i-sense is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, under an Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations grant.
Interdisciplinary Research Collaborations (IRCs) are centres of internationally-acknowledged scientific and technological excellence, with sufficient critical mass to make a real impact in areas of key future industrial relevance to the UK. The collaborations are funded through large, long-term grants and generally involve several universities together with industrial partners.
On 1st October 2013, the EPSRC awarded a £11m grant to Professor Rachel McKendry to establish an Interdisciplinary Research Collaboration in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Diseases.
i-sense received this grant along with Sphere, a University of Bristol-led collaboration to develop sensor platforms for healthcare in a residential environment and Proteus, who are developing optical molecular and imaging technology to monitor patients in intensive care units.
Since 1994, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have been supporting innovative, long term, early-stage research and high quality postgraduate training in order to contribute to the economic competitiveness of the UK and the quality of life of its people.
In order to maintain the UK's global research standing in light of increasing international competition, and with limited funding available, the EPSRC have developed a core strategy to focus their investments on areas that are of long-term strategic importance to the UK. These include the Digital Economy, Energy, Engineering, Healthcare, ICT, Environmental Change, Mathematics, Physical Sciences and Quantum Technologies.