EEligibility criteria

  • Awards can only be held at UK universities.
  • Nominated: All such awards made in this round must start between June – August 2015.
  • Open competition: All such awards made in this round must start (new appointment in post) by 1 January 2016. Please note that the maximum time period allowable for recruitment is seven months.
  • Research Chairs are professorial appointments, so applicants should already be a professor or equivalent.
  • Senior Research Fellowships are senior academic appointments, so applicants should already be a Reader or Senior Lecturer level or equivalent.
  • Applications are welcome from any engineering discipline. Engineering is defined in its broadest sense, encompassing a wide range of diverse fields, including computer science and materials.
  • If you are unsure whether your collaborative research project falls within the Academy’s engineering remit area, please contact  Ms Tapsi Khambra (Programme Manager, Research).
  • The industrial sponsor must have a significant base in the UK. A maximum of two industrial sponsors per application are allowable.
  • The university is expected to have already identified an appropriate collaborative research project and secured the support of an industrial partner prior to submitting an application.
  • The industrial sponsor should contribute at least £250,000 towards this collaborative research project over the five-year period. The amount of funding the industrial sponsor is willing to contribute is an important assessment criterion.
  • The duration of an award is five years, on a full time basis. The industrial sponsor must commit to fund the entire five year period. Applications for shorter time periods will not be accepted.
  • In special circumstances the 'industrial sponsor' may be another funding body such as a charity or government department. In such cases, the funding body is subject to the same terms and conditions as an industrial sponsor, and must also demonstrate a suitable pathway to exploit and disseminate the results.
  • This research programme will naturally align with the interests of the industrial sponsor and its 'user-inspired research' should be underpinned by world-class basic research. This collaborative research proposal must be of mutual benefit to both industry and academic partners. Please note that it is not a contract research or consultancy agreement.
  • Applicants should be able to demonstrate an outstanding research profile including a proven track record in securing external grant income (RCUK, EU, industry, charities, etc) and developing collaborations.
  • The awardee will be required to establish or enhance a world leading engineering research group.

TThe Academy is committed to diversity and welcomes applications from women and other groups who are currently under-represented across engineering.