What is the Industrial Fellowship scheme?

Who can apply?

What are the benefits of the programme?

What does the programme fund?

What are the key dates to know?

What is the review process?

How do I apply?

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

Who to contact for further information

I wish to apply for a part-time Fellowship. Can I continue to teach for part of the week or do I have to stop teaching altogether?

Can I have a Fellowship for longer than six months on a full-time basis?

Is the host organisation expected to contribute to the Industrial Fellow’s costs?

Can I go to a non-industrial host organisation?

Can I go on an Industrial Fellowship to more than one host organisation?

I have just started my Fellowship and have discovered that the costs of accommodation at the location of my host company are much greater than I expected. Would it be possible for the Academy to cover these?

I am unsure what information I should enter into the salary contribution section of my application. Should I enter my annual contribution as an annual figure? Or the full amount which covers the entire duration of my fellowship?

I am looking to hold a part-time fellowship which may last for longer than one year - how do I calculate my salary contribution?

I am looking to apply for a fellowship which may last for longer than one year. What’s the total amount that I could be awarded for my entire fellowship?


What is the Industrial Fellowship Scheme?

Industrial Fellowships provide the opportunity to gain industrial experience by working on a collaborative research project with industry. Fellowships are expected to result in significant improvements to teaching activities.

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Who can apply?

Applicants should be early to mid-career academics (lecturer, reader or equivalent). Professorial candidates are not eligible for this scheme. Applicants should hold a permanent academic post at a UK university.

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What are the benefits of the programme?

The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between the university and the industry host by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.

  • Companies can improve business performance through developing new techniques or technologies, de-risk investment in research, and extend the capabilities and expertise available to the business
  • For academics, these benefits can include the opportunity to address challenging research questions with real-world applications, see their research have tangible impacts and gain access to new skills, data or equipment. It also enables the academic to improve the quality and industrial relevance of their teaching.

The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships (IF) scheme enables early to mid-career academics to undertake a collaborative research project in an industrial environment.

In this round, the Academy’s contribution will be capped at a maximum of £50k per annum (excluding overheads) which equates to a total of £100k over 2 years. There is also Increased flexibility allowing awardees to hold a fellowship for up to four years part time.

Individuals with fellowships lasting 2 years (or more) will be provided with a mentor (a Fellow of the Academy) to provide independent expert advice and guidance on research related matters throughout the duration of the award.

Networking opportunities with and through the Academy’s Fellowship and events programme.

Training opportunities provided by the Academy.

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Is the programme FEC?

​No.

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What does the programme fund?

The award contributes to the basic salary cost (excluding overheads) of the applicant (including National Insurance and superannuation) paid pro rata against the amount of time to be spent at the industry host.

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​What does the programme not fund?

It is expected that salary savings (made from receiving the award) will be used by the university to support this award, for example by paying for a teaching replacement or contributing to travel and accommodation costs. The award only covers the individual’s basic salary. Any costs outside of this are excluded.

The Academy does not get involved in post-award negotiations related to the award values and any travel and other expenses should have been accurately assessed at the time of your application.

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What are the key dates to know?

Frequency of award cycle

The award is open once a year, usually opening in November and closing in February. This page is updated with specific dates each year.

 

Timeline of application process

  • Stage 1: Call for applications – November to February
  • Stage 2: Review period – February to April
  • Stage 3: Selection panel for all applications - May

 

Start date of award

All Fellowships awarded in the current round must start in September. 

 

Duration of award

Awards can be for three months to two years full-time or up to four years part-time. Fellowships can be held part time at a minimum of 25% full time equivalent.

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What is the review process?

Applications will be reviewed by members of the schemes Steering Group. For high volume calls other Fellows of the Academy may be asked to assist. There is only one stage for the review process, which is followed by a selection panel.

The full application will receive a minimum of two reviews. Reviewers will provide comments against each of the following assessment criteria, the overall quality of the application and a recommendation on whether the application should be shortlisted for funding.

  • Research track record of the candidate
  • Quality of the proposed collaborative research project
  • The potential for impact upon student learning and employability
  • Strategic benefits and sustainability

Other factors will be considered during the review process, such as the commitment of the industrial partner, which is usually shown through an in-kind or an appropriate cash contribution. The schemes guidance notes provide a clear breakdown of what is expected as well as information for possible exemptions.

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How do I apply?

Before applying, please carefully read the guidance notes below. 

Industrial Fellowships guidance notes

All applications must be submitted via the Academy's online Grant Management System.

Application Form (you must first register with the system and create a profile)

 

Can I submit two ideas?

No.

 

Can I reapply?

Resubmissions are not allowed. However, individuals are free to apply in subsequent rounds.

