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BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account 2

Complementary to the IAS Early Career Innovation 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.

The activities 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.

We expect to be able to offer up to four longer exchanges, or up to nine shorter exchanges or a combination, depending on applications received.

All applicants must discuss their application with Katie Irgin (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. Applicants are strongly advised to participate in available Warwick Ventures-led training, e.g. i2i, or relevant training such as 'Business, Innovation and Commercialisation for Researchers' (Five sessions: 23 January, 30 January, 6 February, 13 February, and 6 March).

The BBSRC FTMA2 institutional award (BB/S507982/1) is linked to the National Productivity Investment Fund/Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Rutherford Fund. It runs from 1 November 2018 – March 2021
Information on the previous BBSRC FTMA award (BB/R506588/1 November 2017 – March 2019)
Guidance for Applicants
BBSRC FTMA2 Application form - May2019
Please submit to
Application deadlines:
  • Friday 4 January 2019 (Note that the University will be closed between 22 December 2018 – 1 January 2019 and applicants are
    encouraged to prepare costings before Christmas)
  • Friday 1 March 2019
  • Friday 26 April 2019
  • Friday 7 June 2019
The scheme will close once all fellowships are allocated.

HR guidance for EU and EEA applicants