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Research Operations Office


Published on Fri, 07/05/2021 - 13:25

EPSRC is increasing the funding it provides for grant holders’ procurement of scientific and other equipment, changing the FEC Requirement on equipment costs from 50% to 80%. (Equipment costs refer to individual items of equipment with a total cost, including VAT of between £10k and £400k) . By raising the FEC contribution for capital costs, EPSRC aims to support applicants in securing co-funding from the host institution, providing further support for equipment on projects.  

This increase in support will initially be for a period of 12 months from 1 April 2021. The change will apply to any proposals going to panel after 1 April through Standard Mode and Programme Grants, Fellowships and New Investigator Awards. EPSRC will also include any applications received through strategic calls where equipment is a legitimate request and the panel is after 1 April 2021.  Any proposals assessed after 1 April that have not requested 80% equipment costs will be retroactively awarded funds at this level if successful.  

EPSRC has prioritised support for this change from within its baseline World Class Labs capital budget; no additional money has been made available to EPSRC to support this change.  Further details are available from the EPSRC website.