What is the Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme?

Who can apply?

What are the benefits of the programme?

What does the programme fund?

What are the key dates to know?

Review process

How do I apply?

Can I submit more than one proposal/application in an application round?

Can I reapply?

What reporting requirements are expected of me throughout the duration of the award?

Who to contact for more information?


What is the Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme?

CiET is a 10-year scheme that is seeking to identify global research visionaries. The scheme is seeking to support emerging technology with high potential to deliver economic and social benefit to the UK.

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Who can apply?

Applications can be academics from across a broad range of engineering and technology areas. The applicant must be hosted at a UK university for the 10-year duration of the award. For further support please refer to our guidance notes, which contain a lot more information about eligibility for the scheme.

It is often the nature of an emerging technology that its potential is not widely appreciated until championed by a visionary individual who can set out clearly the opportunities it offers. Thus, this call is deliberately broad and open, and we encourage applications that make a case for disruptive innovation in well-established areas or overlooked fields as well as new emerging technologies.

Proof of concept must be established, however, beyond this we are not prescriptive about the Technology Readiness Level or similar assessment of innovation readiness expected of applications. We do require a clear ten-year research vision underpinning the proposal that will make a significant difference to how the emerging technology is taken forward and the consequential economic and social benefit to the UK.

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What are the benefits of the programme?

In addition to the value of £2,780,000 over ten years, awardees will receive the following:

  • Mentors, who are Fellows of the Academy, with expertise of relevance to the programme of research, to provide independent advice and guidance throughout the duration of the award
  • Networking and training opportunities with and through the Academy’s Fellowship and events programme
  • Support for Tier One (Exceptional Talent) visa for applicants based outside the UK

 

​Is the programme FEC?

​Yes.

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What does the programme fund?

The award can be used flexibly to enable sustained focus on advancing the technology to application in a strategic manner towards some, or all, of the following categories: 

  • Employment costs of Chair, calculated at 80% of direct costs (salary and on-costs). Plus up to 80% of the associated indrect and estates cost, as calculated under the fEC methodology for that one FTE
  • Research staff, calculated at 80% fEC (including direct employment costs, estates and indirect costs) 
  • Technical support, calculated at 80% fEC (including direct employment costs, estates and indirect costs) 
  • Costs for research students, covering a stipend and the UK student fee
  • Research expenses, including equipment, counsumables or similar, calculated at 100% direct cost (Note that for any equipment worth over £10k funded from the grant, the Academy must give permission for any disposal or change of use to be used primarily outside the programme work proposed.)
  • Training or similar costs for the Chair, calculated at 100% direct cost, that supports leadership (e.g. mentoring, media/public engagement, policy influencing are considered eligible costs)

The Academy does not cover the costs of an apprentice levy on any of its grants.  

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​What does the programme not fund?

We will not fund through 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.

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What are the key dates to know?

Frequency of award cycle

This is the last call under the current 2018-2021 Investment in Research Talent funding cycle. Future Chair in Emerging Technologies calls are yet to be confirmed. 

 

Timeline of application process

  • Stage 1: Initial Core Panel decisions announced in early April 2020
  • Stage 2: Expert Reviews completed by end of May 2020
  • Stage 3: Shortlisting Panel decisions announced by mid-June 2020 
  • Stage 4: Interviews 8 and 9 July 2020
  • Awards made by end of July 2020 

 

Start date of award

The current round must commence in October 2020, and end in September 2030.

 

Duration of award

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.

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Review process

Please see the guidance notes for this.

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How do I apply?

Applications are submitted through the Academy's grant management system

Can I submit more than one proposal/application in an application round?

Applicants may only submit one proposal per round.

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Can I reapply?

Unsuccessful applicants may resubmit once.

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What reporting requirements will be expected of me throughout the duration of the award?

Awardees are expected to submit an annual progress report as well as attend an annual review meeting. In the fifth year, awardees attend a mid-year review to determine the process of commercialisation and whether project will continue to be funded over next 5 years, with a panel consisting of the scheme’s Steering Group.

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Who should I contact for more information?

Keir Bonnar, Programme Manager.

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