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Cambridge Academy of Therapeutic Sciences

 

Applications are invited for flexible ‘Biomedical Industry Engagement Fund’ awarded to the University by the BBSRC1and MRC2 to support innovative academic-industry interactions. These funds are available to University researchers working within the remit of the BBSRC and MRC for exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise with industry partners to promote a culture of innovation aimed at translational aspects of research.

Download Application guidelines and forms here: Biomedical Industry Exchange Programme Call, and here for word format. Consult the provided guidelines to complete the application form and other required documents. Please collate all the documents to submit as one file.

Questions regarding the scheme should be directed to: Dr Ruchi Chauhan, ruchi.chauhan@admin.cam.ac.uk, (7)65056

Application submission deadline: 2nd July 2018

The funding can be used for:

  • Exploratory visits to/from potential industry partners
  • Relationship development activities with a new industry partner
  • Placements for University researchers to spend time with an industry partner
  • Placements from industry to spend time in a University research group
  • Organising/attending activities to support engagement with industry, e.g. training, seminars, workshops

Justified directly incurred costs at 100% fEC can be requested (e.g. contribution to salary of the researcher undertaking the placement at company, travel and subsistence costs, consumables or other direct expenses).

For a project to be eligible there should be a clear aim to build a relationship with industry which can potentially lead to knowledge exchange and research translation. The activity/exchange can be outward (i.e. visit/placement at the company) or inward (i.e. hosting researchers from Industry). There are differences in the funding available from the BBSRC and MRC, so please read the below table to consider your eligibility.

Comparison of the funding schemes (for applicants):

 

BBSRC FTMA

MRC Biomedical Exchange

Scientific remit

As per BBSRC research areas

As per MRC research areas

Funding core objective

Researcher talent development, industry placement

Industry collaborations, research development

Who can apply -

   

PI/independent researcher

Inward

Inward and outward

Early-career researcher (i.e. postdoc, late-stage PhD)

Outward

Outward

Type of engagement -

   

Exploratory visit

Yes

Yes

Scoping potential opportunities

Yes

Yes

Conducting (part of) research project

Yes

Yes

potential long-term collaboration

Not necessary

Desirable

Structure of engagement -

   

Short visit

Yes

Yes

Part-time

Yes

Yes

Full-time

Yes

Yes

Intermittent

Yes

Yes

Duration of engagement

1 day to 3 months

1 day to 6 months

Maximum cost

£15,000

£40,000

Spending deadline

Wed 27th Feb 2019

Fri 31st Mar 2019

 


Assessment Panel

  • Professor Abby Fowden, Head of the School of the Biological Sciences
  • Dr Brian Ference, Director, Research in Translational Therapeutics
  • Dr Elizabeth Soilleux, University lecturer, Department of Pathology 
  • Dr Amanda Wooding, Deputy Head of Life Sciences, Cambridge Enterprise          
  • Dr John Pritchard, Industrial Consultant
  • Dr Ian Tomlinson, Industrial Consultant 

1 BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA)

2 Biomedical Exchange Programme as part of MRC Proximity to Discovery (P2D) award (Proximity to Discovery: Industry Engagement Fund)