Connected Nation Pioneers

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Deadline: 26th April 2018

Funding available: Up to £3,000

Connected Nation Pioneers is an exciting partnership between EPSRC and its key stakeholders. EPSRC have come together to recognise outstanding UK doctoral students whose research clearly contributes towards the development of a Connected Nation.

Sponsored by Dstl, Facebook, BT, Samsung, Huawei, Thales, Amazon and NVIDIA, this competition is open to all UK doctoral students in the final two years of their doctoral training. Please note that applicants do not need to be funded by the EPSRC to apply. 


This competition celebrates pioneering research undertaken in the UK by doctoral students in up to two of the following areas:

  • Safe and Secure Cyber Society
  • Intelligent Informatics
  • Making Digital Technology Work for People
  • Creative Computing for the Digital Economy

Industrial sponsors will assess applicants in 3 different stages: 

  • An EoI statement 
  • A video pitch (around 3 minutes long)
  • An exhibition + pitch 

Media and presentation training will be provided for applicants who reach the third stage of the competition, and applicants will be able to take advantage of the excellent opportunity to network with academia and industry experts. Each of the four winners will receive a prize of £2,000 and a NVIDIA graphics card at a VIP Awards Ceremony Dinner, to be held at the MOSI in Manchester. The winner of each category will then compete in an elevator pitch contest to select an overall winner, who will receive a further £1,000.

How do I apply?

Before submitting your application, please ensure that you have read the call document available on the EPSRC website. 

Further information is available on the EPSRC website.