Key Performance Indicators


1. Excellence in mathematical and computational research that establishes the Centre as leading internationally.

Indicator 1.1 Quality of journal publications. Target: Centre members should publish research that is internationally excellent or world-leading in terms of its originality, significance and rigour. Publication should secure citations that exceed journal norms. An average of at least one publication per researcher per annum.

Indicator 1.2 Attendance at scientific, clinical and industry-focussed conferences/events. Target: Average of 2 conferences per year per researcher. Evidence of keynote invitations for Centre investigators.

Indicator 1.3 Organisation of scientific workshops and Centre-badged symposiums at conferences. Target: Average of 2 events per annum organised through the Centre.

Indicator 1.4 Success in obtaining research funding. Target: Secure competitive research funding from now until 2020 that exceeds the original amount (£2M) secured from EPSRC (ensuring economic sustainability of the Centre).

Indicator 1.5 Centre growth through strategic recruitment and fellowships. Target: Recruit at least 4 new core PIs and securing at least 4 Research Council Fellowships by 2020.


2. Clinical translation of research and prototyping of ideas that establishes the Centre as a leading innovator in the use of predictive models for healthcare technologies.

Indicator 2.1 Scientific outputs with Clinical Collaborators in Clinical Journals. Target: Publications in clinical journals should approach 20% of overall scientific production.

Indicator 2.2 Partnerships with clinical research teams and hospitals. Target: Establish at least 4 partnerships by 2020 in which the Centre works directly with clinical teams and hospitals on projects of mutual interest involving exchange of personnel and shared space and facilities.

Indicator 2.3 Development of working prototypes of clinical tools. Target: To deliver at least 3 prototypes by 2020 building on fundamental research arising from Centre activities.

Indicator 2.4 Success in obtaining clinical research funding. Target: Through partnership with hospitals, clinicians and primary care/general practices secure at least £250K to support clinical pilot projects including early stage clinical trials of prototype decision support tools.


3. Industry engagement and exploitation to enhance development of emerging healthcare technologies.

Indicator 3.1 Intellectual property and protection through patent, copyright or database rights. Target: At least 4 patents to be held by core Centre members by 2020.

Indicator 3.2 Exploitation of IP through commercialisation. Target: Licensing or spin-out of at least 2 ventures or patents by 2020.

Indicator 3.3 Exchange of researchers. Target: At least two researcher exchanges per annum into or from industry partners, of a 3 month duration or longer.

Indicator 3.4 Success in obtaining industry funding. Target: To secure finance through direct contribution or joint investment of at least £350K from industry by 2020.


4. Engaging people with lived experience, members of the public interested in science and healthcare and other end-users throughout the research lifecycle to ensure projects are relevant to people with non-communicable disease enhancing the likelihood of clinical translation and uptake.

Indicator 4.1 To include lay representation in meetings of the Centre’s Steering Group. Target: To ensure at least one lay panel member participates in each meeting.

Indicator 4.2 Establish a public advisory group. Target: By December 2017 establish a group of at least 8 non-academic partners and people with relevant experience to act as an advisory group and to inform the development of research relevant to specific health conditions. The group should meet with Centre researchers at least twice per annum.

Indicator 4.3 Development of training and awareness in public involvement/engagement. Target: All Centre researchers should commit to relevant training and engage with the public advisory group activities as appropriate.


5. Establishing national and international partnerships with other Centres of Excellence in the field to facilitate opportunities to leverage future funding and to bring exceptional researchers to the Centre.

Indicator 5.1 Joint financing of partnership projects. Target: To secure funding for at least 5 projects with international Centres of excellence, both academic and industry.

Indicator 5.2 Knowledge transfer with research visitors. Target: To run an internationally recognised visitor programme, bringing at least 6 researchers, clinicians or industry partners per annum to Exeter for visits of 3 weeks to 6 months.

Indicator 5.3 Raise the international profile of the Centre. Target: To raise the Centre’s international profile through international visitors and ongoing international conferences (see indicators 5.2, 1.2 and 1.3).


6. Developing educational opportunities at undergraduate and postgraduate level in emerging areas of systems biomedicine, mathematical biology and healthcare technologies.

Indicator 6.1 Build cross-College education links. Target: Develop opportunities for students through new and existing modules and modes of teaching with the Living Systems Institute, the College of Life and Environmental Sciences, the College of Medicine and Health and the Business School.

Indicator 6.2 Development of MSc and PhD programmes. Target: Core academic members of the Centre should seek to develop new MSc programmes and supervise on average 2 PhD students in areas of relevance to the Centre.

Indicator 6.3 MSci, MSc and PhDs as key personnel. Target: At least 20% of Centre researchers should be working towards an MSci, MSc or PhD by 2020.