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12 March 2024

King's awarded £15.7m EPSRC funding to revolutionise healthcare delivery

The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) has awarded £15.7m of funding to King’s College London to train the next generation of health data scientists and engineers who will revolutionise the way healthcare is delivered.

A doctor performs surgery using robotic assistance

In addition to the EPSRC investment these CDTs have attracted £19.5 million of external partners investment and King’s support.

This funding is part of £1 billion doctoral training investment in sixty-five Centres for Doctoral Training, announced by the EPSRC on Tuesday 12 March.

“King’s College London is investing in world-class doctoral research that harnesses our research strengths in the fields of health, data science and engineering. We are working in partnership with industry to deliver innovative digital healthcare solutions, and this new EPSRC funding will enable us to continue to drive economic growth and produce highly skilled postgraduates to join industry.”

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi CBE FREng FRS, Vice President (Research & Innovation)

King’s EPSRC CDTs will continue working collaboratively with the NHS, patients, communities, healthtech and pharma to deliver the EPSRC strategy for 'Transforming Health and Healthcare'. They will enable real-world impact through research-led training in critical technical and multidisciplinary skills, driving healthcare system transformation and step-change improvements in health outcomes and quality of life.

“This EPSRC investment will directly build on the successes of our three-year King's College London seed-funded and industry-leveraged pilot programs. The teams will lead these innovative CDTs to build on their fantastic track records at King’s and train our future research leaders and innovators in Data Driven Health and Advanced Engineering for Personalised Surgery and Intervention.“

Professor Rebecca Oakey, Dean of Doctoral Studies

Both CDTs were awarded seed funding of 12 studentships from King’s Centre for Doctoral Studies in 2020. Working with industrial partners they leveraged a further 23 studentships and, as a result, have since trained 47 doctoral students.

We’re delighted that these strategic investments have attracted further funding from the EPSRC to support five additional cohorts. With the total funding £23 million for studentships these EPSRC CDTs will train 187 doctoral students at King’s.

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Bashir M. Al-Hashimi

Vice President (Research & Innovation)

Rebecca  Oakey

Professor of Epigenetics