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Short Industry Fellowship

A scheme to enable scientists employed in industry or academia to have shorter more dynamic engagements between academia and industry, working on a mutually beneficial and collaborative project.

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Collaborations between academia and early-stage companies are particularly encouraged.  It is anticipated that the personal and corporate links established by the researcher between the two sectors in the UK will seed longer-term collaborations and contribute to their long-term future development.

Secondments can be held for a period of between three and six months full time, or up to 12 months part time.

These appointments are funded by the Royal Society.

For longer term collaborative projects between industry and academia, see the Industry Fellowship.

Am I eligible to apply?

The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine. Projects at any stage from fundamental science to industrial innovation will be supported.

You can apply for this scheme if you:

  • hold a PhD or are of equivalent standing in your profession
  • hold a permanent post in either a UK university, UK not-for-profit research organisation or UK industry.

Applicants are limited to one resubmission, and it should be within one year of the original submission. Subsequent resubmissions will not be eligible.

We encourage applications involving small companies and/or early stage companies provided they have a well-established research team and facilities. Self-employed consultants are not eligible to apply as the industrial partner.

Applicants cannot have concurrent applications detailing similar projects submitted to both The Royal Society Industry Fellowship and The Royal Society Short Industry Fellowship rounds at the same time. Please contact the Grants Team on any queries regarding eligibility.

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 continues to pay national insurance and pension contributions.

Research expenses may be claimed up to a value of £1,000.

Awards can be for a minimum of three months or up to six months full-time or pro rata, i.e. could be held at 50% part-time for up to 12 months enabling fellows to maintain links with their employing institution more easily.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Royal Society’s electronic grant application system (Flexi-Grant®). Applications are initially reviewed by members of the Industry Fellowship panel and then shortlisted. The shortlisted applications are reviewed by the Panel Chair and the final decision is made.

It is expected that applicants will be notified of the final outcome in August 2018.