Applications for this scheme are now open: the deadline is 4pm Thursday 5 October 2017.

Eligibility criteria

  • All projects must commence on 1 March 2018, and end on 29 February 2028. Applications with alternative dates will not be eligible.
  • Applicants who haven’t been awarded a Professorial title, but have demonstrated research achievements such that they would be strongly considered for Professorial promotion at present, are eligible to apply. In supporting the submission, the university is understood to be affirming this.
  • Awards can only be held at a university, or jointly between the university and an organisation (e.g. national laboratory, research institute, or innovation organisation), based in the UK. The Academy’s contract will exclusively be with the university.
  • A letter of appointment from the university (which may be conditional on receipt of the award) must be provided if the applicant is currently based outside the UK university system.
  • All applications must include a letter of support from a Dean, Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research, or someone in a similar position, clearly outlining university’s commitment to supporting the emerging technology field, and, the applicant as a global leader of the field. The expected contents of this letter are detailed in the guidance note.
  • Applications are welcome from across a broad remit of engineering and technology, including areas currently considered basic science, but now require new ways of thinking to drive them towards application, and in areas where technologies are well-established but could be significantly improved by novel approaches.
  • Applications must be centred on enabling and driving technological innovation. Therefore, proposals whose vision is primarily around scientific advance for its own sake are not appropriate to this scheme.
  • All applications must make a clear case for long-term sustained strategic support for the technology programmes. Thus, the proposal must cover a long-term vision that shows the value of the entire 10 years of appointment. Similarly, proposals whose innovation benefits are fully realisable from separate shorter duration projects are not appropriate and will not be supported.
  • We will not fund through this route activities that are primarily aimed at addressing the clearly articulated needs of a single industry partner over the next five years and would be more appropriate for our Research Chairs/Senior Research Fellows scheme. Existing RAEng Research Chairs are eligible to apply, but will need to show how their strategic vision is compatible with existing commitments to industrial partners and that their salary will not be double-funded by the Academy.
  • The duration of the award is up to 10 years – initial 5 years with the possibility of extension for a further 5 years following a full review of award holder’s achievements and outcomes, and the project’s potential for commercialisation and impact over the next 5 years.
  • Applications that are incomplete or do not adhere to the guidelines may be rejected.