Health Technologies Connectivity Awards (Grant)

Apply for funding to spend time in a different research or user environment to build new skills and collaborations within health technologies. Novel engineering and physical sciences research must comprise a proportion of the placement. You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for EPSRC funding.

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Apply for funding to spend time in a different research or user environment to build new connections within health technologies. Novel engineering and physical sciences (EPS) research contributing to the delivery of the health technologies strategy must comprise a proportion of the placement.

You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) funding.

In this pilot scheme, researchers will develop new skills and collaborations to progress their research in health technologies.

The full economic cost (FEC) of your project can be up to £500,000. EPSRC will fund 80% of the FEC.


Before applying for funding, check the Eligibility of your organisation.

EPSRC standard eligibility rules apply. For full details, visit EPSRC’s eligibility page.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has introduced new role types for funding opportunities being run on the new UKRI Funding Service.

For full details, visit Eligibility as an individual.

International applicants

Under the UKRI and Research Council of Norway Money Follows Cooperation agreement a project co-lead (international) (previously co-investigator) can be based in a Norwegian institution.


We will not accept uninvited resubmissions of projects that have been submitted to UKRI or any other funder.

Find out more about EPSRC’s resubmissions policy.

Equality, diversity and inclusion

We are committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all funding applicants. We encourage applications from a diverse range of researchers.

We support people to work in a way that suits their personal circumstances. This includes:

  • career breaks

  • support for people with caring responsibilities

  • flexible working

  • alternative working patterns

Find out more about equality, diversity and inclusion at UKRI.



The principal aim of this scheme is to provide researchers with an opportunity to spend time in a different research or user environment to better understand unmet health needs, how engineering and physical sciences research can contribute to developing new health technologies approaches and solutions and how this research can be translated.

This scheme also aims to address a ‘supporting knowledge and skills in health technologies’ strategic enabler described in the 2023 EPSRC health technologies strategy. This strategy sets out a mission to support and attract people from a diverse population to build capacity for future skills requirements across all three health technologies challenges.


This pilot scheme is targeted at researchers who wish to develop their research in health technologies by developing new skills and collaborations with other disciplines and end users.

Researchers may come from core EPSRC research fields and spend time in other relevant disciplines, user fields, or both (users may include industry, clinical or public sector environments).

Researchers in other disciplines or organisations that hold appointments that make them eligible for EPSRC funding may also apply for funding to immerse themselves into an EPS environment again with the aim of developing new collaborations leading to research which will contribute to the delivery of the EPSRC health technologies strategy.

Novel EPS research must comprise a significant proportion of the placement. Research projects should address one or more of the three challenges listed in the health technologies strategy. We are particularly interested in projects which address our ‘population health and prevention’ challenge.

This award could be used to:

  • gain skills and knowledge to open up a new cross-disciplinary research area or answer specific cross-disciplinary research question

  • develop new or strengthen existing collaborations, or both, and work together on pilot research project(s)

  • learn a new technique, tool or method that you can apply to your own research

The award should result in delivery of a pilot project(s), using the preliminary data generated via this opportunity.

Funding will enable researchers to:

  • better identify the healthcare challenges and clinical workflows where EPS has the potential to lead to novel solutions

  • understand the drivers for that research challenge and the context in which any solution would be deployed

  • broaden their awareness of the current state of the art in other scientific disciplines that are needed to address the research challenge

  • understand the social science and design factors that influence the adoption and use of healthcare technologies and patient concordance

  • strengthen or build new collaborations and carry out research within health technologies with these collaborators

This scheme is open for teams as well as individuals to apply.

For more information on the background of this funding opportunity, go to the Additional information section.

Home and host organisations

Home organisation is the organisation which employs you and is eligible to receive EPSRC funding.

Host organisation is the organisation which will provide you with the different research or user environment, or both. This could be for example:

  • academic organisation in the UK or abroad

  • another department at your home organisation

  • industry, clinical or public sector organisation in the UK or abroad

If the host organisation is eligible to receive EPSRC funding, your host can be listed as project co-lead on the application.


Your award could last up to 36 months, and the pattern of work could vary. For example, you could:

  • travel to a different research institution or company in the UK or go abroad full time

  • work in another university department at your home institution for one day a week over the proposed period of time

  • re-skill or train in a relevant area over the proposed period of time

We expect applicants to immerse themselves in the new environment (provided by the host organisation) for time appropriate to their specific training needs and pilot project(s).

