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Durham University

Research and Innovation Services

Events and Training

Thursday 24th October

EPSRC Big Ideas Workshop, 24th October 2019, 09:30 - 14:00, Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College

EPSRC has introduced the ‘Big Ideas’ initiative to collect adventurous and exciting ideas from the wider research community. Big Ideas must be ambitious and have the ability to transform the research landscape – they need to have a ‘WOW factor’! Not necessarily driven by scale, they are looking for a level of ambition and transformational potential embedded within the idea. Big Ideas are those that are hard to achieve, require significant support (financial, people, skills) to make them possible and have ground-breaking impacts (in all forms). Big Ideas also attract public, industry and government enthusiasm and excitement, either by the nature of the science itself or by the potential socio-economic changes it could offer in the future.

EPSRC is aiming to have a pipeline of ideas at various stages of development, so that when opportunities arise there are potential research concepts developed and ready. The Big Ideas process is not in itself a call for proposals because there is no dedicated funding aligned to this activity, however, by developing Big Ideas other opportunities could be explored, as well as the potential to be part of a pipeline of ideas.

EPSRC welcomes submissions across all areas of their portfolio. Big Ideas will be appraised under three lenses that will contribute to the Industrial Strategy, multidisciplinary research and/or fundamental science innovations. The ideas received will be batched regularly throughout the year, approximately every 8-10 weeks and will be reviewed by the external Big Ideas Advisory Panel. Further details can be found on the EPSRC website, located here.

To help facilitate ideas for this initiative, the Research Development Team will be hosting a workshop on Thursday 24th October from 09:30 – 14:00 (lunch included). This will be held in the Lindisfarne Centre, St Aidan's College. To reserve a place on the workshop, please email