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Workshops and Networks

Please see below for details of workshops and Networks related to the Technology Touching Life programme.


Please note that application to attend these workshops is now closed, however outputs from the workshops are published below.

EPSRC, BBSRC and MRC are holding three one day workshops to launch the cross council initiative Technology Touching Life (TTL) in June 2017.

  • 6 June (Midlands)
  • 16 June (London)
  • 20 June (Scotland)

The workshops will bring together researchers from across a broad range of relevant disciplines to discuss the research challenges and opportunities associated with Technology Touching Life.

The aims of the workshops are to:

  • share the vision and current plans for the Technology Touching Life initiative
  • seek input on key challenges and opportunities, as well as feedback on our proposed approach to implementation
  • facilitate cross-disciplinary networking and the formation of consortia for a Technology Touching Life community research networks call

The research councils would like to enable a broad range of researchers with interest in activities related to TTL to attend the workshops, and applications are welcome from a range of research backgrounds including engineering, physical, computational, health and life sciences, with particular encouragement for researchers with experience of working across these disciplinary fields.

If you wish to attend a workshop, please complete the short expression of interest survey at the bottom of the page by 5:00pm 09 May 2017.

As space at the workshops is limited, expressions of interest will be reviewed by an internal cross-Council selection process to ensure a broad representation of organisations and expertise. Your attendance will be confirmed by 16 May 2017.

Please note that application to attend will be regarded as confirmation of your availability to attend, and that the research councils are unable to pay travel and subsistence costs for workshop attendees.

Further information about the workshops is available on the TTL Workshops document.

The invited delegate list for each workshop is available on the booklets for Nottingham (6th June), London (16th June) and Glasgow (20th June).

Delegates at the workshops explored possible research challenges relevant to Technology Touching Life. These are summarised for all the workshops in the Workshop Output document .


Technology Touching Life (TTL) is pleased to announce a £3m call for Networks, jointly supported by the BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC.

Through these awards we aim to support networking activities that will identify research strategies and opportunities to address the vision of TTL, as well as building new collaborations across disciplines and organisations. The Research Councils will kick start these new research strategies by supporting preliminary or feasibility style research as part of the awards. TTL is a long-term strategic priority across BBSRC, EPSRC and MRC and we will seek to build on the ideas and collaborations that emerge through the Networks to understand the future needs and scale of opportunity for TTL.

Up to £3 million will be available to fund a balanced portfolio of awards across the scope of TTL; we anticipate funding 3-6 networks. Networks are intended to be UK-wide and be open to participants from different disciplines and institutions. It is essential that user engagement is considered in the wider network membership.

This is a two stage call; the deadline for Outline applications is 5pm 27th July 2017. Outline applications will be assessed in September 2017, and Full Applications invited forward for assessment in February 2018. Networks will be expected to start June 2018.

Further information about the call for Networks is available on the MRC website. Following assessment of the outline applications, the list of networks invited to submit full proposals to this call can also be found at the website above. We have published this information to facilitate network formation and development.

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