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Schemes for Engineers in Research and Development

Senior Research Fellowships: Eligibility

Research Areas

The programme of research can be in any area of engineering, and we particularly welcome proposals which are multidisciplinary. It should be noted that whilst the research programme will align closely with the interests of the industrial sponsor, it should not be solely for the benefit of that sponsor but should be at a pre-competitive level which will also attract the support of other organisations.

Host university and incumbent

Awards are only tenable in UK universities, and should normally be held within the Faculty of Engineering or its equivalent. Incumbents should be qualified engineers, appointable at Senior Lecturer/Reader level, and able to demonstrate strong engineering research experience and the ability to attract both other researchers and research income. The incumbent will be required to establish or enhance an engineering research group and to build research income from a range of sources (e.g. Research Councils, industry, European Commission).

Industrial sponsor

The industrial sponsor must be a UK-based organisation. A maximum of two industrial sponsors is allowable, and in such circumstances the second might be based outside the UK. The industrial sponsor should be identified by the host university and is required to provide to that university a letter of support outlining its interests in the research area and its intended financial support for the Fellowship. Following an Award and appointment, the industrial sponsor is expected to take an active role in guiding the research programme and to be a member of a Steering Group for the incumbent.

In special circumstances the “industrial sponsor“ might be another funding body such as a charity, Government Department or Research Council. In such cases the funding body is subject to the same terms and conditions as an industrial sponsor.


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