RCUK (UKRI) have announced that up to 24 Industrial Innovation Fellowships for Early Career Researchers will be supported as part of the National Productivity Fund. NERC will be delivering the fellowships as Industrial Innovations Fellowships and Industrial Mobility Fellowships. Successful applicants will be expected to commence their fellowships by the 1st of January 2018 at the latest.
The Industrial Innovations fellowships are 3.5 year awards for a single named researcher. The Industrial Mobility Fellowships are 6-12 month fellowships that enable ECRs to spend time exploring interdisciplinary solutions while placed within industry. Both fund must have research clearly aligned with one or more of the challenge areas of the governments Industrial Strategy of:
- Clean energy;
- Robotics and AI;
- Satellites and space;
- Leading edge healthcare and medicine;
- Manufacturing and materials;
- Biotechnology and synthetic biology;
- Transformative digital technologies (including big data and analytics);
- Quantum technologies;
- Technologies for the creative industries;
- Building a resilient economy.
A total fund of £8.86m is available for the Industrial Innovations Fellowships and there are no specific funding limits to applicants other than a restriction that no equipment cost may exceed £10k. Industrial Mobility Fellowships are anticipated to have budgets between £50k-100k depending on the duration of the award.
For further information, or to check the suitability of these funds, please contact your faculty Research Facilitator (Ehren Milner, firstname.lastname@example.org or Lisa Gale-Andrews, email@example.com).