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Royal Society Translation Award

This scheme is for scientists who wish to investigate the potential to commercialise an aspect of their research.

Am I eligible to apply?

Awards this round can be made in the following areas:

1. Royal Society ERA foundation Translation award in electro-technology

2. Royal Society Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation Translation awards – in biomedical science

3. Royal Society EPSRC Translation award for research in; the built environment, energy and clean technology, or nanoscience/nanotechnology.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • have a PhD or are of equivalent standing in your profession
  • hold a substantive post in either a university or a not-for-profit research organisation in the UK
  • expect to be in post for at least the duration of the project

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 an award of up to £50,000 (including VAT where applicable).

Awards are not expected to exceed 24 months in duration.

How many awards are available in this round?

Up to 3 awards funded by the Lord Leonard and Lady Estelle Wolfson Foundation are available for biomedical sciences projects. 

1 award funded by the ERA foundation is available for a project on electro-technology.

1 award funded by the EPSRC is available for research in either the built environment, energy and clean technology, or nanoscience/nanotechnology.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s grants and awards management system (Flexi-Grant®).

All applications are initially checked by the selection panel chair for eligibility and then reviewed by the members of the panel with the most appropriate scientific expertise.

Following this a shortlist is drawn up and shortlisted proposals are reviewed by two independent referees suggested by the panel.

The selection panel considers the candidates before reaching a decision.

Find out more about the Royal Society's Science and Industry programme.

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