Applications for this scheme are now closed and will be open in January 2020.

What is the aim of the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship scheme?

What is expected of awardees?

How will any resulting intellectual property rights be assigned?

Who can apply for a UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship?

How do I apply?

What is the duration of a UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship?

In which areas must the proposed research lie?

Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

What will the Government Office for Science contribute?

When is the closing date for applications for this application round?

Can the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship be extended after the initial two-year period?

Will a mentor be available?

Further information 

 

What is the aim of the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship scheme?

These Fellowships are designed to promote unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities.

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What is expected of awardees?

  • To carry out unclassified basic research that is directly use to the Intelligence Community. 
  • Publish the results of their research in high quality peer reviewed journals. 

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How will any resulting intellectual property rights be assigned?

The Government Office for Science would normally expect right of use of any intellectual property generated during the course of the research fellowship. The Academy will not own or be granted a licence under any intellectual property rights relating to or resulting from the research fellowship. All rights, title and interests in the forground intellectual property shall be owned by the awardee's host university.   

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Who can apply for a UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship?

Early career researchers from all branches of science and engineering who have up to four years postdoctoral experience.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted via the Academy's online grants management system.

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What is the duration of a UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship?

The Fellowships are fully funded for two years in the first instance. An optional third year of research may be funded subject to the quality of further research proposed and the availability of funding. 

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In which areas must the proposed research lie?

Applications are invited from any science discipline, but must address one of the research topics listed in the Applicant Guidance

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Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

Applicants have no nationality restrictions. The host Institution of the research fellowship will be responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs. 

No security vetting is required as part of the Research Fellowship scheme, but by applying to this scheme the applicant is agreeing to be vetted if it becomes necessary during the Research Fellowship. Applicants are asked to declare any reasons why they might not be eligible to work in this area (see Statement of Support and Declaration in the application form). For non-UK citizens, applicants should be aware that there is a 5-year continuous residency requirement prior to the commencement of the Research Fellowship.

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What will the Goverment Office for Science contribute?

The Goverment Office for Science will fund up to £100,000 per year at 80% of Full Economic Costs. Each application is capped at a maximum grant of £200,000 over a 2-year period. 

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When is the closing date for this application round?

4pm Monday 01 April 2019

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Can the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship be extended after the initial two-year period?

An optional third year of research may be funded depending on the avaliability of funding and if the project warrants a third year of funding.

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Will a mentor be available?

UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows will be provided with a RAEng Mentor, a Fellow of the Academy, who will provide support and advice throughout the Research Fellowship. The role of the Mentor is to monitor the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellow to provide independent expert advice and guidance on their research and their career development.

UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows will also be supplied with an Intelligence Community Advisor (IC Advisor) who will advise the Awardee and the University Research Advisor on the project.

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Further information

All questions should be sent to the research team .