EPSRC: 20 years of Pioneering research and skills

The Science and Engineering Research Council (SERC) was split into discipline specific areas after a review carried out by the then Director General of the Research Councils in 1993. This resulted in the formation of EPSRC by Royal Charter in 1994. A Supplemental Charter was granted in 2003. This timeline celebrates some of the many innovations and impacts achieved over the last 20 years.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) is the UK’s main agency for funding research in engineering and the physical sciences. EPSRC invests around £800 million a year in research and postgraduate training, to help the nation handle the next generation of technological change. The areas covered range from information technology to structural engineering, and mathematics to materials science. This research forms the basis for future economic development in the UK and improvements for everyone’s health, lifestyle and culture. EPSRC works alongside other Research Councils with responsibility for other areas of research. The Research Councils work collectively on issues of common concern via Research Councils UK.

1994-04-01 00:00:00

EPSRC is launched

Chairman Dr Alan Rudge outlines the 3 objectives for the new research council

1994-04-15 09:05:17

Artemis Intelligent Power

Formed to commercialise EPSRC-supported research into Digital Displacement® hydraulic wave energy technology

1994-09-23 09:05:17

Innovative Manufacturing

EPSRC launches its Innovative Manufacturing programme which aims to bring industry and academia together for the benefit of British manufacturing

1994-10-28 09:05:17

Independent Advice

EPSRC sets up two independent advisory panels to advise on future research priorities

1995-03-01 00:00:00

Intelligent Energy

EPSRC support for research into hybrid battery/fuel cell power source for road vehicles leads to the formation of Intelligent Energy six years later

1995-06-23 12:05:57

Peer Review

EPSRC starts its new system for the peer review of grant applications by independent experts

1995-08-31 12:05:57

Full Charge

An EPSRC-supported research team led by Professor Peter Bruce from St Andrews University develops a rechargeable lithium battery prototype

1995-09-29 09:05:17

Lionel Tarassenko

Dr Tarassenko, an EPSRC-funded researcher from the University of Oxford, develops the core technology behind the world's first 'smart' microwave oven

1996-05-31 09:05:17

Alf Adams

Professor Alf Adams research into infrared lasers, supported by EPSRC's predecessor, SERC, paved the way for CD and DVD players

1996-05-31 09:05:17

On the rails

Professor Harry Bhadeshia from the University of Cambridge and supported by EPSRC develops a new steel alloy for railway tracks

EPSRC: 20 years of Pioneering research and skills

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