Post-doctoral Enterprise Fellowships only:

  • Applicants must be working in research at a UK Higher Education Institute, at post-doctoral level or above, in an engineering department (or engineering focussed research area). PhD students are eligible to apply, but must receive their PhD before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.
  • The Host Institution must be committed to transferring and exploiting the particular technology via a spin-out, in which the Enterprise Fellow will be playing a leading role. If at the time of application, the Host Institution has not yet decided whether to exploit the technology by licensing to an industrial partner or to exploit via the spin-out route, the decision will need to be made to pursue the spin-out route before an applicant can be invited for interview.

Graduate Enterprise Fellowships only:

  • Applicants must be based in the UK and be currently studying for, or have been awarded a degree in engineering, or a related discipline, no earlier than 1 October 2011. i.e. they must have gained the degree in the last five years. Undergraduate students are eligible to apply, but must receive their degree before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn. Current students must receive their degree before they start the Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.
  • The Fellowship is intended for applicants who lack the support structure provided by well-established employers. Awardees cannot be employed by a university or well-established company during the period of the award. You may apply while employed by such an established organisation, but must leave the organisation prior to commencing the award. You may be employed by the start-up business to which the application relates, although it must still be in the start-up phase.

All applicants:

  • Applicants must show commitment to the objectives of the scheme and may only use the award to establish a business during the course of the Fellowship that develops an innovative product or service emerging from past research.
  • The proposed innovation must be an innovation or invention in engineering and/or technology. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields.
  • The proposed innovation must be at Technology Readiness Level four or above (see further guidance below), and able to reach the market within the next three years.
  • To maximise the potential benefit of the training and mentoring on offer, the innovation should still be in the early stages of development and not currently available to the market other than as a prototype/minimum viable product.
  • The innovation must be capable of being brought to market within three years of starting the Fellowship.
  • The applicant must have appropriate intellectual property rights to utilise the innovation as envisaged, be it through a patent, licence, trade secret etc.
  • Awardees are expected to spend the vast majority of their time pursuing the objectives of the award, as this is a full-time award.
  • Applicants should have a viable proposition with a large market opportunity and ambition to grow significantly to ensure that the engineering innovation becomes available to the public where it can be of societal benefit.
  • The awardee will be expected to play the leading role in the development of the business. Training is more beneficial and effective when there is a clear opportunity to put it into practice in the immediate future, which can only be achieved if you are in a leading role.
  • The Fellowship will not fund fundamental research work, irrespective of how closely it aligns with the aims of the Fellowship. You may however engage in limited product development.
  • Prior experience of commercialisation activities is not essential, the desire and capability to succeed is more important and we will equip you with the necessary skills through a programme of training and mentoring.
  • Only one application is allowed per applicant.
  • Only one application is allowed per start-up/innovation; please select an appropriate lead applicant.
  • Industrial researchers and establishments are not eligible.
  • Applications must be for a project or company which has not previously been in receipt of a Hub Fellowship, i.e. other staff associated with the project must not be former recipients of a Hub Enterprise Fellowship.
  • Any applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.
  • Applicants must be able to attend the interview in person, in December 2016 and January 2017 to be considered for award. The interviews will be held in central London.
  • The project under the Award must start between 1 February 2017 and 31 March 2017.
  • Assessment of an application will be at the Academy’s absolute discretion.