Early career researchers

Our work with researchers in the early stages of their career can help to:

  • encourage links with policymakers and practitioners
  • broaden understanding of the research landscape
  • enhance professional development
  • develop expertise in realising pathways to impacts

This supports EPSRC’s aims to develop the research leaders of the future and to enhance the overall impact of research.

ECR knowledge exchange skills development

This series of events brings together early career researchers in the built environment and infrastructure sectors. This will help to enhance their professional skills and develop their expertise in maximising the impact of their research.

Events include face-to-face workshops, webinars and on-line opportunities to share expertise and knowledge. The first two workshops focus on strengthening knowledge exchange skills and are an opportunity for networking with fellow scientists working in similar areas.

Participants are encouraged to get involved in the whole series of events, where possible.

15–16 April, Mercure York Fairfield Manor Hotel, York

EPSRC are committed to supporting the next generation of research leaders, and there are various funding mechanisms available to support ECRs in developing their own research.This workshop explored the various elements of devising strong and comprehensive proposals from considering the initial approach and identifying key players through to planning the outline and full proposals, and how to approach the review and interview stage.


Other resources from the workshop

Further information

Supporting early career researchers in Higher education

The UK Universities and Colleges Employers Association (UCEA), the European Federation of Education Employers (EFEE) and the European Trade Union Committee for Education (ETUCE) have just published their findings from a project on ‘Supporting early career researchers in higher education in Europe: the role of employers and trade unions’. Recommendations include:

  • Tackling job security for ECRs
  • Improving the line management of ECRs by principal investigators and supervisors
  • Improving the possibility of all forms of mobility for ECRs
  • Improving the attraction of research careers and ensuring manageable workloads.

Further information from Universities & Colleges Employers Association

13–14 March 2014, Oxford

Presentations from:

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9 & 10 October 2014

This workshop explored various approaches, from identifying the main players through to the communication and use of final outputs.

Presentations and some creative thinking from the day were captured in a Storify.

The residential event ran from lunchtime to lunchtime to allow for in-depth discussions and networking opportunities. It included facilitated sessions and discussions and practical challenges to allow participants to build on their own expertise and put the concepts into practice.

Making research useful:  13 May 2014

Jonathan Breckon from the Alliance for Useful Evidence explores the role of good communications in ensuring that research has influence and practical impact. Reflecting on experience and drawing on lessons learnt from the social sciences, he demonstrated how evidence, working with stakeholders and addressing the right questions can have impact beyond the research community.

Engaging policymakers: 17 September 2014

Hosted by Tom Sutton, who works on infrastructure resilience in the Cabinet Office. Tom reflected on his experience as a policy advisor to provide insight into how research and evidence can be used in decision-making, and offer advice on how researchers can work with policymakers. Our blog – Look, over here! – examines the main messages from the day.