We are excited to announce our first Sandpit for the Bionics+ network. This will be our first opportunity to really push the boundaries of our work, a chance to create real cross-disciplinary collaborations that will explore and develop novel ideas.
User-Centred Design and Usability of Bionic Devices
Bionics+ is an EPSRC funded research network plus and will stimulate and support a cohesive activity towards next-generation bionic technologies to co-create user-centred systems, methods and care models that are fit for purpose. Bionics+ takes place with four central tenets in mind: A) a user-centric approach; B) security in our data (cybersecurity); C) inclusive of clinical and industry inputs; D) promoting smart manufacturing processes.
Bionics+ deals with four major application areas: implants, prostheses, artificial organs and exoskeletons/ wearables, and seven cross-cutting capabilities: data processing and AI, bioelectronics, materials, control systems, secure communications, sensing and stimulation. Taken together these will allow for cross-fertilisation of ideas across the network such that Bionics+ will focus on ambitious, collaborative and transformative research and the formulation of longer-term strategy.
We want to expand our network membership - it is free to join!
If you would like to join this network as a project partner then please contact us - we are interested in academics, clinicians, end-users, and industry members who are involved in all aspects of the field of Bionics.
What will we fund?
Bionics+ will run for 4 years (2021 - 2025). Throughout this time we will have multiple funding rounds, as well as varied events and activities.
In Bionics+ we will be utilising our funding to support various activities.
1. Networking Activities
Our team is not limited to the investigators and network members. We work with various stakeholders including patients and their families, clinicians, industry experts, policymakers, media and charity organisations from the project outset. We will discuss specific ideas and goals
2. Dissemination Activities
Bionics+ will implement a comprehensive equality, diversity, and inclusion panel to guide and shepherd network activities. Membership will include representation across academia, industry, patient users and healthcare. The panel will identify main areas where policies and initiatives can be established
3. Impact Activities
Public Engagement with Bionics – Issues surrounding bionics attract high levels of public interest, and researchers in these fields have a responsibility to inform public debate. The current work of the executive team has received high media coverage (BBC, ITV and
4. Management Activities
We have earmarked an amount of funding that will be made available to network partners through a bidding process. All the activities will be announced through all our communications well in advance of the closing dates. Eligibility criteria will be
We will fund our network partners through various schemes.
We plan to hold Funding Sandpit events in Years 1, 2 and 3 – a fixed amount of funding will be made available for exciting and innovative explorations of bionic technologies and feasibility studies. The specific details and themes for
B. Impact Space
ImpactSpace is a platform that brings together stakeholders to accelerate the translation of bionics research into clinical impact. Stakeholders will be patient groups, their families & carers, charity organisations, industry, academia, clinicians & healthcare executives (e.g., policy). They will co-design
C. Public Engagement training
We will make three annual awards, over the four years of the project (so 12 awards in total), to enable our network members to design and implement relevant public engagement activities.
D. Research exchange visits
Annually Bionics+ will fund two national & one international research exchange visit(s) of PhD students and/or Early Career Researchers. This will facilitate the initiation of new collaborations & help researchers to acquire new skills that are not available in their
E. RADA training
We will sponsor three network members per year to attend training workshops of the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art (RADA). Example workshops are Voice of Influence and Stepping up with Confidence for Women. Specific details on actual schemes will be released each
ED & I
We are committed to creating a diverse network environment where we value, trust and respect each other. Our network will include members of different national origin, race, colour, genetics, religion, marital status, lifestyle, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability,
The Executive Team
This network is managed through a consortium of five academics/ clinicians that hail from five UK universities, these are as follows: University of Warwick (PI), University of Exeter, Imperial College London, University of Leeds, and University of Edinburgh. Feel free to contact any of our team if you need more information about anything.
Helen DawesProfessor of Movement Science (CoI)
Helen is a clinical academic and her research explores mechanisms of movement & posture in health & disease in both adults & children; it specifically focuses on translational technology & innovation to support rehabilitation & self-management.
Maria Dolores RichardsNetwork Manager
Maria has worked on the previously funded EPSRC Adaptive Assistive Rehabilitative Technology – Beyond the Clinic (AART-BC) project and is now Bionics+ Network Manager.
Lynda WebbSenior Researcher in Co-creation
Lynda believes in engaging with all stakeholders including end users as central to the success in design, products, services and research.
Project Partners from Industry
Bionics+ brings together academics, clinicians, end-users and industry partners. The following is a sample of some of our partners from industry.
Some featured posts from our Blog
Bionics+ consists of events, publications, funding rounds, informative meetings and outreach. We will keep you updated through our Blog.
Meet the team: The Bioengineering Inaugural Lecture of Professor Rylie Green
Professor Rylie Green delivers her inaugural lecture detailing her career in polymer bioelectronics. Evolution of a cyborg: Bionic eyes, ears, spines and brains.The cyborg – part human and part machine – is a science fiction construct that has been realised across recent
Announcing our EDI Advisory Group
The new EDI advisory group is taking shape with currently five members including Helen Dawes, Maria Feijoo Reñones, and Drs Nada Yousif, Mae Mansoubi, Amit Narahar Pujari and Leen Jabban. We are currently writing our Terms of Reference. The group
Special Session at EMBC2022, Glasgow – 11-15 July 2022
We would like to announce that we will be hosting a Special Session on the Bionics+ network at this year’s annual EMBC conference that will be taking place in Glasgow, UK. We hope to see you at the conference as
Reminder: Call for Funding
Remember that we have our first open call for funding which is open to all eligible network members (make sure you are registered as a network member so that you are able to apply – use the contact us form
Bionics+: 1st funding call
We are happy to announce our first open call for funding which is open to all eligible network members (make sure you are registered as a network member so that you are able to apply – use the contact us
Meet the team: Dr Kia Nazarpour
In the next few newsletters, we will be highlighting members of the Bionics+ team, and their work, this month we start with Kia. I am Kia Nazarpour. I am an academic with the University of Edinburgh. I hold an EPSRC
Restoring and Extending the Human Brain, 12-13 May 2022
This event at Rice University in Houston, Texas, USA, may be of interest to you. This in-person two day event will include five sessions with topics including: Noninvasive Neuromodulation, Translational Neuroengineering, Decoding & Modulation of Human Language, Functional Imaging, and
The 44th Annual Intl. Conference of the IEEE EMBS, Glasgow, 11-15 July, 2022
This year the annual EMBC conference will be taking place in Glasgow, UK – where our very own Prof. Christopher James will be the Conference Chair. This conference is themed: “Biomedical Engineering transforming the provision of healthcare: promoting wellness through
EDI advisory group
We are looking to start our EDI advisory group and are still looking for committee members. If you would like to be part of the EDI committee then please get in touch. We are planning to have our first meeting