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[Closes 4 Aug 2017] Call open for EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards and Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

last modified May 26, 2017 06:28 PM
The IAA aims to establish closer working partnerships between researchers and business and two schemes of potential relevance to SynBio SRI members are now open to applications

EPSRC IAA Partnership Development Awards 

The IAA aims to establish closer working partnerships between researchers and business. Partnership Development Awards will pump-prime collaborations with industry partners. The fund is open to research projects within EPSRC remit, and linked to previous EPSRC funded research, which will kick-start collaborations with companies who have significant potential to become new business partners for the University.

Typically, the Award will fund an initial project of interest to a new industrial partner, which will create the basis for a larger and longer-term collaboration which could attract funding either from the company or other external sources (for example Innovate UK). Evidence of real involvement from the industry partner in the project should be provided in the proposal and support letter including estimates of cash or in-kind contributions. Projects with existing company partners, such as spin-outs or companies which have previously sponsored research within the same Department or research group, are unlikely to be supported.

Projects will be short-term (3-6 months) and of up to £50 000 in value. Any costs over £50 000, or to enable the project to continue beyond six months are expected to be contributed by the industry partner.

Projects aligned with the Strategic Research Initiatives and Strategic Research Networks are particularly welcomed. A full list of Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks can be found at www.cam.ac.uk/research/research-at-cambridge/strategic-research-initiatives-networks

Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

Funds are available to support 3-12 month Knowledge Transfer Fellowships to transfer knowledge and expertise linked to EPSRC research between the University and a partner company. The Fellowship will fund a researcher or member of academic staff to undertake a secondment to a business or other partner organisation. Fellowships are also open to company employees to spend time working in a University department to facilitate knowledge transfer.

The exchange of people between industry and academia creates a two-way flow of knowledge and expertise, allowing both partners to benefit from new perspectives and insights. Researchers can gain great career benefit from spending time in industry to understand the different needs and culture of commercial organisations, making useful links and contacts for the future. Potential applicants are advised to consult the Secondments – Lessons from Practice guide.

For more information visit the EPSRC IAA web pages >>

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