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Industrial Collaboration

Industrial Collaboration

Personnel exchange or placement

Royal Society Industry Fellowships
For those with permanent academic positions in the UK who want to spend time in industry or vice versa. Provides basic salary costs (not NI and pension), and research expenses up to £2K p.a., for up to 2 years full time or 4 years pro rata. Closing date for 2015 is 26 March.

Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Secondments Scheme
Funds for secondment into a UK industry host, in order to gain experience that will benefit teaching (the secondee can also pursue a research project at the same time). Provides salary cost paid pro-rata for the secondment period. Up to 6 months FT or 1 year PT. Annual call with January deadline.

EPSRC Knowledge Transfer Fellowships
Funding for 3-10 months for a PI or postdoc to undertake an industry placement linked to the outcomes of EPSRC-funded research. Covers staff costs, travel and subsistence, up to a maximum of £60K. Funding is also available to support a company employee to undertake a placement within the University.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
KTP is a Government-funded scheme to support academic-industry partnerships. Funds are provided for the company to employ a (jointly-recruited) graduate or postgraduate (the Associate), who is part-supervised by the academic, on a project of mutual research interest. Projects last 6-36 months. PIs receive 10% time at 100% fec, whilst companies contribute one third (for an SME) to one half (for a large company) of the cost of employing the Associate. The University has a dedicated KTP advisor who can help with putting together an application. Andrea can put you in touch with her.

Joint projects

EPSRC Partnership Development Awards
Internal funding from the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account, to support new partnerships with industry. Awards are for 3-6 months, and for up to £50K. Several deadlines annually, but applications must be preceeded by an Expression of Interest (seperate deadline).

Innovate UK
The aim of Innovate UK (previously the TSB, Technology Strategy Board) is to help UK businesses develop new products and services. They run themed funding competitions throughout the year; bids must be led by a company, but academics can be partners. Be aware that specific calls tend to have quite short turnaround times, so funding is more likely to be appropriate if you already have a collaborative project and partner in mind.

Horizon 2020
H2020 is the EU's programme for research and innovation, running from 2014-2020 (and seperate from the European Research Council). Project funding is available across a wide range of themes, including ICT. Applicants must normally form consortia of at least 3 organisations from different EU Member States.

Google also offer Faculty Research Awards twice a year, which provide funding for one year to support a Research Student. Each funded project is assigned a sponsor from within the company, to support the project, engage with faculty and oversee collaboration between the project team and Google. 2105 deadlines are 15 April and 15 October.