Call for Fundamental Research and Feasibility Studies

Winning Bids- 2020

5 bids each for £25k have been selected. No £5k bids were funded.

We are pleased to announce that we received very high quality applications. However, we regret to say that had only limited funds and that all applications were reviewed strictly as per the process indicated and ranked on the basis of merit. 

Call open: 4 March 2020
Deadline: 20 May 2020, 5 pm

The EPSRC NetworkPlus in Digitalised Surface Manufacturing will fund up to nine Fundamental Research and Feasibility Studies.

  • Studies may range in duration from 3 to 9 months.
  • Of the potential nine studies to be funded, we propose to fund 4 studies up to £25k each and the remaining studies up to £5k each; each study will be funded at 80% fEC as per EPSRC guidelines and must be completed before the end of 2021.
  • Funding through this call is not available for the purchase of equipment(s) or PhD studentships as set out within the EPSRC funding rules of the Network.


The aim of the feasibility studies is to enable cross-disciplinary research in digitalisation and surface manufacturing. Thus, to be eligible for funding a proposal must demonstrate the potential to significantly improve the technology level of a coating or coating process in relation to digitalisation. Proposals must focus on or address challenges at low Technology Readiness Levels (TRLs 1-3), again in line with EPSRC funding, although building a demonstrative prototype of such technology is also appropriate.


It is expected that Fundamental Research and Feasibility Studies will result in Responsive Mode proposals, and evidence of such activity is expected/ encouraged.

Proposals should demonstrate the potential to have significant wider impact in the digital / surface manufacturing sectors.

Priority will be given to those bids that leverage additional funds for the benefit of the Network and/or are led by ECRs.


The expectation is that up to nine projects will be funded at the first call and a second call for Fundamental Research and Feasibility Studies will be made in early 2022. We also encourage applicants to discuss specific requirements with the Network team.

If you encounter any issues on downloading docx (Microsoft Word) version of the application forms, please contact [email protected]

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