Call for Expressions of Interest for participating in next phase of RCNDE, March 2019

Expressions of Interest (EOIs) are invited from research groups wishing to participate in the next phase of the UK Research Centre in Non-Destructive Evaluation (RCNDE) . Selected research groups will co-develop the detailed collaborative workplans for the final EPSRC grant application.

NDE Research Association (NDEvR) is preparing a full proposal for submission to EPSRC for funding the next RCNDE activities from April 2020 to April 2026. NDEvR is seeking to form a consortium of academic research groups in advance of the preparation of the full proposal for a new RCNDE programme. It has been agreed that Professor Paul Wilcox (University of Bristol) should be the Principal Investigator for the proposal.

Expression of Interest Call document

Annex B – Expression of Interest Application form

List of example industrial applications

Expressions of interest should be submitted by email to Peter Thayer (peter.thayer@ndevr.org.uk). Closing date: 17:00 on 17 April 2019

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Are there any restrictions on the number of submissions from an institution? Answer: There are no restrictions at an institutional level. If we receive a large number from the same research team, we may request that the team performs a down-selection or prioritisation of their own submissions.
  2. Are there any restrictions on the size of bids? Answer: There isn’t an explicit restriction, but the call describes the overall size and scope of the planned programme. Therefore, we would typically expect proposals to have 1-2 FTEs/yr per group and with a 2 to 4-year duration.
  3. Are you looking to front load the programme? Answer: We expect to define the earlier part of the programme in more detail based on the proposals received. All activities will be subject to annual review and ongoing funding is contingent on adequate progress being made.
  4. If we want to propose a joint project involving another university, should we put in a joint proposal? Answer: No. Identify the Co-I at the other university in your EoI, and explain what they would contribute. Also, ask the Co-I to submit an their own EoI, which mentions you. We will construct the collaborative projects from those EoIs and will ask you to prepare a final version of each collaborative project. Even if you don’t mention a collaborator, you may still be asked to discuss a collaborative project with other groups who have submitted EoIs.
  5. What sort of grant is being applied for? Answer: We are in discussion with EPSRC about possible funding routes. The ambition for RCNDE4 is a programme of the size and scope outlined in the call for EOIs document, funded through one or more mechanisms.
  6. (17/07/2019) Update on reviewing EoI submissions: The EoIs are still out for assessment by industry members and the RCNDE International Advisory Group. However, even when we receive all the assessments back – probably in a week or so – it is not a clear-cut exercise because we then have to decide on collaborative groupings to form proposals into established EPSRC modes. After that we will come back to the successful groups for the second round of preparing collaborative proposals.