This scheme is currently open for applications until 4pm, 3 September 2020


You must discuss your proposal with your Dean/Pro Vice-Chancellor, the research grants office and the industrial co-sponsor before submitting an application.

Application form (via online grant system – you must first register with the system and create a profile)


The 2020/21 Applicant Guidance notes are available below. Applicants are advised to refer to these guidance notes when completing their application online.

Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships guidance notes (532.90 KB)


​Selection Process

Expert Review: The full application will receive a minimum of three expert reviews (usually Fellows of the Academy). Reviewers will provide comments against each of the following assessment criteria, the overall quality of the application and a recommendation on whether they should proceed to interview.

  • Quality of the candidate
  • Quality of the collaborative research programme
  • Strength of the strategic partnership
  • Beneficiaries and impact

Sift panel: Applications will then be considered by the sift panel, consisting of Academy Fellows, who will rank the applications and select candidates for interview. Each applicant will be considered by two panel members, one with expertise in your area and one without. Those applicants not asked to attend an interview will be informed of this decision as soon as possible following the sift panel’s decision.

Interview: The interviews (50 minutes) will be conducted by a generalist panel consisting of three Academy Fellows. The candidate, their pro-vice chancellor (Research) and/or dean and a representative from the industry sponsor are required to attend the interview. Panellists will provide comments against the assessment criteria outlined above. The ranking of candidates during the preceding sift panels will have no bearing at interview, with all interview candidates considered to have equal standing. Following the interviews, the panel will rank the applications and select the top ranked candidates for awards.


Please read the Reviewer Guidance for Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships 2020/21 for full details of the RAEng selection process. 

RCSRF Referee Guidance Notes 2020 (177.22 KB)


​Post-Award Guidance

In this round, the Academy’s contribution will be capped at a maximum of £45k per annum which equates to a total of £225k over five years.

  • The awardee 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.
  • The awardee can spend no more than 4 hours per week on teaching/administration duties enabling them to focus on delivering use-inspired research, that creates impact for their industrial sponsor.
  • The awardee will be expected to participate in an Annual Review Meeting and submit an Annual Progress Report each year of the award.


Please read the Mentoring and Reporting Guidance for Research Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships for full details of the RAEng mentoring and reporting requirements.

RCSRF Mentorship and Reporting Guidance


If you have any questions or queries, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions page. If your question is not covered in the FAQ page, then please contact the Research team.