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EPSRC Reference: EP/W00061X/1
Title: Bionics+: User Centred Design and Usability of Bionic Devices
Principal Investigator: James, Professor C
Other Investigators:
Dawes, Professor H Green, Professor R O'Connor, Professor RJ
Nazarpour, Professor K
Researcher Co-Investigators:
Project Partners:
Albany Business Consultants Ltd BIOS Health Ltd Brunel University London
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board Cardiff University Coherent UK Ltd
Coventry & Warwickshire NHS PartnerTrust Devices for Dignity Galvani Bioelectronics
Great Ormond Street Hospital Imperial College London Koalaa Limited
Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust Meta (Previously Facebook) National University of Ireland Maynooth
Newcastle University NHS NIHR CLAHRC for South Yorkshire
Oxford Uni. Hosps. NHS Foundation Trust Platt & Associates, Inc. Sheffield Hallam University
UCL University Hospitals Birmingham NHS FT University of Aberdeen
University of Bristol University of Cambridge University of Edinburgh
University of Glasgow University of Manchester, The University of Oxford
University of Sheffield University of Southampton University of Strathclyde
University of Surrey University of York
Department: Sch of Engineering
Organisation: University of Warwick
Scheme: Standard Research - NR1
Starts: 21 June 2021 Ends: 20 June 2025 Value (£): 902,307
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
Biomaterials Biomechanics & Rehabilitation
Tissue engineering
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
Healthcare Information Technologies
Related Grants:
Panel History:
Panel DatePanel NameOutcome
17 Mar 2021 HT New Challenges NetworkPlus Interview Panel Announced
Summary on Grant Application Form
The Bionics+ NetworkPlus will represent the spectrum of research, clinical and industrial communities across bionic technologies within the EPSRC Grand Challenge theme of Frontiers of Physical Intervention. It will invigorate and support a cohesive, open and active network with the mission of creating a mutually supportive environment. It will lead to the co-creation of user-centred bionic solutions that are fit for purpose. These advances will have a global impact, consolidating the world-leading position of the UK. The founding tranche will focus on ambitious and transformative research, new collaborative and translational activities, and the formulation of a longer-term strategy. Within this context, as a community, we will explore and identify areas of opportunity and value, driven by Bionics users' needs, complementary to existing activity and strengths. The network will instigate and support early-stage research in these priority areas, alongside providing an outward-facing representation and engagement of the UK Bionics community. Further, we aim to contribute in an advisory capacity to public bodies, UK industry and government policy.

At the time of the application, we have obtained a positive commitment from circa 70 groups including bionic users, academic partners from universities in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and a few international partners; partners in medical devices, orthotics and prosthetics industry, both large corporates and small-medium size companies; and many clinicians, surgeons and aligned health experts from relevant NHS clinics and the private sector.
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