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3 Research Councils EPSRC Office of Science and Technology BBSRCESRCMRCNERCPPARCCCLRC DTI

4 Research Councils, UK Chaired by Dr John Taylor as DGRC Membership: CEOs of Research Councils Strategy Group Research Councils Science Strategy for UK Facilities Road Map Cross-council programmes/actions Small secretariat hosted by EPSRC Common interfaces where appropriate

5 UK Government funded R&D, Source: SET Statistics 2000 Total £6,274m Civil Departments £1,372.8m Funding Councils £1,085m Defence £2,096m Contribution to EU R&D £387m Total Science Budget £1,334m EPSRC

6 Research Grants 76.7% Training 17.5% Operations 3.6% £498 million Planned expenditure 2002/3 Fellowships 1.7% Public Awareness 0.4%

7 To generate relevant new knowledge and expertise within its broad area of responsibility and to ensure that there is a healthy outflow into the community at large EPSRC Task OsgoodIT/ICSTMNov00.ppt

8 National research cycle Providers (mainly universities) Government EPSRCUsers (mainly industry) £ for research & training Opinions & £ Knowledge & people Policy & £ Information & influence World Knowledge & people



11 Strategic Framework Programmes: Disciplines etc. Sectors: sector briefs Society Socio-economic Research excellence Multidisciplinary opportunities Training needs Infrastructure investment Knowledge & Skills transfer MISSION OBJECTIVES

12 BUSINESS PLANNING PROCESS Business Plan Development 5 Programme Manager Team TOP & UP Council Foresight Evaluation Government Organisations Learned Societies Professional Organisations College and Regional Meetings Users Feedback on Landscapes from individuals Business Plan Advice SATs Strategic Advisory Teams


14 E-SCIENCE E-science is about global collaboration in key areas of science, and the next generation of infrastructure that will enable it John Taylor, DGRC Osgood/Systems Integration.ppt

15 The Grid Dependable, consistent, pervasive access to [high-end] resources Dependable: Can provide performance and functionality guarantees Consistent: Uniform interfaces to a wide variety of resources Pervasive: Ability to plug in from anywhere Osgood/Systems Integration.ppt

16 Cambridge Newcastle Edinburgh Oxford Glasgow Manchester Cardiff Soton London Belfast DL RL Hinxton Centre locations Several centres have additional functions, e.g. Cambridge = NIEeS

17 UK Grid Support Centre Part of the UK e-Science Core Programme Led by CLRC e-Science Centre Team of 6 posts based at CLRC and Edinburgh and Manchester Universities (but actually provides access to the expertise of some people) Helps all e-Science projects to install and apply Grid software quickly, easily and productively

18 EPSRC e-Science Application Projects Distributed Diagnostics: Engineering/Medical (DAME) Bioinformatics Grid Environments: Functional Genomics (MyGrid) Structure-Property Mapping: Combinatorial Chemistry (Comb-e-Chem) Interactive Visualization: Condensed Matter and Materials (RealityGrid) Design Search and Optimisation: Engineering (GEODISE) High Throughput Informatics: Computer Science (DiscoveryNet)

19 E-Science Long Term research agenda Semantic Grid Trusted ubiquitous systems Rapid customised assembly of services Autonomic computing systems Exploiting a future infrastructure How best to support new forms of community How to understand the socio-economic impact Need for an e-Science experimental platform An archival repository

20 UK Research Councils Basic Technology Research Programme The Challenge to innovate to build capacity through establishing new teams and developing and sharing new skills and knowledge to make leaps in technology unfeasible through existing funding models for applied science to develop new instruments, systems, processes and approaches to aid observation, measurement, optimisation and control to devise new methods for the fabrication, embodiment, integration and implementation of technologies

21 Ø The development of terahertz technology for physical, biological and medical imaging and spectroscopy. Ø Next generation artificial vision systems: Reverse engineering the human visual system. Ø Nano emitter electrospray technology for the manipulation of nano particles and molecules. Atom Chips; integrated circuits for nanoscale quantum manipulation of cold atoms. UK Research Councils Basic Technology Research Programme Initial Projects from the first Call:

