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The art of patience

Chemical engineer Marloes Peeters was one of the first winners of the EPSRC’s New Investigator Awards. She tells Beckie Smith that taking the time to refine her bid helped her succeed.

The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council’s New Investigator Awards replaced the funder’s First Grants scheme in July 2017. The broad principle of the previous scheme remained: these grants are for early-career researchers who have not previously led an academic research group or won a grant worth more than £100,000. But a previous £100,000 funding cap on the grant has been lifted.

Applications are open year-round with no deadline. Marloes Peeters, a senior lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University, won a £205,241 grant for her project.

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