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Programme funding

EUR 33,8 million
To support high value (1.6M EUR plus) high impact projects and establish new teams for developing and sharing new skills and knowledge that will provide the seedcorn for future innovation in science and industry.


The UK Research Councils' Basic Technology Research (BTR) Programme is a joint Research Council initiative, managed by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) on behalf of all Councils. The Programme will be delivered through a number of high profile, high value calls for proposals aimed to:
Make leaps in technology that are not feasible through existing funding models for applied science;
Develop new techniques, tools, instruments, systems, processes and approaches to aid observation, measurement, optimisation and control;
Devise new methods for the fabrication, embodiment, integration and implementation of technologies.


The programme will not support the application of an existing technology to a new area but it may take an existing technology to the next significant level eg to move to new length scales. It is therefore intended that projects supported would have a potentially wide breadth of future application. By their nature some of the projects will be high risk as new approaches and ideas will be tested. Flagship areas for investment, eg Sensors, Imaging, Nanotechnology and Smart Materials Technologies will be announced in each call for proposals.


Initially funds of 62 M EUR have been allocated to the programme for commitment over a two year period. Thereafter an annual expenditure of around 37 M EUR is forseen.
- UK Universities and Colleges;
- Academic Analogues approved by the Research Councils;
- BBSRC - Sponsored Institutes (including Horticulture Research International);
- The Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC);
- MRC Research Establishments;
- NERC Research Centres;
- Government Research Establishments;
- Hospitals, General Practices;
- UK Charities;
- Scottish Agricultural and Biological Research Institutes (SABRIs);
- Not-for-profit research institutions.

Evaluation criteria:
- Contribution to the vision for basic technology;
- Quality of the research;
- Excitement of the research challenge to be addressed;
- The contribution to building UK capacity and capabilities in technology;
- The potential impact on the scientific community;
- The breadth of the application of the technology across science; - Evidence of disciplines working together at a generic technology boundary;
- The ability of the team to deliver the proposed research;
- The quality and feasibility of the research methodology;
- The connectivity of the research team;
- An indication of possible routes for implemenation of the technology


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