Funding available

The FEC of your project can be up to £500,000.

EPSRC will fund 80% of the FEC.

What we will fund

We will fund:

  • salary of the core team

  • travel and subsistence while away from the home institution

  • training courses or development opportunities, including those for commercialisation and knowledge exchange

  • project co-lead(s) at the host institution to provide the necessary training and guidance, subject to EPSRC’s eligibility for funding

  • consumables to carry out the research

  • spending on broadening the impact of the award and maximising collaborative work between other disciplines

Supporting skills and talent

We encourage you to follow the principles of the Concordat to Support the Career Development of Researchers and the Technician Commitment.

International collaboration

UKRI is committed in ensuring that effective international collaboration in research and innovation takes place with integrity and within strong ethical frameworks. Trusted Research and Innovation (TR&I) is a UKRI work programme designed to help protect all those working in our thriving and collaborative international sector by enabling partnerships to be as open as possible, and as secure as necessary. Our TR&I Principles set out UKRI’s expectations of organisations funded by UKRI in relation to due diligence for international collaboration.

As such, applicants for UKRI funding may be asked to demonstrate how their proposed projects will comply with our approach and expectation towards TR&I, identifying potential risks and the relevant controls you will put in place to help proportionately reduce these risks.

Find out more about TR&I – including where applicants can find additional support.

If your application includes international applicants, project partners or collaborators, visit UKRI’s trusted research and innovation for more information on effective international collaboration.

Find out about getting funding for international collaboration.


Assessment process

We will assess your application using the following process.

Expert panel

We will invite experts to review your application independently, against the specified criteria for this funding opportunity. They will then rank it alongside other applications at a panel meeting.You will have the opportunity to respond to experts’ comments prior to the panel discussion.In the event of this funding opportunity being substantially oversubscribed as to be unmanageable, EPSRC reserve the right to modify the assessment process.

We expect the expert panel to be held in December 2024.


We will give feedback summarising the key points from the expert panel discussion with the outcome of your application.

Principles of assessment

We support the San Francisco declaration on research assessment and recognise the relationship between research assessment and research integrity.Find out about the UKRI Principles of Assessment and Decision Making.

Assessment criteria

Expert panel criteria

The criteria we will assess your application against are:

  • vision of the project, and approach to the project

  • capability of the applicant or applicants and the project team to deliver the project

  • career development

  • home and host organisations support

  • resources requested to do the project

  • ethical and responsible research and innovation considerations of the project

Find details of assessment questions and criteria under the ‘Application questions’ heading in the ‘How to apply’ section.

How to apply

Click here to start application on the UKRI Funding Service

We are running this funding opportunity on the new UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) Funding Service so please ensure that your organisation is registered. You cannot apply on the Joint Electronic Submissions (Je-S) system.

The project lead is responsible for completing the application process on the Funding Service, but we expect all team members and project partners to contribute to the application.

Only the lead research organisation can submit an application to UKRI.

To apply

Select ‘Start application’ near the beginning of this Funding finder page.

  1. Confirm you are the project lead.

  2. Sign in or create a Funding Service account. To create an account, select your organisation, verify your email address, and set a password. If your organisation is not listed, email support@funding-service.ukri.orgPlease allow at least 10 working days for your organisation to be added to the Funding Service.

  3. Answer questions directly in the text boxes. You can save your answers and come back to complete them or work offline and return to copy and paste your answers. If we need you to upload a document, follow the upload instructions in the Funding Service. All questions and assessment criteria are listed in the How to apply section on this Funding finder page.

  4. Allow enough time to check your application in ‘read-only’ view before sending to your research office.

  5. Send the completed application to your research office for checking. They will return it to you if it needs editing.

  6. Your research office will submit the completed and checked application to UKRI.

Where indicated, you can also demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant. You should:

  • use images sparingly and only to convey important information that cannot easily be put into words

  • insert each new image onto a new line

  • provide a descriptive legend for each image immediately underneath it (this counts towards your word limit)

  • ensure files are smaller than 5MB and in JPEG, JPG, JPE, JFI, JIF, JFIF, PNG, GIF, BMP or WEBP format

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For more guidance on the Funding Service, see:


Applications should be self-contained, and hyperlinks should only be used to provide links directly to reference information. To ensure the information’s integrity is maintained, where possible, persistent identifiers such as digital object identifiers should be used. Assessors are not required to access links to carry out assessment or recommend a funding decision. Applicants should use their discretion when including references and prioritise those most pertinent to the application.

