funding available

The FEC of your project can be up to £312,500.

EPSRC will fund 80% FEC of your project.

Opening date: 25 June 2024, 9:00am

Closing date: 12 September 2024, 4:00pm