£30m Boost for Biomedical Engineering

As reported by OnMedica, The Wellcome Trust and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have announced a joint £30m investment in biomedical engineering with the aim of finding solutions for healthcare problems.

The funding will be available for a limited number of projects which aim to address healthcare problems for which there is no technology which provides an adequate solution. For example, the Science Minister, David Willetts is keen to receive applications for technologies which aim to tackle rare diseases, mental health problems and care for babies and infants. Any successful applications will have access to up to £10m over seven years, as well as the resources to conduct their research.

Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts, said: “Bringing together the UK’s world-class biomedical and physical sciences researchers will be vital in developing the technology to solve our biggest healthcare challenges. This unique initiative supports both basic science and its translation, advancing knowledge and bringing benefits for patients.”

Sir Mark Walport, Director of the Wellcome Trust, said: “The research environment for biomedical engineering in the UK has benefited enormously from the collaboration between EPSRC and the Wellcome Trust, and we are delighted to announce this new initiative, bringing together multidisciplinary teams that will tackle some extremely important medical challenges.”


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