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?

Can I submit two ideas?

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?

The Royal Academy of Engineering Industrial Fellowships scheme enables mid-career academics and industrialists to undertake a collaborative research project in either an industrial or academic environment, where one party would host the other. The scheme aims to strengthen the strategic relationship between industry and academia by providing an opportunity to establish or enhance collaborative research between the two parties.

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Who can apply?

Applicants can be of any nationality. Applicants with both new and existing partnerships are eligible to apply. SME and medium-sized industrial organisations are welcome to particularly apply.

For academia to industry fellowships, applicants should be 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.

For industry to academia fellowships, applicants must hold a permanent post in the UK in an industrial organisation and should be degree qualified or have a professional qualification, such as being a chartered engineer. Typically it is expected that applicants for this fellowship option will have at least 5 years of relevant accumulated experience of working in engineering industry.

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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
  • It is expected that the fellowship will allow industrialists to establish and strengthen corporate and personal links and enhance knowledge transfer in engineering with academia
  • 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

In this round, the Academy’s contribution will be capped at a maximum of £50k per annum (excluding overheads). Awards which exceed 1 year in duration will be capped at £100k.

Individuals with fellowships lasting longer than 1 year 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 on the fellowship.

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​What does the programme not fund?

It is expected that the successful university/industrial organisation will use the salary savings to support the award, for example by paying for a replacement or contributing to travel and accommodation costs.

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 six months to two years full-time or 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 and assessed by a Selection Panel comprising of Fellows of the Academy and co-opted experts as deemed necessary. They will take into account a number of factors, including:

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.

For “academia to industry fellowship” applications the reviews are based on the following factors:

  1. Research track record of the candidate
  2. Quality of the proposed collaborative research project
  3. The potential for impact upon student learning and employability
  4. The strategic benefits and sustainability
  5. Exploitation of results

For “industry to academia fellowship” applications the reviews are based on the following factors:

  1. Research track record of the candidate
  2. Track record of industrial organisation
  3. Quality of the proposed collaborative research project
  4. Potential research impact
  5. The strategic benefits and sustainability
  6. Exploitation of results

Applicants will be notified whether their application has been successful in June 2020. All awards are expected to start their fellowship by September 2020.

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How do I apply?

Before applying, please carefully read the guidance notes found on our How to apply page.

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.

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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. Does this mean that I have to give up all my responsibilities (i.e. teaching or core business related duties)?

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 with other duties 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 on the fellowship.

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

For academia to industry fellowships:

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 (please refer to figures 1 and 2 of the guidance notes). Applicants who are looking to collaborate with an SME are encouraged to apply.

For industry to academia fellowships:

The industrial organisation of individuals applying for this fellowship option must contribute an additional  (minimum of) 40% of the total award value. This can include in-kind and cash contributions.

(This means that for an award of £100K, the industrial organisation would be expected to contribute an additional £40K)

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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 industrial 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), 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 two years 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 1 year).

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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 two years full/part-time, the Academy will only contribute up to a maximum of £100,000 for any fellowship which exceeds 1 year in duration (or up to a maximum of £50,000 per annum).

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