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1 Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Mathematical Sciences Programme HoDoMS 30 th March 2004

2 lKey developments lCurrent priorities lPlanning for the future

3 Key developments lIncreases to research grant budget

4 Research Grant Commitment

5 How have these increases been used? lIncreases to responsive mode budget

6 How have these increases been used? lFlagship managed activities  Environmental Mathematics and Statistics (with NERC)  Quantitative Finance  Novel Computation  Centres of Multidisciplinary Critical Mass in Mathematics

7 Centres of Multidisciplinary Critical Mass lAim: to create critical masses of interdisciplinary research collaborations that can make significant international impact lMajor projects lEngages with activities in other disciplines lCurrent centres at  Bristol: Applied non-linear mathematics  Warwick: Mathematical architecture of biological regulation  Bath:Complex systems

8 Key developments lIncreases to research grant budget lDoctoral training accounts

9 Introduction of DTA lBenefits:  Stability of doctoral training income  Earlier decision  Flexibility of resource lAllocations based on  85% of previous DTA from Mathematical Sciences Programme PLUS  Allocation of top sliced funds by peer review PLUS  Additional funds from other programmes via algorithm

10 Collaborative Training Accounts lBrings all masters and collaborative doctoral training under one umbrella lAssessment of business plans of pilot group completed lFirst tranche to submit business plans in early 2004, decisions in April 2004

11 Collaborative Training Accounts lAnalyse strengths  Why?  What is our track record?  Do we have the capability? lBuild on successful courses that deliver  New not inherently better, but  Opportunity to develop / close courses that aren’t thriving lBe alert to national needs lEveryone has a role to play- EPSRC, HEIs, business

12 Key developments lIncreases to research grant budget lIntroduction of doctoral training accounts lStrategic Advisory Team

13 Mathematics Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) lRole:  Formalise and strengthen engagement with research community;  Provide ideas and input for developing the Mathematical Sciences Programme;  Identify and develop scientific opportunities;  Work in partnership with EPSRC to promote E and PS. lAchievements:  Research Priorities and Opportunities science vision for EPSRC  SR2004 bids  Programme Business Plans

14 Mathematical Sciences Strategic Advisory Team (SAT) lMembers:  John O’Reilly  Martin Bridson (Imperial)  Gareth Roberts (Lancaster)  Helen Byrne (Nottingham)  David Calderbank (Edinburgh)  Roger Forder (DSTL)  John Greenlees (Sheffield)  Valerie Isham (UCL)  Cliff Cocks (GCHQ)  Nigel Weatherill (Swansea)  Andy Wright (BAe Systems)  Hilary Ockendon (Oxford)

15  Support world class research  Develop talented scientists and engineers  Support the knowledge economy  Public engagement  Effective and efficient operations Current priorities

16 Fundamental science foundation Mathematical foundation Computational foundation Engineering research foundation Quantum realm Nano world Miniature machines Human-centred systems Working for wealth Engineering and science for sustainability Current priorities

17 Hot off the press… lContract researchers will be able to be Co-investigators on EPSRC research grants (after April 04) lCan apply for 4 year project studentship on research grants- need to justify need for 4 th year lFor new proposals- Roberts funding for PDRA salaries above pt 6 for areas of recruitment/retention difficulties- need to justify lChanges to DTA terms and conditions to enable MRes for October 2004

18 10 Year Framework for Science l“a valuable opportunity to address any weaknesses in the science and engineering base and to ensure the optimum distribution between different disciplines” lviews to be submitted by 30 April 2004. www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

19 Programme Aims Strong “core” reaching out - To other disciplines; - To users, e.g. in business, industry; - To the public and opinion formers

20 Issues lContinue to improving connections lDemographics lUptake of flexibility in research grants and DTAs

21 Flexibility lVariety lVersatility lFamiliarity lHealth

22 Issues lStill need to continue to improve connections with users and other disciplines lDemographics of some subdisciplines lEncouraging the uptake of flexibility in research grants and DTAs lPublic engagement

23 Public Engagement Workshop l21 st -22 nd June  Inspire enthusiastic researchers  Build cohort of researchers with PE interests  Identify suitable topics lResources in 04-05 for public engagement lAlso PE programme activities, PCTF, PPA awards, senior media fellowships, researchers in residence…..