References should be included in the appropriate question section of the application and be easily identifiable by the assessors, for example (Smith, Research Paper, 2019).

You must not include links to web resources to extend your application.


EPSRC must receive your application by 4:00pm UK time on 3 September 2024.

You will not be able to apply after this time.

Make sure you are aware of and follow any internal institutional deadlines.

Following the submission of your application to the funding opportunity, your application cannot be changed, and applications will not be returned for amendment. If your application does not follow the guidance, it may be rejected. If an application is withdrawn prior to peer review or office rejected due to substantive errors in the application, it cannot be resubmitted to the opportunity.

Personal data

Processing personal data

EPSRC, as part of UKRI, will need to collect some personal information to manage your Funding Service account and the registration of your funding applications.

We will handle personal data in line with UK data protection legislation and manage it securely. For more information, including how to exercise your rights, read our privacy notice.

Publication of outcomes

EPSRC, as part of UKRI, will publish the outcomes of this funding opportunity at .

If your application is successful, we will publish some personal information on the UKRI Gateway to Research.

Core team

List the key members of your team and assign them roles from the following:

  • project lead (PL)

  • project co-lead (UK) (PcL)

  • project co-lead (international) (PcL (I))

  • specialist

  • grant manager

  • professional enabling staff

  • research and innovation associate

  • technician

  • visiting researcher

  • researcher co-lead (RcL)

Only list one individual as project lead.

Find out more about UKRI’s core team roles in funding applications.


Word limit: [550]

In plain English, provide a summary we can use to identify the most suitable experts to assess your application.

We usually make this summary publicly available on external-facing websites, therefore do not include any confidential or sensitive information. Make it suitable for a variety of readers, for example:

  • opinion-formers

  • policymakers

  • the public

  • the wider research community

Guidance for writing a summary

Clearly describe your proposed work in terms of:

  • context

  • the challenge the project addresses

  • aims and objectives

  • potential applications and benefits

Application questions

Vision and approach

Create a document that includes your responses to all criteria. The document should not be more than 6.5 sides of A4, single spaced in paper in 11-point Arial (or equivalent sans serif font) with margins of at least 2cm. You may include images, graphs, tables. References may be included but should not exceed 6.5 pages of your document. You can have an additional page for a diagrammatic workplan.

For the file name, use the unique Funding Service number the system gives you when you create an application, followed by the words ‘Vision and Approach’.

Save this document as a single PDF file, no bigger than 8MB. Unless specifically requested, do not include any sensitive data within the attachment.

If the attachment does not meet these requirements, the application will be rejected.

The Funding Service will provide document upload details when you apply.

What are you hoping to achieve with and how will you deliver your proposed work?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

For the Vision, explain how your proposed work:

  • is of excellent quality and importance within or beyond the field(s) or area(s)

  • has the potential to advance current understanding, generates new knowledge, thinking or discovery within or beyond health technologies

  • is timely given current trends, context and needs

  • impacts world-leading research, society, the economy or the environment

Within the Vision section we also expect you to:

  • identify the potential direct or indirect benefits and who the beneficiaries might be

For the Approach, explain how you have designed your work so that it:

  • is effective and appropriate to achieve your objectives

  • is feasible, and comprehensively identifies any risks to delivery and how they will be managed

  • if applicable, uses a clear and transparent methodology

  • if applicable, summarises the previous work and describes how this will be built upon and progressed

  • will maximise translation of outputs into outcomes and impacts

  • describes how your, and if applicable your team’s, research environment (in terms of the place, and relevance to the project) will contribute to the success of the work

Within the Approach section we also expect you to:

  • demonstrate access to the appropriate services, facilities, infrastructure, or equipment to deliver the proposed work

  • demonstrate the potential for the award to have a positive, long-term impact on the applicant or team’s research career

  • provide a project plan including milestones and timelines in the form of a Gantt chart or similar (additional one-page A4)

References may be included within this section.

