EPSRC publishes Balancing Capability results

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), after extensive engagement and dialogue with the research community, today published refreshed research area rationales as part of its Balancing Capability strategy.

The Council has reviewed all the research areas that form the building blocks of its portfolio and confirmed the suggested future strategies for these areas over the next five years.

Professor Philip Nelson, EPSRC’s Chief Executive, said; “Balancing Capability is an important tool, together with our other strategies of Accelerating Impact and Building Leadership, to help us to deliver against the goals in our Strategic Plan and the four Prosperity Outcomes (Productive, Connected, Resilient and Healthy Nation) in our Delivery Plan.

“We are committed to funding excellent research across our portfolio, and, similarly, to maintaining the right conditions for supporting the best researchers to explore their ideas. Excellence is always the primary consideration as judged by peer review. Regardless of any designation and suggested trajectory for a research area, we will continue to support the highest quality research wherever it arises.

“We are in constant conversation with the academic community, finding out what is developing and where talent lies. So this exercise is not an isolated process and we remain flexible and responsive to changes and discoveries. We recognise how integral the sciences and engineering are to the country’s success but we also know that resources are limited and we have to assess where we need to focus funds strategically.

“I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have contributed to Balancing Capability from those that have input into our Call for Evidence, with over 1,000 pieces of evidence received, and also thank all our advisory teams and networks that have helped us review this evidence and support our decision making.” 

Balancing Capability grow and reduce areas 

Proposed Grow and Reduce Areas for Current Delivery Plan

Research Area

Previous action category 2011- 2016

Proposed

action category 2016

Biophysics and Soft Matter Physics

Maintain

Grow

Chemical Biology and Biological Chemistry

Maintain

Grow

Continuum Mechanics

Maintain

Grow

Electrical Motors and Drive / Electromagnetics

Grow

Grow

Energy Storage

Grow

Grow

Materials For Energy Applications

Maintain

Grow

Natural Language Processing

Maintain

Grow

Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing

Maintain

Grow

RF & Microwave Devices

Grow

Grow

Robotics

Maintain

Grow

Software Engineering

Grow

Grow

Statistics and Applied Probability

Grow

Grow

Chemical Structure

Maintain

Reduce

Complexity Science

Maintain

Reduce

Displays

Maintain

Reduce

Fuel Cell Technology

Maintain

Reduce

ICT Networks & Distributed Systems

Maintain

Reduce

Medical Imaging (Inc. medical image and vision computing)

Maintain

Reduce

Optoelectronic Devices and Circuits

Maintain

Reduce

Particle Technology

Maintain

Reduce

Superconductivity

Maintain

Reduce