This invited full proposal stage is only open to applicants who were successful at the outline proposal stage.
At this stage, applicants must provide further information on the research idea proposed at the outline proposal stage. Those assessing your full proposal application will not have access to your outline proposal application.
Applications will follow a non-standard format, as detailed within this opportunity information.
EPSRC will not be returning any invited full proposals for amendment due to errors in submission, after the funding opportunity closes.
Submitting an invited full proposal through Je-S
You should prepare and submit your invited full proposal using the research councils’ Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system.
Applicants should ensure they are aware of and comply with any internal institutional deadlines that may be in place.
When adding a new proposal, you should go to documents, select ‘new document’, then select:
- ‘create new document’
- council: ‘EPSRC’
- document type: ‘standard proposal’
- scheme: ‘standard/outline/ …’
- ‘New Horizons 2021 Invited Full Proposal’ on the project details page.
Guidance for completing the Je-S form
In the ‘related proposals’ section, you must add your corresponding outline proposal grant reference in the format EP/XXXXXXX/1.
In the ‘resources – equipment’ section, equipment costs can be requested within the maximum project award amount of £200,000 (80% value of full economic cost).
We do not require equipment attachments at this stage of the scheme. If prompted, please upload a blank PDF document for equipment business cases and equipment quotes as a workaround.
In the ‘project partners’ section, project partner letters of support are not required at this stage when adding a project partner.
Full costings should be confirmed with your institution’s research office and included in the Je-S form.
Costs under the ‘exceptions’ heading are not allowed. Proposals requesting exceptions costs will be rejected.
Costs can change from the value requested at the outline proposal stage, as long as the total cost remains within the £250,000 full economic cost maximum.
This funding opportunity follows typical EPSRC funding guidelines. This means indexation will be added by EPSRC and so costings should exclude indexation as usual.
The ‘attachments’ section of the Je-S form must include the following two documents.
Case for support (mandatory attachment)
The case for support for this opportunity follows a non-standard format.
You must attach a four-page ‘case for support’ document on the attachments page of the Je-S form.
The full proposal stage case for support must conform to the following:
- three pages describing the proposed research and its intended outcomes. It should cover the context, importance, methodology and all the associated work and activities you propose to carry out that will make this a high-quality research project
- one page describing the applicant team’s ability to deliver the research, including their skills and expertise. The applicant team includes any project partners.
Note that this invited full proposal stage is different from the outline proposal stage in that the invited full proposal stage is not anonymous with respect to applicant and institution.
The project must be within either the EPSRC engineering or ICT theme’s remit or across these two remits. By this we mean that the majority of the research project should fit within one or more of the EPSRC engineering and ICT theme research areas, which are listed in the ‘Scope’ section.
Justification for resources (mandatory attachment)
The justification for resources for this opportunity follows a non-standard format.
You must attach a one-page ‘justification for resources’ to the Je-S form.
Each heading in the ‘resources’ section on the Je-S form should appear in the justification for resources, with a brief explanation in line with our guidance on how to write a justification for resources. Note however that in this specific funding opportunity the justification for resources must be one page maximum.
Formatting and attachment guidance
You should attach your four-page case for support and one-page justification for resources documents as PDFs to avoid errors. They must be completed in single-spaced Arial 11 font or a similar-sized sans serif typeface, with margins of at least 2cm. Arial Narrow and Calibri are not allowable font types.
Text in embedded diagrams or pictures, numerical formulae or references can be smaller, as long as it is legible. Text in tables and figure labels not within embedded diagrams or pictures must be at least 11 point.
EPSRC will reject all proposals which do not conform to these formatting rules, with no exceptions made. Please be aware that converting to PDF can alter the formatting and result in layout changes: for example, converting from LaTeX to PDF can add small serifs or alter font size. You should ensure documents converted to PDF still meet the formatting guidelines outlined prior to submission.
EPSRC will not be returning any invited full proposals for amendment due to errors in submission, such as wrong attachment types. EPSRC will reject these invited full proposals, with no exceptions made.
EPSRC will not fund a project if it believes that there are ethical concerns that have been overlooked or not appropriately accounted for.
All relevant parts of the ‘ethical information’ section on the Je-S form must be completed. See what information is needed in the guidance on completing ethical information on the Je-S form.
EPSRC guidance can be found in ‘related content’.
After completing the form
After completing your application, you must ‘submit document’, which will send your application to your host organisation’s administration.
Your host organisation’s administration is required to complete the submission process. You should allow sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process between submitting your proposal to them and the funding opportunity closing date.
EPSRC must receive your application by 16:00 on 10 May 2022.
EPSRC will not be returning any invited full proposals for amendment after the funding opportunity closes, due to errors in submission.