Applicant and team capability to deliver

Word limit: 1,650

Why are you the right individual or team to successfully deliver the proposed work?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Evidence of how you, and if relevant your team, have:

  • the relevant experience (appropriate to career stage) to deliver the proposed work

  • the right balance of skills and expertise (including that of the collaborators or host organisation) to cover the proposed work

  • the appropriate leadership and management skills to deliver the work and your approach to develop others

  • contributed to developing a positive research environment and wider community

Please note that the host organisation is the organisation which will provide you with the different research or user environment.

You may demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant. Further details are provided in the Funding Service.

The word count for this section is 1,650 words; 1,150 words to be used for R4RI modules (including references) and, if necessary, a further 500 words for Additions.

Use the Résumé for Research and Innovation (R4RI) format to showcase the range of relevant skills you and, if relevant, your team (project and project co-leads, researchers, technicians, specialists, partners and so on) have and how this will help deliver the proposed work. You can include individuals’ specific achievements but only choose past contributions that best evidence their ability to deliver this work.

Complete this section using the R4RI module headings listed. Use each heading once and include a response for the whole team, see the UKRI guidance on R4RI. You should consider how to balance your answer, and emphasise where appropriate the key skills each team member brings:

  • contributions to the generation of new ideas, tools, methodologies, or knowledge

  • the development of others and maintenance of effective working relationships

  • contributions to the wider research and innovation community

  • contributions to broader research or innovation users and audiences and towards wider societal benefit


Provide any further details relevant to your application. This section is optional and can be up to 500 words. You should not use it to describe additional skills, experiences, or outputs, but you can use it to describe any factors that provide context for the rest of your R4RI (for example, details of career breaks if you wish to disclose them). Complete this as a narrative. Do not format it like a CV.

References may be included within this section.

UKRI has introduced new role types for funding opportunities being run on the new Funding Service. For full details, see Eligibility as an individual.

Career development

Word limit: 1,000

Why is this award the right way to develop your or your team’s career and how will you use it to benefit others?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Ensure that you have identified:

  • career development goals appropriate to the funding opportunity

  • how the award will provide a feasible and appropriate trajectory for your or your team’s personal development and to achieve your stated career development goals (as appropriate to your career stage and field)

  • what mentoring arrangements are proposed and how they are appropriate to you or your team

Home and host organisations support

Word limit: 1,000

How will the home and host organisations support your award?

What the assessors are looking for in your response
  • provide evidence detailing how the home and host organisations will support you, as appropriate for your career development and the vision and approach of the award

  • who you have engaged with in your host organisation (name and role)

  • how your research environment will contribute to the success of the work, in terms of suitability of the host organisation and strategic relevance to the project

  • how the home organisation will ensure your time commitment to the award is protected

  • what development and training opportunities will be provided and how they form a cohesive career development package tailored to your aims and aspirations

  • what financial or practical support, such as access to the appropriate services, facilities, infrastructure, or equipment, is being provided and how this strengthens your application

Project partners

Add details about any project partners’ contributions. If there are no project partners, you can indicate this on the Funding Service.

A project partner is a collaborating organisation who will have an integral role in the proposed research. This may include direct (cash) or indirect (in-kind) contributions such as expertise, staff time or use of facilities.

Add the following project partner details:

  • the organisation name and address (searchable via a drop-down list or enter the organisation’s details manually, as applicable)

  • the project partner contact name and email address

  • the type of contribution (direct or in-direct) and its monetary value

If a detail is entered incorrectly and you have saved the entry, remove the specific project partner record and re-add it with the correct information.

For audit purposes, UKRI requires formal collaboration agreements to be put in place if an award is made.

Project partners: letters (or emails) of support

Upload a single PDF containing the letters or emails of support from each partner you named in the Project partners section. These should be uploaded in English or Welsh only.

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Enter the words ‘attachment supplied’ in the text box, or if you do not have any project partners enter ‘N/A’.  Each letter or email you provide should:

  • confirm the partner’s commitment to the project

  • clearly explain the value, relevance, and possible benefits of the work to them

  • describe any additional value that they bring to the project

  • the page limit is two sides A4 per partner

The Funding Service will provide document upload details when you apply. If you do not have any project partners, you will be able to indicate this in the Funding Service.

