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UKON 2016: The EPSRC ICT Theme Update

These are my notes for Miriam Dowie’s talk at the UK Ontology Network Meeting on 14 April, 2016.


Source 14 April 2016

In real terms, the funding situation for the EPSRC is flat, which is good. There are a number of factors in how the budget is built, including research council baselines, prior committments, and other factors. There will be an RCUK communication soon regarding the budget, but the bottom line is that the funding will not be stopping.

EPSRC ICT covers research into computer science, user-interface tech, communications, electronics and photonics around the common thread of new ways to transmit, present, manage, analyse, and process data. The main cross ICT priorities are TI3 (Towards an intelligent information infrastructure), MACDES (Many-core architectures and concurrentcy in  distributed and embedded systems, and others.

The EPSRC ICT Theme is in the middle of their work on refreshing their positions on individual research areas and cross-research area priorities. Why the “refresh”? There are finite resources, and the need to allow new areas to emerge and to achieve balance between priorities, flavors of resources, themes, mechanisms etc.

There aren’t any final conclusions yet, so any and all useful input is welcome. The announcement of the conclusions in December 2016. There will be sessions and workshops to assist with communication.

There is a call for evidence for universities, businesses and recognized professional bodies right now against the following headings: quality, national importance, capacity and further information.

There are Strategic Advisory Team nominations coming up soon. There are about 3000 college members for the EPSRC Peer Review College. Expression of interest are now being invited from candidates who wish to join the Associate College (there is also a Full College). Deadline is 10 May 2016, more details .

Please note that this post is merely my notes on the presentation. I may have made mistakes: these notes are not guaranteed to be correct. Unless explicitly stated, they represent neither my opinions nor the opinions of my employers. Any errors you can assume to be mine and not the speaker’s. I’m happy to correct any errors you may spot – just let me know!

By Allyson Lister

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