EPSRC – Manufacturing Advanced Functional Materials

By Mar.10, 2014

Funding opportunity


Manufacturing Advanced Functional Materials




15th April 2014 (for Expressions of Interest)


Up to £2.5 million


EPSRC are inviting research proposals from consortia across the Engineering and Physical Sciences communities to address the manufacturing research challenges in developing applications, production technologies and future processes that incorporate advanced functional materials.

EPSRC are expecting to commit up to £10 Million on large, long term (up to five years), multidisciplinary programmes that capitalise on the UK’s growing research capability in functional materials and identify the most promising pathways for scale-up to applications and devices of these innovative materials. This call aims to support research programmes that enhance the manufacturing aspects of advanced functional materials and accelerate the science through to application.

Proposals should NOT focus on

  • Research into structural/ bulk materials;
  • Established functional materials or concepts that are already being developed and progressed towards manufacturing (i.e. there is already a healthy activity on developing devices and products using functional materials such as graphene, silicon fibre, etc.);
  • Material science (i.e. synthesis, characterisation and fundamental study of new functional materials) 

A two-stage process will be used to allocate the funding. This first stage of the call seeks expressions of interest to submit a full proposal. The submitted expressions of interests will be assessed at a short-listing panel in May 2014 and those that align appropriately with the scope for this call will be invited for the full proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals will be in July 2014 and these will be peer reviewed during the summer. Funding decisions are expected to be made in Autumn 2014.


Up to 5 years


Applications are expected to be multi-disciplinary. Multi-institutional bids are allowed.