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1. Introduction

Welcome to the EPSRC survey on flexible support, the purpose of this survey is to gather your views and experiences to help us better understand how the support we provide is utilised by the community, where it does and doesn't provide the flexibility you require and why.

At EPSRC we offer a range of flexible funding opportunities which allow researchers to design a grant package that fits their research goals, career and personal circumstances. In the following survey you will be asked to share your experiences (positive or negative) related to the flexibile options we provide associated with our funding, your views are important to help us understand how we can make our support inclusive in practice as well as in principle. The survey is anonymous and all responses confidential, respondents are able to opt in to their responses being used as anonymous case studies and to being contacted by EPSRC should we wish to follow up on aspects of your response.

We welcome responses from across our community, this includes past and present grant holders and supported staff, unsuccessful applicants and potential applicants who chose not to apply or selected alternative funding mechanisms as a result of the flexibility of our current support. If you are a student please complete a tailored version of the survey available here. If you are unaware of the support that EPSRC currently offer please do participate in the survey, this will help us understand awareness across our portfolio, you will be asked this in the first question, but not asked to participate in further sections

If you have any further questions or concerns regarding completing this survey. please contact EPSRC at Inclusion Matters.

EPSRC complies with the General Data Protection Regulations 2016/679 (EU) GDPR). We process and handle personal information according to these regulations. The personal information that you provide on this form will only be used for the purposes outlined. The information will be viewed by EPSRC staff only. Your information will not be used/shared for any other purpose without your specific consent. EPSRC reserves the right to publish and share anonymized aggregated information with stakeholders. For further information on how your personal data is used, how we maintain the security of your information, and your rights to access that information we hold about you, please contact the Professional Support Unit Information Team.

The UK Research and Innovation privacy notice can be found on the UKRI website. This form has been developed using SmartSurvey. Data entered and submitted to EPSRC via the form will be held in SmartSurvey for a period in accordance with UKRI policy.