EPSRC's Delivery Plan is centred on four prosperity outcomes that represent what we expect our investments to deliver on behalf of the UK:

  • A Productive Nation
  • A Healthy Nation
  • A Resilient Nation
  • A Connected Nation


Engineers have an important role to play in delivering prosperity for the UK. EPSRC would like to stimulate the Engineering community to respond to this challenge through Bright IDEAS awards that aim to address these outcomes.

This initiative will look to support a portfolio of exceptional and potentially transformative engineering research projects that have the potential to contribute to each of the prosperity outcomes. This could be a pioneering first step to the broader outcome or a contribution to one or more of the ambitions within each outcome. A high degree of risk in these applications is expected and welcomed to encourage speculative ideas or new ways of thinking.

  • Up to £6 million from the Engineering Theme will be available for this Call, subject to research quality.
  • Bright IDEAS Awards are intended to support genuinely novel and potentially transformative research activities.
  • Proposals will be assessed over a two-stage process: Outline proposals assessed anonymously, followed by a Big Pitch.
  • Applicants can apply for up to £250K (80% value of the full costing) in total

Applications submitted to this Call should be up to 24 months in duration.


Key Dates:

Deadline for Intent to Submit 16:00 on 08 August 2017
Deadline for Outline Proposals 16:00 on 31 August 2017
Shortlisting Panel Decisions by 04 October 2017
Pitch Dates Week commencing 16 October 2017
Funding Decision 23 October 2017