EPSRC Sandpit on Digital Technologies for Health and Care - Expression of Interest

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council are accepting expressions of interest for their next sandpit on the theme of 'novel digital technologies to monitor, diagnose and treat the population remotely'.

The sandpit will be held virtually over three days in the second half of October 2021 and will be directed by Professor Matt Jones (Swansea University).

Up to £1.5m of UKRI funding will be available to fund research projects arising from this sandpit. Researchers from a diverse range of disciplines are encouraged to apply, including from the fields of medical sciences, engineering, physical sciences, mathematics and computer science, social sciences and humanities.

UKRI has been working to strengthen co-ordination around digital technologies for health and care and to identify opportunities in this area. One of the areas which has been highlighted for strengthening is building coordinated and well-informed research and innovation communities, with the appropriate multidisciplinary and cross-sector skills and expertise in digital health. As a result, UKRI would like to run a sandpit to bring the different communities in this area together.

The sandpit will be an intensive, interactive, and free-thinking environment. A diverse group of participants from a range of disciplines and backgrounds will get together for three days, away from their everyday worlds, to immerse themselves in collaborative thinking processes. This is to construct innovative approaches.

It will be led by a director, who will be supported by a team of mentors. We are pleased to announce that Professor Matt Jones (Swansea University) will be the Director for this sandpit.

The director, mentors and a small number of stakeholders will attend the sandpit but will not be eligible to receive research funding. Instead, their role will be to assist participants in defining and exploring challenges in this area.

Deadline for 'expression of interest' applications is 4pm, 21 July 2021

To apply, please complete an expression of interest (EOI) on the EPSRC website.