22 Funding Outcomes 2001/02: Responsive mode Electronics Photonics 5.74 Software Technologies People, Systems and Interactivity 6.24 Total 34.26

23 Funding Outcomes 2001/02: Initiatives Mathfit 0.95 Distributed Inf Management (DIM) 1.12 Carbon Based Electronics 3.30 Healthcare Informatics 1.37 Optical Systems Integration 2.04 IRC Contributions 2.15 Systems Integration 1.53 LINK 3.70 Faradays 0.89 Others 0.14 Total 17.19


25 £M 1999/2000- £258M 2000/01- £323M 2001/02- £361M Mathematics Physics ITCS Life Sciences Interface Core e- Science Basic technology Inc. EPSRC E-Science via ITCS Grant Commitment by Programme Engineering for Infrastructure Innovative Manufacturing General Engineering MaterialsChemistry NEW

26 EPSRC RESEARCH GRANT PROPOSAL OUTCOMES BY PROGRAMME Percentage Funded by Value A shadow on the horizon? Appropriate action? Success Rates, 2001 Infrastructure And Environment Innovative Manufacturing General Engineering IT & Computer Science Materials Chemistry Mathematics Physics Life Science Interface

27 LSI Success rate

28 Proposals received and funded Year ITCS Received 837 £132M 771 £120M 937 £155M ITCS Funded 343 £47M 339 £43M 338 £47M EPSRC Rec. 4,744 £775M 5,030 £804M 5,218 £940M EPSRC Fund. 1,960 £294M 2,241 £310M 1,914 £302M

29 Doctoral Studentships supported Year ITCS Quotas/Eng D ITCS Project St EPSRC Quotas/EngD 5,077 5,187 5,383 EPSRC Project St. 1,088 1,039 1,061

30 Members of EPSRC College





35 A Comparison of Computer Science Funding and Total University Funding Institution Grants ( ICT) Department (£M) University (£M) Nottingham (IRC 10.7) 61.8 Sheffield Leeds UCL Newcastle119.6 (IRC 7.3)33.4 Birmingham Cambridge Oxford










45 New EPSRC College in 2003 Raise the profile of membership Publish College Membership Directory Indicate areas of particular expertise International Members section Invite letters imminent

46 Collaborative Training Awards Discussion document circulated to community Overall response supportive Single account; operate locally At higher university level than DTAs Implement on a pilot basis for October 2003 starts If successful, full launch for October 2004 starts

47 International Strategy Early stages of development but will promote excellent research to collaborate internationally UK Science comes first Work closely with other UK and international organisations Develop a target list of certain countries and regions Reap maximum benefit from international programmes and opportunities Watch this space!

48 Supporting Excellence Are 3 year grants of £150K the best way to support research? See merit in portfolio grants to strong teams, effected by consolidation and enhancement Aim to provide greater stability and less bureaucracy for strong groups, reducing the burden of application, evaluation, tracking, reporting, etc. associated with multiple small grants

49 EPSRC Portfolio Partnerships Consolidation of grant portfolio and extension out to 5 years in a profiled form Grant profile is constant for 3 years, tapering down in years 4 and 5 No responsive mode grant applications for first 2+ years Earliest start for any new responsive mode grants will be the beginning of year 4 By year 5 the portfolio will be re-tensioned MOU between EPSRC and University re Partnership

50 Noresponsivemodeapplications Earliest start new responsive mode grants N.B. Indexing not shown... Illustrative Profile Secured funding

51 Spending Review 2002 Second phase of e-Science, and research council activity –core Programme –pilot projects and studentships –Long-term underpinning research Novel Computational Architectures: Emergent, adaptive and hybrid systems –complexity and information uncertainty, hybrid systems, evolutionary computing, autonomic computing etc. Bids relevant to ICT

52 Spending Review 2002 Science budget grows 10% pa real terms Increase to £2.9Bn by 2005/06 –£436M for new research –£178M for new capital facilities –£46M for Knowledge Transfer –£220M for sustaining university research base; £100M for SRIF, £120M for indirect costs –£150M to implement Roberts Review Almost no new money in 2003/04 Key points

53 Spending Reviews SR 2000 (Year 00/01) 60%30%10% SR 2002 (Year 03/04) 10%30%60%

54 Thank you for your attention!

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