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. 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.
Pre-call announcement for call Two in 2021
UKRI will be making available up to £15 million for novel interdisciplinary research projects at the interface of physics and the life sciences. This call will fund high-quality proposals that 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.
This is the second of two calls from the Physics of Life Strategic Priority Fund. Applicants may wish to familiarise themselves with the previous call, as remit and scope will remain the same (however, please note that the application and assessment process will differ):
The call will be open to any eligible institutions, as well as Public Sector Research Establishments and all members of the physics, life science and medical research communities. Investigator teams will be formed from different disciplines to ensure that expertise across EPSRC plus BBSRC and/or MRC remit are brought together to transform our understanding of biology using physics. Details on the open call will be published on the UKRI Funding Finder website and disseminated further via the Councils' mailing lists in January 2021. Following prioritisation of outlines (expected deadline March 2021) the highest ranked applicants will be invited to prepare and submit full proposals (expected deadline June 2021), to be assessed via postal peer review and prioritisation panel. Successful projects will commence 1 April 2022. Contact: Luke Boldock, Luke.Boldock@epsrc.ukri.org Sarah Newman, Sarah.Newman@epsrc.ukri.org