What is the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship scheme?

Who can apply?

What are the benefits of the programme?

What does the programme fund?

What are the key dates?

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

Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

What will the Government Office for Science contribute?

How will any resulting intellectual property rights be assigned?

Will you help me find a host institution in the UK so that I can apply?

Can Research Fellowships be held at an industrial institution?

Can the Research Fellowship be extended?

 

What is the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellowship scheme?

The Government Office for Science offers UK Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowships to support early career researchers in unclassified basic research in areas of interest to the intelligence, security and defence communities.

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Who can apply?

Early-career researchers worldwide with a PhD, which was awarded no more than four years before the submission deadline. PhD students are eligible to apply, but must have been awarded their PhD (or the PhD must have been unconditionaly approved) before they start the Research Fellowship or the offer will be withdrawn.

There is no nationality and age restrictions for applicants, but Research Fellowships must be held at a UK higher education institution/university in a department that can show it is capable of fully supporting the research project and researcher. To meet the requirement of security vetting, for non-UK or non-EU citizens, applicants must have a 5-year continuous residency in the UK prior to the commencement of the Research Fellowship.

In addition, the applicant must not hold a permanent academic position.

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What are the benefits of the programme?

Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £200,000 for 2 years. The host institution is responsible for providing the remaining costs. For further details on the resources requested, please see the applicant guidance notes available on the how to apply page.

In addition to the financial support, the scheme also provides mentoring support from an Academy Fellow and training and networking opportunities. The Research Fellows will also be supplied with an Intelligence Community (IC) Advisor who will advise the Research Fellows and the University Research Advisor on the project.

 

Is the programme fEC?

The funding is at 80% of full economic costs.

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What does the programme fund?

The funding includes directly incurred costs (e.g. salary, travel and subsistence, other costs), directly allocated costs (e.g. estates) and indirect costs. For further details on the resources requested, please see the applicant guidance notes available on the how to apply page.

 

What does the programme not fund?

There are limits on the requested costs (e.g. unless the need for significant comptuting power can be justified no computer should cost more than £1,500 and you shoulod not request more that two computers; no single item of equipment or upgrade to existing equipment should cost more than £3,000). For further details on the resources requested, please see the applicant guidance notes available on the how to apply page.

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What are the key dates to know?

Frequency of award cycle

Applications are open once a year, usually opening in January and closing in April. There is one application round each year.

 

Timeline of review process

Applications review will take place between April – June. Applicants will be informed of the result by July.

 

Start date of award

Research Fellowships that are awarded in 2020 round must start between 1 October 2020 and 1 December 2020, unless otherwise advised by the Academy.

 

Duration of award

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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What is the assessment process?

Applications will be assessed by a review panel consisting of the UK government intelligence, security and defence community members (under the auspices of the Government Office for Science). The panel will provide comments against each assessment criteria, on the overall quality of the application and make a recommendation on whether the applicant should be funded. For further details on the assessment criteria, please see the applicant guidance notes available on the how to apply page.

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How do I apply?

Applications must be submitted via the Academy's online grants management system. Please read the how to apply page before attempting to complete the application.

 

Can I submit two ideas?

No.

 

Can I reapply?

Applicants who have applied to this scheme before and were unsuccessful are eligible to reapply.

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

Applications are invited from any science discipline, but must address one of the research topics listed in the applicant guidance notes

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Who to contact for further information?

Chung-Chin Kao, Programme Manager.

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Are there nationality or other eligibility restrictions?

There are no nationality and age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for securing all necessary work permits and related costs for the UK IC Postdoctoral Research Fellows.

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 or non-EU 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 the 2-year period. 

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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 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 foreground intellectual property shall be owned by the awardee's host university.   

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Will you help me find a host institution in the UK so that I can apply?

It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the host institution and gain the formal approval from the relevant head of department or school before submitting the application.

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Can Research Fellowships be held at an industrial institution?

Research Fellowships cannot be held at industrial institutions. However, research may be carried out with an industrial collaborator, providing the research is relevant to the programme of Research Fellowships.

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Can the Research Fellowship be extended?

Extensions beyond two years are not permitted except extenuating circumstance (e.g. maternity, paternity, sick leave and caring responsibility).

If the project warrants a third year of research and the research fellow, University Research Advisor and IC Advisor concur, the research fellow is required to submit a supplemental research proposal. The proposal should not exceed three pages and must be emailed to the Academy no later than 1 January of the second year. This submission does not replace the annual reporting requirement. The third-year extension will be based on the quality of the research proposed and the availability of funding.

There are limits on the requested costs (e.g. no computer should cost more than £1,500 and no single item of equipment or upgrade to existing equipment should cost more than £3,000). Further details of the resources requested, please see the section of completing the application form in the applicant guidance document, available on the how to apply page.

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