The first of two calls from the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Physics of Life Strategic Priority Fund was made in December 2018 for April 2019 start dates (See: https://epsrc.ukri.org/files/funding/calls/2018/collaborationphysicsoflife/). The call seeked to support internationally leading research which required collaborative, interdisciplinary working to address key challenges at the interface of physics and the life sciences. The call of £15 m funded 7 high-quality, interdisciplinary research projects each 3 years in duration. Funded research projects were relevant to human, animal, plant or microbial systems and work within and across length scales, from molecules to complex organisms. These projects demonstrate deep integration of cutting edge experimental, theoretical and/or computational physics with life sciences research to advance our understanding of living systems in biological or biomedical contexts. The funded projects were announced in April 2019, see here:
The Physics of Life Strategic Priority Fund programme is a unique opportunity for researchers who are working, or looking to work, in a truly integrated manner at the interface of physics and the life sciences, under a mechanism designed to better facilitate interdisciplinary research in the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) landscape. A second funding call of similar scale will be announced in 2021, for April 2022 grant start dates (see below). The role of Physics of Life Network 3 is to facilitate new ideas and support new ways of working in preparation for this call.
2021 outline stage OPEN
Apply for support for cross-disciplinary research between physics and the life sciences. The research must improve our understanding of biological systems, biomedical systems or both. You must be a researcher from one of the following:
UK higher education institution
research council institute
UKRI-approved independent research organisation
NHS body with research capacity
public sector research establishment (PSRE) with 10 or more researchers with PhDs.
You can request between £1.5 million and £2.95 million funding. The funders will fund:
equipment at 100% of full economic cost
all other costs at 80% of full economic cost.
Your project can last up to three years. For more detail follow the funding link below: