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i-sense announces new partnership, impact and sustainability funding opportunity in early warning sensing systems for infectious diseases and AMR.

i-sense, the EPSRC IRC Next Steps in Early Warning Sensing Systems for Infectious Disease and AMR, is now inviting applications for new projects.

Projects related to novel coronavirus (Covid-19) are strongly encouraged.

i-sense has £44,000 available to fund up to four new projects within ‘partnership, impact and sustainability’. The maximum budget of each proposal is £11,000.

  1. Impact partnerships and impact funding: The total budget available is £22,000 which will support two i-sense projects with new end users, including patients and health workers.
  2. Knowledge Transfer funding: The total budget available is £22,000, which will support two i-sense projects with new industry partnerships. These awards must have a financial contribution from the industry partners (direct or in-kind contribution).

The lead investigator should be funded on the EPSRC i-sense Next Steps Core or Plus Awards, and the opportunity to lead projects is open to academics and postodcs. The funding can cover i-sense funded staff, travel and also consumables awarded at 100%, but will not cover any additional overheads, purchase of laptops or other equipment, or PhD students. 

All legal agreements with any external parties must be discussed with the i-sense Project Manager (contact below). Please note there will be a six month timeline to set up contracts with external universities and companies before projects can begin.

All proposals will need to justify their alignment to i-sense Next Steps track, test and treat research themes, and outline the benefits to the i-sense project. A final report will be required, capturing all impact arising from the funding.


Please complete the application form and submit via email to i-sense Project Manager (details below).

Key dates

Call announced: 24 January 2020

Closing date for applications: 16 March 2020

Outcome announced: 31 March 2020

Project start date: Projects should start by 1 September 2020

Key contacts

Please send all applications to i-sense Project Manager, Jo McHugh, at

For more information or for any questions, please contact Professor Vince Emery at or Professor Rachel McKendry