Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
EPSRC Logo master-lowres.jpg
AbbreviationEPSRC
Formation1994
TypeNon-Departmental Government Body
Purpose/focusFunding of science and engineering research
HeadquartersPolaris House,
North Star Avenue,
Swindon,
SN2 1ET
Region servedUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Chief ExecutiveProf. David Delpy
Main organEPSRC Council
Parent organization
AffiliationsRCUK, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, TSB, UKSA
Budget£815 million (2008-2009) [1]
WebsiteOfficial Website
 
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
EPSRC Logo master-lowres.jpg
AbbreviationEPSRC
Formation1994
TypeNon-Departmental Government Body
Purpose/focusFunding of science and engineering research
HeadquartersPolaris House,
North Star Avenue,
Swindon,
SN2 1ET
Region servedUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Chief ExecutiveProf. David Delpy
Main organEPSRC Council
Parent organization
AffiliationsRCUK, AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, NERC, STFC, TSB, UKSA
Budget£815 million (2008-2009) [1]
WebsiteOfficial Website


The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is a British Research Council that provides government funding for grants to undertake research and postgraduate degrees in engineering and the physical sciences (including mathematics, artificial intelligence and computer science), mainly to universities in the United Kingdom. The head office is in Swindon, Wiltshire in the same building (Polaris House) that houses the AHRC, BBSRC, ESRC, MRC, Natural Environment Research Council, Science and Technology Facilities Council, TSB, Research Councils UK and the UK Space Agency.

History[edit]

EPSRC was created in 1994. It was formerly a part of the Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC).

Structure[edit]

Paul Golby, Chair of EngineeringUK, was appointed as the Chairman of the EPSRC from 1 April 2012 for four years. He succeeded Sir John Armitt.

As of May 2012 the chief executive and deputy chair of EPSRC is David Delpy FRS, a medical physicist and formerly vice provost at University College London.[2]

Functions[edit]

In addition to funding academic research projects, the EPSRC also funds Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). These deliver four-year doctoral training programmes to cohorts of PhD students and EngD research engineers studying within UK universities, and are funded to target specific areas of research for which there is recognised need. In 2008, the EPSRC announced funding for 44 new CDTs spanning its entire remit.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Budget and finances, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, retrieved 2013-04-26 
  2. ^ New Chief Executive for the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, 30 May 2007, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/news-articles/0705/07053002
  3. ^ New Centres for Doctoral Training - December 2008, from EPSRC's site

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