Biophysics combines approaches from physics with biological questions and hypotheses. Soft matter physics investigates soft condensed matter systems.
Biophysics brings quantitative, experimental and theoretical approaches from physics with biological questions and hypotheses, to study problems at and across a range of biological length scales and to understand biological systems. This includes development and use of, for example, new approaches to spectroscopy, microscopy, imaging, scattering and cell manipulation.
Soft matter physics sits at the interface between chemistry, physics and biology, and includes investigation of the structure, self-assembly, kinetics and properties of liquids, colloids, particles, formulations, gels, foams, sprays, soft solids and interfaces.
We will help to build a more cohesive interdisciplinary UK Biophysics research area which will deliver collaborative, problem-focused experimental and theoretical research at the interface with biology and medicine.
Significant critical-mass investment will build on this national community. Close working between EPSRC and other funding agencies will facilitate interdisciplinary research and translation to use – for example through Technology Touching Life and the Physics of Life Strategic Priority Fund. Soft Matter Physics research should focus on both fundamental developments and pull-through to formulation and manufacturing.
We aim to:
- invest in support for researchers at the start of their careers and beyond, to build their profiles and track records within this cross-disciplinary, collaborative area
- build on and add value to the current strong portfolio of interdisciplinary training in biophysics and soft matter physics.
We will facilitate researchers to link their fundamental research to applications by engaging with both users and researchers in more applied fields (such as biology, medicine, polymer science, materials science and chemical engineering) to build mutually beneficial relationships.
Research is expected to contribute to a wide range of areas and sectors – including formulated products, pharmaceuticals, food, photonic systems, energy, understanding disease, diagnostics, analytical techniques, and new materials and devices.
Overlaps between the two communities covered by this research area should be maximised to create synergies, however, we also encourage research focusing solely on biological or soft matter challenges.