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BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account 2

Warwick and WISB have been granted a BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account 2 (FTMA2) extension until the 31st December 2021, with approximately £25,000 remaining to be awarded.

All funds must be defrayed by 31st December, and we encourage applications for shorter two to three month projects. Interested applicants should contact Josh Cartwright in the first instance.

Applications must be submitted on the relevant funding application form to research_impact@warwick.ac.uk. This is now an open call with no deadline, the call will remain open until the remaining funds have been allocated.

Complementary to the IAS Early Career Fellowships, the BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account 2 (FTMA2) programme aims to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors in a way that is in alignment with the Industrial Strategy.

Please see the funding guidelines for information regarding eligibility.

We are inviting applications for:

- Innovation Fellowships (we anticipate being able to fund 1 or 2 new Fellowships)

- Extensions to existing Innovation Fellowships for up to three months to further facilitate knowledge exchange, skill development, and industry collaborations (current Innovation Fellows will be contacted directly)

- Seed funding for early career researchers to establish their own contacts and relationships with industry, such as visits to understand industry needs, to attend events, or to participate in training to develop commercial and translational skills. (Small awards up to £1,000 are available, applications can be submitted at any time)

The BBSRC FTMA2 institutional award (BB/S507982/1) is linked to the National Productivity Investment Fund/Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Rutherford Fund. The award is currently running from November 2018 – December 2021.

Activities under an FTMA award should aim to pump-prime the establishment of new academia-industry interactions and further develop existing ones. Furthermore, they can be used to support non-UK nationals undertake short-term secondments and research collaborations that are hosted within a UK research organisation (and involve industrial partners, where appropriate) and are aligned with the Industrial Strategy.

BBSRC FTMA Innovation Fellowships are available to provide an opportunity for talented early career researchers to facilitate exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise between academic and industrial sectors, and between countries.

Fellowships are available to those who have who have just submitted their thesis who wish to undertake placements within a business environment, and talented early career researchers (postdoctoral researchers, and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows or equivalent from industry) who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research. Successful applicants will be appointed on a salary in an arrangement with the existing host department.

During the fellowship, the fellows are expected to undertake an exchange of up to six months, or part-time equivalent, at another organisation in order to provide international and academia-industry exposure. For example:

  • Eligible applicants working at Warwick may apply to undertake an Innovation Fellowship at an industry partner; (the placements may be 100% with the industry partner, or a blend of experience and knowledge exchange split between the industry partner and Warwick, although a minimum of 50% of the time must be with the industry partner);
  • Eligible applicants working in industry may apply to undertake an Innovation Fellowship at Warwick.

Successful applicants should be able to describe a suitable opportunity for translating their research (or that of their team) into a non-academic sector, and outline what they might do during the fellowship to achieve this. They will also need to describe their motivations for seeking the fellowship, what skills they would look to acquire during it and how the fellowship would support their future career. There will be an opportunity for the applicants’ ideas and plans to be refined in collaboration with Warwick Ventures prior to application.

Please see the funding guidelines for more information.

All applicants must discuss their application with Josh Cartwright (Research and Impact Services). Applicants are strongly advised to contact Warwick Ventures before submission - please contact Kevin Marks who will arrange a meeting with an appropriate Business Development Manager.