Please note that this scheme is now closed - please see the BBSRC FTMA2 for further opportunities
The University of Warwick is pleased to announce that a small number of Innovation Fellowships are available as part of the BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account (grant agreement BB/R506588/1). The institutional award is linked to the National Productivity Investment Fund/Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund and the Rutherford Fund.
The fellowships provide an opportunity for talented early career researchers (postdoctoral researchers, and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows or equivalent from industry) to facilitate exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise between academic and industrial sectors.
The programme aims to build the skills of the next generation of leaders with UK academic and industrial research able to bridge the two sectors. It is open to the fellows to define the proposed activities, however it should have a strong link to BBSRC research, or fall within the BBSRC remit and should also be supported by the current research strengths at Warwick. Applicants are strongly encouraged to identify a suitable host organisation, and academic and industry mentors to shape the proposal.
During the fellowship, the fellows are expected to undertake an exchange of up to three 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;
- Eligible applicants working in industry may apply to undertake an Innovation Fellowship at Warwick;
- Eligible non-British citizens may apply to undertake a short visit hosted at Warwick (and involve industry partners, where appropriate).
Duration of and number of Fellowships
The total budget available is £90K. The University of Warwick UKRI Innovation Fellowships will support exchanges between 1-3 months full time, or the equivalent time part time. 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.
The starting date for fellowships in the Autumn 2017 call is March 2018, although successful applicants requiring Tier 5 visas may need a later start date. There may be subsequent calls, dependent on availability of funds. Fellowships must complete by 31 March 2019.
A proportion of the funding available (25%) has been ring-fenced as part of the Rutherford Fund to support non-British citizens to move to, or remain in, the UK.
The funding may be used to support directly incurred (e.g. staff, travel and subsistence, consumables) and directly allocated costs (e.g. investigator and estate costs), as required at 100% FEC. Indirect costs are not eligible.
Examples of expected costs include:
- Eligible applicants currently working at Warwick applying to undertake an Innovation Fellowship at an industry partner may request directly incurred costs such as travel and subsistence* to visit the industry partner and consumables; and appropriate directly allocated costs, including investigator time and estates costs.
Salary costs are eligible for Fellowships to be held following completion of a grant-funded position.
Salary costs are eligible but if the applicant is already working on another Research Grant we will require that funder’s approval to extend the project to cover the break in their appointment.
- Eligible applicants currently working in industry applying to undertake an Innovation Fellowship at Warwick may request directly incurred costs such as travel and subsistence* to visit Warwick and consumables; and directly allocated costs, including investigator time and estates costs for the time at Warwick. Successful candidates will be granted visiting research fellow status; it is expected that they will still be employed by their employer therefore salary costs are not eligible.
- Eligible non-British citizens from outside Warwick applying to undertake short term exchange and research collaborations hosted at Warwick (and involve industry partners, where appropriate) may request: directly incurred costs such as travel and subsistence*, and consumables; and directly allocated costs, including investigator time and estates costs. It is expected that they will still be employed by their employer therefore salary costs are not eligible. Successful candidates will be granted visiting research fellow status and, if a visa is required, will be under a Tier 5 (Temporary Worker) GAE scheme (see FAQs).
* Travel, subsistence, accommodation etc. must be receipted and claimed via expenses, and receipts would be required. For Innovation Fellows from overseas and granted visiting research fellow status to further their research, it is possible to provide a maximum of £35 per day as a contribution to living expenses.
In all circumstances, Academic and industry mentors will be able to guide on costs, along with the relevant R&IS staff.
Who can apply?
Postdoctoral researchers, and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows or equivalent from industry.
Applicants should hold a PhD or full time equivalent research experience, but not hold, or have held, an academic position at Lecturer level (or the equivalent in institutions).
It is expected that applicants will have active postdoctoral research experience or equivalent from industry prior to application.
Please refer to the BBSRC David Phillips Fellows website for more information on eligibility.
The University of Warwick UKRI Innovation Fellowships are primarily aimed at post-doctoral researchers in the early stages of their career who wish to establish an independent career by developing their own research ideas and networks with academia and industry. Please refer to the FAQs for further information and guidance for non EEA and Swiss applications regarding visas.
When and How to Apply
- Applications can only be submitted to research_impact at warwick dot ac dot uk.
- Applications will not be accepted by any other means.
- All applications must contain a CV and a completed Supporting Document template (available on the Research and Impact Services website).
- Applications which do not conform to the requirements specified will be disqualified.
- Your named mentors should also submit the Mentor comment form, see FAQs, to research_impact at warwick dot ac dot uk by the deadline.
- All applications should be in English.
- No modifications or alterations to the application will be permitted after submission.
- UPDATED: The deadline for the main call was 12/01/2018. Following this, applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a monthly basis. The scheme will close once all fellowships are allocated. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.
Any applications which do not conform to these requirements will be disqualified from the review process. Please refer to the FAQs for further information.
Application Process and Evaluation
Supporting the selection process is a Review Panel.
All applications submitted by the deadline will undergo an eligibility check by the R&IS administration. The check will assess the applicant meets the research experience, and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund or Rutherford Fund requirements and that application complies with the specifications set out above.
All eligible applications will then be sent out to a Review Panel. The Review Panel will be briefed on the evaluation criteria and selection process and be required to complete an assessment of the applications that takes into consideration a range of criteria designed to evaluate the excellence of the project, the potential of the researcher to deliver original, independent work with the vision and creativity to develop their profile in a context of international and cross-sectoral research leaders.
The Review panel reserves the right to invite applicants for interview for larger applications over a threshold value.
Main call stage
Call for applications open
23:59 (UK time) 12/01/2018
Applications sent out for review
Notification of successful/unsuccessful candidates
UPDATED: Fellowships must be completed by 31st March 2019. Following the main call, applications can be submitted at any time and will be reviewed on a monthly basis. The scheme will close once all fellowships are allocated. Applicants are therefore encouraged to submit applications as early as possible.
At application stage, applicants must identify any potential ethical issues arising from their work. Successful applicants will have to secure the necessary ethical approvals from the appropriate national and/or local ethics committees before any work can begin. Further information on Research Integrity can be found at https://warwick.ac.uk/services/ris/research_integrity/.
Reporting and Governance
Successful applicants will be asked to sign a contract setting out the agreed objectives for the interchange project as outlined in the application, governance and reporting requirements. Confidentiality agreements will be put in place, as appropriate.
Innovation Fellows will be asked to provide the following reports:
- Brief monthly updates of activities and outputs during the Innovation Fellowship
- An end of project report
- Receipt of BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account award and outputs must be recorded on ResearchFish, linked to the BBSRC grants the work is associated with.
- A short 12 month follow up report
For enquiries regarding the University of Warwick UKRI Innovation Fellowships: BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Accounts, please contact k dot irgin at warwick dot ac dot uk or research_impact at warwick dot ac dot uk