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?
Research must be within the Royal Society’s remit of natural sciences, which includes but is not limited to biological research, chemistry, engineering, mathematics and physics. For a full list, please see the breakdown of subject groups and areas supported by the Royal Society. The Royal Society does not cover clinical medicine (such as patient orientated research and clinical trials), social sciences or humanities, other than when working in partnership with organisations.
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
The applicant can request their postdoctoral researcher to work on the collaborative project at the partner organisation. Applicants in this instance must ensure their nominated postdoctoral researcher has sufficient tenure in their post to cover the duration of the fellowship. The applicant will be expected to lead the collaborative project.
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.
We also actively seek applicants from underrepresented groups to increase the diversity of our grant holders with a focus on improved gender balance, greater representation from BAME groups and wider UK institutional reach.
Applicants are limited to one resubmission, and it should be within one year of the original submission. Subsequent resubmissions will not be eligible.
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 and/or their postdoctoral researcher'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 4 months after the closing date.