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Opportunity profile: EPSRC Bright Ideas awards

Applicants for the EPSRC’s latest round of Bright Ideas awards are encouraged to submit risky ideas. But one former member of the judging panel advises candidates to show that their projects can deliver. Rebecca Hill reports.

“We were quite conservative to be honest,” says John Yates, a professor of computational mechanics at the University of Manchester, who was on the judging panel for the 2009 Bright Ideas awards. “The winners all looked as though they were going to be reasonably safe bets in terms of producing something.”

However, he warns that panelists are unlikely to be looking for applicants planning to do “another bit of incremental research”.

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