Call for Fundamental Research and Feasibility Studies

Winning bids- 2021


Resilient bio-safe surface technologies

Call open: 10 February 2021
Deadline: 10 March 2021, 5 pm

The EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing is keen to promote digital technologies to innovate cost-effective scalable manufacturing of bio-safe surfaces. Reliable bio-safe surface engineering technologies require multi-disciplinary research efforts to address the growing need in this area. DSM Network wants to act as a catalyst to promote stronger collaborations between manufacturing and biological sciences while taking advantage of the modern digital technologies and tools.

DSM Network is keen to fund up to two feasibility studies elucidating novel understanding of the importance of surfaces from a fundamental modelling perspective to demonstrate how frequently touched surfaces can make a difference to the mode of microbial transmission. We are equally interested to understand what makes a particular surface protective against a particular type of pathogen and not others.

We aim to fund two Fundamental Research and Feasibility Studies in this round.

  • Projects should not exceed a duration of 6 months with deliverables reported every 2 months.
  • Each project is capped at a value of £20k in total based on a typical IAA cost model (no overheads or estates costs allowed).
  • This funding cannot be used for the purchase of equipment or to support PhD studentships (top-up) in line with extant EPSRC funding rules.

    Proposals demonstrating stronger bio-contributions to enhance resilience of engineered surfaces will particularly suit this call. Adoption of digital tools to achieve scalability in the manufacturing of engineered bio-safe surfaces would be desirable.

    Proposals are expected to address challenges at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs 1-3). Proposals should demonstrate the potential to have significant wider impact in the digital/surface manufacturing sectors.

    The Network has a strong commitment to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI). Priority will be given to those bids that leverage additional funds for the benefit of the Network and/or are led by ECRs and/or are led by under-represented groups in engineering.

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