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Industry Fellowships

This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

Bicontinuous, interfacially jammed emulsion gel capsule. Image credit: Dr Paul Clegg, Industry Fellow

This scheme is for academic scientists who want to work on a collaborative project with industry and for scientists in industry who want to work on a collaborative project with an academic organisation.

It aims to enhance knowledge transfer in science and technology between those in industry and those in academia in the UK.

The scheme provides a basic salary for the researcher and a contribution towards research costs.

The scheme is currently funded by the Royal Society, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and Rolls-Royce plc.

Am I eligible to apply?

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • have a PhD or are of equivalent standing in your profession
  • hold a permanent post in a university, not-for-profit research organisation or industry in the UK
  • are at a stage in your career when you would particularly benefit from establishing or strengthening personal or corporate links between academia and industry as a foundation for long-term collaboration and development

Applications involving spin-offs or small companies are encouraged. You should clearly state how the fellowship will benefit the not-for-profit research organisation, especially in cases where you have financial involvement within the company. You should also state which complementary skills the employees at the company can offer.

Before applying, please ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements, which are explained in the scheme notes.

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The scheme provides the applicant’s basic salary while on secondment. The employing organisation continue to pay national insurance and pension contributions.

Research expenses may be claimed up to the value of £2,000 per year. Awards can be for any period up to two years full-time or a maximum of four years pro rata, i.e. an award could be held at 50% part-time for four years enabling fellows to maintain links with their employing institution more easily.

The Royal Society and Society of Chemical Industry PhD studentships

The Society is collaborating with the Society of Chemical Industry to provide some successful Industry Fellowship applicants with funding for a PhD studentship. The source of this funding is the legacy of Dr Sydney Andrew a former Fellow of the Royal Society and Member of the Society of Chemical Industry. Applicants from academia may apply for a PhD studentship as part of their Industry Fellowship application only if their research is:

  • Within the remit of the Society of Chemical Industry;
  • In an area of science which although of importance in agriculture and the chemical industry nevertheless receives scant attention from academic research.

Funding has been made available for one PhD studentship per year. More information about eligibility criteria and the value of the Society of Chemical Industry PhD studentship will be available in the scheme notes.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic grant application system (e-GAP). Applications are initially assessed by Industry Fellowship panel members and a shortlist is drawn up. Shortlisted applications are then sent for independent review and are finally considered at a panel meeting, together with their nominated and independent references.

It is expected that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application 4 months after the closing date.

Case studies

Dr Gavin Andrew

Professor Verity Brown

Dr James Curran

Professor Verity Brown