24 Issues lStill need to continue to improve connections with users and other disciplines lDemographics of some subdisciplines lEncouraging the uptake of flexibility in research grants and DTAs lMore attention to public engagement lDaring/risky/mould breaking research

25 Springboard Fellowships Exploratory look at high impact novel problems- lShort term (up to 12 months) lOpen to all l£500k in 04-05- pilot lCall May 04 lEarly sift to remove proposals not meeting criteria of call lThere will be “honourable failures” a springboard to take the fellow’s career in a new direction

26 Issues lStill need to continue to improve connections with users and other disciplines lDemographics of some subdisciplines lEncouraging the uptake of flexibility in research grants and DTAs lMore attention to public engagement lDaring/risky/mould breaking research lInternational Reviews of Maths and OR

27 International Review of Mathematics Terms of Reference To assess the standing and potential of mathematics research in UK universities and comparable institutions, in comparison with international work in the field. The Review should look at the width and quality of all aspects of research in mathematics and its applications, encompassing all of pure and applied mathematics, and statistics.

28 International Review of Mathematics Steering Group Martin Taylor (Chair) Nigel Hitchin, London Mathematical Society Tim Pedley, Institute of Mathematics and its Applications Bernard Silverman, Royal Statistical Society John O’Reilly, Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Observers: Annette Bramley (EPSRC) Peter Cooper (Council for the Mathematical Sciences, LMS Secretariat) Scientific Secretary: Stephen Huggett (University of Plymouth)

29 The International Panel Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, IHES, France (Chairman) Michel Broué, Institut Henri Poincaré, France Stephen Davis, Northwestern University, USA Don Dawson, Carleton University, Canada Robbert Dijkgraaf, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands Ron Graham, University of California, USA John Guckenheimer, Cornell University, USA Peter Hall, Australian National University Susan Murphy, University of Michigan, USA Hans Othmer, University of Minnesota, USA Peter Sarnak, Princeton, USA Margaret Wright, New York University, USA Niels Keiding, University of Copenhagen, Denmark.

30 The Review Process lBackground data on funding, people and institutions l‘Landscape’ documents on various areas of mathematics and statistics lPanel visit from Monday 1 December to Saturday 6 December 2003 lRegional meetings with panel members at eight venues across the UK: Bristol, Cambridge, Durham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester, Oxford, Warwick lBriefings during the week on the wider aspects of UK mathematics and statistics research

31 Findings and Recommendations (1) 1. The central role of the mathematical sciences in advanced modern societies and the need for mathematical research and mathematicians for industry and in academia. 2. The UK is a world leader in a number of areas of pure maths, applied maths and statistics; excellent in others. 3. Mathematical research is people intensive. Concerns:  The length of the Ph.D.  Recruitment and retention  Age distribution of some disciplines is unbalanced  Concentration of advanced training in a small number of highly competitive universities. 4. Need to advance the core of mathematics, while developing linkages within mathematics, between mathematics and other disciplines, and between mathematics and industry.

32 Findings and Recommendations (2) 5. Strengths:  The UK’s rich tradition and talented people,  Strong linkages to applications  Excellent international connections. 6. Concerns:  The leadership for the future in statistics and some other areas  Reliance on a small number of key individuals  The interface with computer science  Research career paths 7. Impediments:  Workload of the RAE and quality assurance audits  Unintended consequences of the RAE on risky research, diversity and the cohesiveness of the research community

33 Following the Review lPublication: end of March lSessions at:  HoDoMS  BMC  BAMC lCommunity Meeting: 4 May at University College London lDiscussion and development of actions and plans by funding bodies, mathematical societies and the maths community lComments and input to irm@lms.ac.ukirm@lms.ac.uk www.cms.ac.uk/irm

34 Taking it forward Business Plan University, College and Regional Meetings Business Plan Development Programme Manager EPSRC sector work International Review and Review of OR Government Organisations Learned Societies Professional Organisations Theme days Portfolio analysis SAT Strategic Advisory Team Special Workshops

35 Looking forward lBudget depends on:  Spending Review – Government  RCUK  TOP/UP/Council lEPSRC needs:  your ideas on opportunities in research and training in the Mathematical Sciences  Your “good news” stories

36 What can we achieve together? lEffective two-way dialogue lVibrant, dynamic programme; lSupport world class research in the mathematical sciences. Together we can achieve more!


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