We are seeking high-quality projects that demonstrate research and development of innovative technologies for accurate, scalable and low-cost diagnosis, monitoring or management tools in asthma.
There may be opportunities for projects to address 1 or more of these areas and we strongly encourage applicants to consider solutions which can achieve this.
We encourage research collaborations with clinical, business or public sector partners to help support research advances and the take-up of results.
Applicants are asked to consider how to involve people with asthma and other key stakeholders in the development, to ensure that the technology is acceptable to people with asthma, their families, healthcare professionals and providers.
Projects are expected to remain within EPSRC remit and should be able to demonstrate technical and clinical feasibility by the end of the grant.
This grant is in partnership with Asthma UK and British Lung Foundation (AUK-BLF), who will be co-funding proposals. It is expected that researchers provide annual progress reports against non-financial performance metrics to AUK-BLF.
Generating impact in health is often longer and more complex than that seen in other sectors. Given this, there is a need for researchers working in this area to consider carefully how they will undertake their work in a manner that maximises the opportunity for impact to arise from it.
A number of topics of particular importance are highlighted as part of the Impact and Translation Toolkit.
Applicants must consider how these topics relate to their proposed programme of work and, if they are relevant, describe in their proposal how they will be addressed throughout the award. Not all topics will relate to every project and researchers need not address those which do not.
There is no expectation that researchers will undertake all impact activities themselves, nor is there an expectation that researchers will develop extensive expertise in all the areas noted in the toolkit. However, applicants should consider what skills, knowledge and expertise are required and how these will be brought to the project through collaboration, training, consultation, discipline hops or other means. We strongly encourage applicants to request resources to support these elements of the proposal.
Successful proposals will be funded at 80% full economic cost.
The applicant can request funding for anything that is eligible as detailed in the EPSRC funding guide with the exception of equipment over £10,000 in value (including VAT), which is not available through this funding opportunity. Smaller items of equipment (individually under £10,000) should be in the ‘Directly Incurred – Other Costs’ heading.
Read more information on equipment funding.
EPSRC will pay the research costs associated with the NHS component of a proposal. However, NHS support and NHS treatment costs will not be covered. Further information can be found in EPSRC funding guide resources.