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Knowledge Transfer Fellowships

Funds are available to support 3-10 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 placement within 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.

Who can apply

Outward Fellowships: Academic staff, postdoctoral research staff and completing PhD students can be considered for a Fellowship.  Fellowship applications are particularly welcomed from completing PhD students and post-doctoral researchers to transfer the results of their research into a partner company or other organisation.  PhD students/PDRAs are recommended to consult their supervisor as the first step in applying for a Fellowship. PhD students must have submitted their thesis before commencing the Fellowship.

Inward Fellowships: Applications are invited from academic staff to host a named industry contact in their Department for a 3-10 month Fellowship.

Applicants need not personally have been previously funded by an EPSRC grant or studentship. However the field of work must fall within EPSRC remit and the proposal must demonstrate how knowledge and expertise linked to EPSRC research will be transferred between the University and the partner company.  An appropriate collaboration agreement covering IP terms must be signed between the Fellow, University and company before the Fellowship begins.

Eligible Costs

Outward Fellowships: Staff costs (full- or part-time) for the Fellow plus travel and subsistence can be included up to a maximum of £60 000.

Inward Fellowships: Travel and subsistence, consumables, and other direct costs can be supported up to a maximum of £60 000.  NB IAA funds cannot be used for employment costs of the incoming Fellow as they will continue to be employed by their existing employer.

In all cases funds cannot be used for patent costs, estates costs, indirect costs or capital items of equipment. Full Economic Costing (FEC) must be used when completing the form. Please consult with your departmental finance team to obtain an X5 costing for your proposal. The spend on these awards must be completed by 30th September 2015 latest or funds will be returned to EPSRC.

Application process

Fellowship applications should be submitted by a Principal Investigator, on behalf of the proposed Fellow if he/she is not a PI. Interested applicants should email researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk as soon as possible to register their expression of interest and by 8th September  2014 latest.   Please check with your Department whether any earlier internal closing date applies.

The deadline for full proposals will be 29th September 2014. The bids will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary selection panel of academics with commercial experience.

Proposal Requirements

The proposal document should consist of no more than 4 sides of A4 text outlining the rationale and plan for the Fellowship to include:

  • Brief explanation of underpinning research and link to previous EPSRC funding
  • Details of the knowledge/expertise to be transferred both to and from the University
  • Work-plan for Fellowship
  • Details of resources to be committed by the partner company
  • Expected benefits to the Fellow, the company and the Department/University
  • X5 reference number

Plus:

  • 0.5 page outlining the proposed budget
  • A letter of support from the company partner, confirming support for the details of the Fellowship
  • A letter or email from the applicant's supervisor/Head of Department as applicable to confirm support
  • Optional - a project plan in the form of a GANTT chart or equivalent

Any questions regarding the scheme arrangements should be directed to researchstrategy@admin.cam.ac.uk.