EPSRC invites research proposals multidisciplinary projects

EPSRC invites research proposals for multidisciplinary projects

11:18 PM, 7th February 2012
EPSRC invites research proposals for multidisciplinary projects

SWINDON, UK: EPSRC are expecting to commit up to £10M on long term multidisciplinary projects. It is inviting research proposals from multi-site consortia across the Engineering, Physical Sciences and Biological Sciences communities to address the challenges in developing sustainable chemical feedstocks for future manufacturing processes. A two-stage process will be used to allocate the funding. The submitted expressions of interests will be assessed at a short-listing panel in April 2012 and those that align appropriately with the scope for this call will be invited for the full proposal stage. The deadline for full proposals will be in July 2012 and these will be peer reviewed during the summer.

With increasing global demand for fossil-based resources, coupled with diminishing reserves, geopolitical uncertainty and the threat of climate change are making the current petrochemical industry unsustainable. Although a transition has already begun to replace the use of petrochemical feedstocks with a more diverse range of biological-based alternatives, further advances are necessary to provide economically viable alternative resources and to consider the pathway to manufacture of these resources.

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