Funded by the Royal Society and Rolls Royce plc, the Industry Fellowships scheme aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia. The initiative provides opportunities for an academic scientist to work on a collaborative project with industry, or alternatively, someone employed in industry to work on a collaborative project with a university department or not-for-profit research organisation. It is anticipated that fellows will establish personal and corporate links between the two sectors in the UK as a foundation for their long-term future development.
Fellowships must be in the area of natural sciences, including agriculture, mathematics, biotechnology, environmental research, medical and engineering sciences (excluding clinical medicine). Projects at any stage from fundamental science to industrial innovation are supported.
Applicants can be of any nationality and should be at a stage in their career when they would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal and corporate links between the two sectors. Applicants must hold:
- A PhD or be of equivalent standing in their profession.
- A permanent post in either a UK university, not-for-profit research organisation or UK industry.
Fellows can be hosted by an academic institution or industry, and should be partnered with an industrial or academic partner accordingly. Applications are encouraged involving spin-offs or small companies provided they have a well-established research team and facilities.
A fellow's basic salary only is paid during a secondment; employing institutions continue to pay national insurance and pension contributions. Research expenses may be claimed up to a maximum of £2,000 per year. Awards can be for any period up to two years full-time or pro rata (ie could be held at 50% part-time for four years).
Applications must be submitted by 18 April 2019 (3pm).
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