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EPSRC announces £8 million capital awards to support early career researchers

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

A new £8 million capital investment in research equipment is announced today by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).

The series of capital awards will go to 36 institutions across the UK to support Early Career Researchers undertaking new research and enhance their career development prospects.

The total value of the investment is over £8 million and forms part of EPSRC's World Class Labs investment.

The institutions have shown a range of creative approaches to investing these funds, from specific equipment for multiple users, to internal competitions for funding for equipment, to targeted investment in support of specific groups or individuals based on an internal selection process.

Professor Lynn Gladden EPSRC's Executive Chair, said "World class researchers deserve world class laboratories and this investment is one that will benefit the career of many Early Career Researchers across the country. Having the right tools for their research will give them the opportunities they need to make new advances in their fields and keep our universities working at the leading edge of science and engineering."

List of the Higher Education Institutes awarded grants:

University of Bath
University of Birmingham
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
Cardiff University
University of Dundee
Durham University
University of East Anglia
University of Edinburgh
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
Heriot-Watt University
Imperial College London
University of Kent
Kings College London
Lancaster University
University of Leeds
University of Liverpool
Loughborough University
The University of Manchester
Newcastle University
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
Queen's University Belfast
Queen Mary University of London
University of Reading
University of Sheffield
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Strathclyde
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
Swansea University
University of York
University of Warwick


For further information please contact the EPSRC Press Office on 01793 444 404 or email

Notes to editors:

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit

EPSRC is the main funding body for engineering and physical sciences research in the UK. By investing in research and postgraduate training, we are building the knowledge and skills base needed to address the scientific and technological challenges facing the nation.

Our portfolio covers a vast range of fields from healthcare technologies to structural engineering, manufacturing to mathematics, advanced materials to chemistry. The research we fund has impact across all sectors. It provides a platform for future UK prosperity by contributing to a healthy, connected, resilient, productive nation.

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