BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account NBIC Innovation Placements and Innovation Fellowships
BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account NBIC Award
The National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) has been awarded Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA2) by BBSRC. The FTMA comprises two types of award:
- Innovation Placements: are targeted at PhD students who have just submitted their thesis who wish to undertake placements within a business environment
- Innovation Fellowships: are targeted at talented early career researchers (postdoctoral researchers, and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows or equivalent from industry) who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research
It is intended to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors.
This document details the guidance and forms required to apply for a placement grant. Applicants for FTMA funding will be asked to present a case for support that includes clear objectives and outputs from the proposed work, as well as identifying further routes for development and leverage of awarded funding.
Activities proposed must align with one or more of the NBIC themes to Prevent, Detect, Manage and Engineer biofilms, and must also align to one or more of the challenges outlined within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ICSF). Challenges most likely to be relevant to biofilms include (but are not limited to):
- Healthy ageing
- Prospering from the energy revolution
- From data to early diagnosis and precision medicine
- Leading-edge healthcare
- Transforming food production
Applications will be scored based on their relevance to the FTMA and Industry Strategy objectives, potential sustainability through further funding leverage, and the involvement of an industrial partner.
Applications are open now, and will close 11:59 PM 16th August, 2019. The assessment panel will comprise NBIC’s Industry Advisory Board and Science Management Board, the Executive Management Board will meet to decide which applications to fund in August and the result will be communicated to applicants as soon as possible. Projects must be completed and all funds spent by 31st March 2020 for Innovation Placements, and by 31st March 2021 for Innovation Fellowships.
A full report will be required one month after the completion of the project, a copy of the final report form is included with the application form.
Applications from postdoctoral researchers who are non-UK citizens are welcomed, as 25% of the award has been allocated from The Rutherford Fund and, therefore, will be used to engage with non-UK scientists.
If you have any questions regarding the FTMA, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
BBSRC recognises the importance of supporting early career researchers who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research. Under the auspices of the National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) and Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), BBSRC has been allocated funding to invest in ‘Innovation Fellowships’, and ‘Innovation Placements’ which will provide part of this support to early career researchers. As part of a portfolio of investments being made by the BBSRC, NBIC via the University of Southampton has been awarded a Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA).
FTMAs will support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors in a way that is in alignment with the Industrial Strategy. A proportion of the funding available (25%) has been ring-fenced as part of the Rutherford Fund, which was announced in 2017 as a way to support non-British citizens to move to, or remain in, the UK.
Usage of the FTMA is to be highly flexible, but activities undertaken must support the mobility of early career academic and industrialist researchers to new environments, including between sectors and between countries. The activities should aim to pump-prime the establishment of new academia-industry interactions or further develop existing ones.
Please note that reporting the outcomes and impacts of the FTMA will form a critical contribution to the evidence basis for future strategy and budgetary discussions relating to the ISCF.
FTMA grants may be used to support mobility between academia and industry in a flexible manner.
Placements / Fellowships should take place within the following guidelines:
- Outward applications can be submitted by postdoctoral researchers and recently-submitted Ph.D. students;
- Inward applications can be submitted by PIs who wish to host an industrial researcher of postdoctoral-equivalent level in their research group.
- The placement must be with an industrial partner; spin-out companies from the partner University will be considered, but should be discussed prior to submission of an application. Please contact email@example.com;
- The placement must have well-defined outcomes related to a research or technology development problem and/or development of the early career researcher involved.
- Applications are welcome for placements which facilitate the development of partnerships to foster longer-term collaborations.
- A minimum of 3 months total time is recommended, but the structure can be tailored as long as clear justification is provided, e.g. one continual period, two split periods, or one day per week for several months.
- Funding can be requested for direct costs ONLY, e.g. contribution to salary of the researcher undertaking the placement, reasonable travel and subsistence costs, consumables or other direct expenses.
FTMA grants cannot be used to support:
- Patent filing or similar costs associated directly to registering intellectual property rights.
- Non-specific public engagement activities and science communication, however specific activities designed to have specific impact upon a specific public may be acceptable.
The funding should support short term projects, which must be completed with funding spent by ds spent by 31st March 2020 for Innovation Placements, and by 31st March 2021 for Innovation Fellowships.
The funding dates are detailed below:
|Opening date||Closing date||Spending completed ||Final report due|
|Innovation Placements||23rd Jul 2019||17th Sep 2019||31st March 2020||Within one month of the placement finishing|
|Innovation Fellowships||23rd Jul 2019||17th Sep 2019||31st March 2021||Within one month of the fellowship finishing|
Potential applicants are advised to contact the NBIC team (firstname.lastname@example.org) before submitting their application if they have any questions. Unfortunately, the spending deadlines are out of our control.
Who can apply?
All researchers at NBIC partner institutions. We are looking for proposals that support the exchange of personnel, perspectives, knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors via a placement undertaken by a postdoctoral (or equivalent level) researcher. Applications are welcome from academics who wish to host an industrial researcher at the equivalent of postdoctoral level.
The costs awarded for each project may vary depending on the work proposed for the project but should generally not exceed £10,000 for innovation placements and £15,000 for innovation fellowships.
FTMA grants will be made on the basis of individual project needs. The funding is intended to be flexible but covers direct costs only such as staff costs (full- or part-time), travel and subsistence, consumables and any other direct expenses
In all cases funds cannot be used for patent costs, estates costs, indirect costs or capital items of equipment.
All applications must be fully costed and approved by your institution’s finance office. Please liaise with your departmental finance team to obtain a costing for your proposal. The funding for these awards must be spent by 31st March 2020 for Innovation Placements, and by 31st March 2021 for Innovation Fellowships.
FTMA grant application process
The application is via application form – included in this document pack.
In addition to the application form, please provide:
- A budget and signature form
- A PDF of your approved institutional costing / finance approval
- A letter of support from the company partner (if applicable)
Please collate all documents into a PDF and submit as supporting document via this system.
An appropriate agreement need to be put in place before the project begins.
For industry-academia FTMA innovation placement and exchange proposals we will utilise our Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to rank the proposals. The IAB is a stakeholder advisory group - It is non-executive and provides guidance and advice to NBIC as well as to challenge it to achieve excellence in translation and innovation, and its membership comprises both large and SME companies from across the sectors. FTMA proposals for international exchanges will be reviewed by the Science Management Board (SMB) responsible for delivery and implementation of NBIC science strategy. The ranked lists of FTMA proposals will be endorsed by the Executive Management Team who will agree funding thresholds and approve the awards.
Applications will be considered against the following criteria:
·Relevance to FTMA objectives
·Relevance to objectives of the Industrial Strategy
·Potential benefits to industrial partner
·Potential development benefits to the submitted PhD student or postdoctoral researcher
·Plan for further translational activity as a result of the placement
Award Conditions and Final Report
Funding will be dispersed using the usual financial regulations and systems. Funds must be spent in accordance with the terms and conditions of the BBSRC.
Those receiving awards will be required to work with their institutional Research Support Office to ensure appropriate protection of IP, if relevant.
As a condition of the grant, a final report must be submitted to email@example.com, within one month of the placement/fellowship finishing.A copy of the final report form is included at the end of this document. We will also request image(s) of the projects to use in reporting outcomes of the FTMA to BBSRC and others.
Any questions regarding the scheme should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.