Ensure you have prior agreement from project partners so that, if you are offered funding, they will support your project as indicated in the contributions template.

For audit purposes, UKRI requires formal collaboration agreements to be put in place if an award is made.

Do not provide letters of support from host and project co-leads’ research organisations.


Word limit: 250

Does your proposed research require the support and use of a facility?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

If you will need to use a facility, follow your proposed facility’s normal access request procedures. Ensure you have prior agreement so that if you are offered funding, they will support the use of their facility on your project.

For each requested facility you will need to provide the:

  • name of facility, copied and pasted from the

  • proposed usage or costs, or costs per unit where indicated on the facility information list

  • confirmation you have their agreement where required

If you will not need to use a facility, you will be able to indicate this in the Funding Service.

Resources and cost justification

Word limit: 1,000

What will you need to deliver your proposed work and how much will it cost?

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Justify the application’s more costly resources, in particular:

  • project staff

  • significant travel for field work or collaboration (but not regular travel between collaborating organisations or to conferences)

  • any equipment that will cost more than £10,000

  • any consumables beyond typical requirements, or that are required in exceptional quantities

  • all facilities and infrastructure costs

  • costs for patient and public involvement and engagement (PPIE)

  • all resources that have been costed as ‘Exceptions’

Assessors are not looking for detailed costs or a line-by-line breakdown of all project resources. Overall, they want you to demonstrate how the resources you anticipate needing for your proposed work:

  • are comprehensive, appropriate, and justified

  • represent the optimal use of resources to achieve the intended outcomes

  • maximise potential outcomes and impacts

Ethics and responsible research and innovation (RRI)

Word limit: 500

What are the ethical or RRI implications and issues relating to the proposed work? If you do not think that the proposed work raises any ethical or RRI issues, explain why.

What the assessors are looking for in your response

Demonstrate that you have identified and evaluated:

  • the relevant ethical or responsible research and innovation considerations

  • how you will manage these considerations

You may demonstrate elements of your responses in visual form if relevant. Further details are provided in the Funding Service.

If you are collecting or using data, identify:

  • any legal and ethical considerations of collecting, releasing or storing the data including consent, confidentiality, anonymisation, security and other ethical considerations and, in particular, strategies to not preclude further reuse of data

  • formal information standards with which your study will comply

Additional sub-questions (to be answered only if appropriate) will be included in the Funding Service. These will ask about numbers, species/strain and justification about:

  • genetic and biological risk

  • research involving the use of animals

  • conducting research with animal overseas

  • research involving human participation

  • research involving human tissues or biological samples

Supporting information


14/05/2024 - The following text has been added to the Expert panel section under the Assessment process in Dates: 'We expect the expert panel to be held in December 2024.'

Health technologies strategy

All applications to this funding opportunity should clearly demonstrate their alignment to one or more of the three challenges identified in the EPSRC health technologies strategy.

Webinar for potential applicants

We will hold a webinar on 25 June 2024 at 10.00am UK time. This will provide more information about the funding opportunity and a chance to ask questions.Register for the webinar.

Research disruption due to COVID-19

We recognise that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused major interruptions and disruptions across our communities. We are committed to ensuring that individual applicants and their wider team, including partners and networks, are not penalised for any disruption to their career, such as:

  • breaks and delays

  • disruptive working patterns and conditions

  • the loss of ongoing work

  • role changes that may have been caused by the pandemic

Reviewers and panel members will be advised to consider the unequal impacts that COVID-19 related disruption might have had on the capability to deliver and career development of those individuals included in the application. They will be asked to consider the capability of the applicant and their wider team to deliver the research they are proposing.Where disruptions have occurred, you can highlight this within your application if you wish, but there is no requirement to detail the specific circumstances that caused the disruption.

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For help and advice on costings and writing your proposal please contact your research office in the first instance, allowing sufficient time for your organisation’s submission process.For questions related to this specific funding opportunity please contact healthcare@epsrc.ukri.orgAny queries regarding the system or the submission of applications through the Funding Service should be directed to the helpdesk.Email: support@funding-service.ukri.orgPhone: 01793 547490Our phone lines are open:

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