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

Awardees are responsible for ensuring that the knowledge and skills acquired through the Fellowship are appropriately disseminated and applied once the Fellowship has ended. A final report on the Fellowship is to be submitted to the Academy within one month of the completion of the award. A follow-up report must also be submitted to the Academy one year after the completion of the Fellowship to assess the longer-term impact.

The host organisation will also be required to contribute to reports. For Fellowships longer than 12 months, the awardee must submit an annual progress report to the Academy, which will be reviewed and evaluated.

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Who to contact for further information

Jorge Ospina, Programme Manager.

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I wish to apply for a part-time Industrial Fellowship. Can I continue to teach for part of the week or do I have to stop teaching altogether?

Fellowships may be held at a minimum of 25% part time. As long as you give a full commitment to the aims and objectives of your secondment for the required time, you may continue to teach during the rest of the week. Your intention to hold the secondment part-time must be declared as part of the application.

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Can I have an Industrial Fellowship for longer than six months on a full-time basis?

Yes. However, please note that the Academy will only contribute up to a maximum of £50,000 per annum towards the salary costs (excluding overheads) of the applicant paid pro-rata against the amount of time to be spent at the industry host.

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Is the host organisation expected to contribute to the Industrial Fellow’s costs?

Contributions towards costs from the host organisation, while not a compulsory part of the scheme, are expected. Industry hosts should demonstrate a level of commitment via an auditable in-kind contribution and/or an appropriate cash contribution. It is expected that this industrial contribution would be made proportionate to the size of the company (for more information please refer to figures 1 and 2 of the guidance notes).

Exceptions will be considered for smaller companies, where this would not necessarily be a requirement. These exceptions will be considered on a case by case basis at the full discretion of the Steering group (for both Route 1 and 2 applications [please refer to figures 1 and 2 of the guidance notes]). Applicants who are looking to collaborate with an SME are encouraged to apply.

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Can I go to a non-industrial host organisation?

Applications for Fellowships to non-industrial host organisations can be accepted providing that you can clearly demonstrate that the experience gained will be equivalent to working in industry and will impact directly on the courses the applicant teaches.

For example, Fellowships have been approved to a hospital where mechanical engineering techniques were applied to the treatment of spinal injury patients, and to a local authority for work in the area of environmental engineering. Fellowships to universities are not accepted.

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Can I go on an Industrial Fellowship to more than one host organisation?

Yes, if it can be demonstrated that this will provide added value to the Fellowship.

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I have just started my Fellowship and have discovered that the costs of accommodation at the location of my host company are much greater than I expected. Would it be possible for the Academy to cover those?

Unfortunately, no. The Academy does not get involved in post-award negotiations related to the award values and any travel and other expenses should have been accurately assessed at the time of your application.

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I am unsure what information I should enter into the salary contribution section of my application. Should I enter my annual contribution as an annual figure? Or the full amount which covers the entire duration of my fellowship?

If you are looking to hold your fellowship for more than one year (e.g. two years full-time/part-time or more), you must enter the full amount you wish to apply for which covers the entire duration of your fellowship (under the salary contribution section). Not the annual figure.

For example, if you wish to apply for a £30k per annum salary contribution and you wish to hold your fellowship for twoyears full-time, you must enter £60k in the salary contribution section of the application (this is calculated as the salary contribution length of fellowship). This applies to whatever amount you wish to apply for up to a maximum of £50,000 per annum (or up to £100,000 in total for fellowships over two years).

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I am looking to hold a part-time fellowship which may last for longer than one year - how do I calculate my salary contribution?

Please be reminded that the salary contribution is calculated as the basic salary (excluding overheads) paid pro-rata against the time to be spent on the industrial fellowship at the host. You must do this calculation yourself and enter the correct calculated amount into your online application.

For example, if you are planning on holding a 50% part-time fellowship for one year or less, and your salary is £50k, you must enter £25k into the salary contribution section of the application. The same calculation explained in the last point would apply if the duration of your part-time fellowship were to exceed one year.

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I am looking to apply for a fellowship which may last for longer than one year. What’s the total amount that I could be awarded for my entire fellowship?

Please note that although fellowships can be held for up to four years part-time, the Academy will only contribute up to a maximum of £100,000 for any fellowship which exceeds two years’ full time (up to a maximum of £50,000 per annum).

Therefore, if you were to apply for a four year part-time fellowship, the total amount that you could be awarded would only be £100,000 for the entire fellowship, which is equivalent to the maximum award for a two year full-time fellowship. Therefore, you must enter the full £100,000 under the salary contribution section, not the annual figure of £25k (assuming that this is what you are applying for).

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