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Still time to register - EPSRC Inclusion Matters Call - Research Conversation

(8 September 2017)

EPSRC has recently launched the Inclusion Matters Call to fund projects aimed at improving equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) within the engineering and physical sciences. This call is the first of its kind by the Research Councils and is being managed as a pilot by EPSRC as part of the Research Councils’ collective approach to EDI during the transition to UK Research and Innovation (UKRI). Professor Claire Warwick and Professor Emma Flynn will be hosting a Research Conversation on Monday, 25 September from 12noon – 2.30pm in the Derman Christopherson Room, Calman Learning Centre to share ideas and discuss a potential proposal. If you would like to attend, please email If you are unable to attend, but would like to be considered as part of an application, please send a brief summary of your interest in the call.

EPSRC would like to see ambitious and inspiring applications that focus on the development and implementation of new approaches aimed at tackling and accelerating culture change, and activities that disseminate and embed best practice across the sector. They are looking to add value by building on current activities with new knowledge and ways of working, to incentivise a culture change across the engineering and physical sciences academic research sector. EPSRC would like to encourage institutions with complementary EDI challenges to consider forming consortia to address common challenges. Institutions will be permitted to lead on one application and may be involved as co-applicants/partners in applications led by other institutions.

Funding - up to £5m is available to support around ten inspiring applications. There is no limit on how large or small requests for funding can be.

Duration - up to 24 months.

Scope -to fit the scope of the call allapplications must focus on one or more of the following:

 - Embedding: To broaden out activities already in progress more widely – across the institution and sector.

Innovating: To try new and/or different approaches (based on available evidence) to those currently used.

Researching: Undertake new research to understand more about specific challenges and issues and what actions might be taken. Learning from others, engaging nationally and internationally. Engaging a broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders.

Collaboration: Looking beyond the local department and institution, and reaching out to work collaboratively and information share with other organisations e.g. other institutions, charities, support agencies, business, schools, NHS etc.

The deadline for outline applications is Tuesday 7 November 2017.

In preparation for the Research Conversation, please find below possible themes to consider to help shape a prospective proposal:

1. Communication
2. Engagement
3. Visibility
4. Behaviours
5. Culture Change
6. Inclusive learning
7. Enabling technologies
8. International support and inclusion

Have something to include?

Please liaise with the designated contact for your department or college. For further guidance, email

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