A raft of new calls have been released in recent weeks under the UK’s Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) banner. You can find out more about them by following the links in the table below.
Several of the calls have restrictions on the number which can be submitted by the host institution, and these are marked with an asterisk (*). We will circulate details of any internal processes which apply via email but please contact us at an early stage if you are interested in developing an application for any of these calls.
Northumbria University has a GCRF Working Group and a network of staff with relevant research experience are available to provide guidance and support on bids to these schemes as they develop. Please visit our GCRF webpages to find out more.
The Royal Academy of Engineering offers seven Research Fellowships each year to outstanding early career engineering researchers, who are hosted by a UK higher education institute/university. These highly prestigious five-year Research Fellowships are designed to promote excellence in engineering by providing support for high-quality candidates to become future research leaders.
This year, the Royal Academy of Engineering’s prestigious Research Fellowships scheme will open 30th June and close at 4pm on 6th September 2017. As the number of bids per institution is restricted, Northumbria University has an internal selection process for this call – see below for further information and note this has an internal deadline of 13th July 2017.
The Academy will award 7 Research Fellowships and, as part of the Global Challenges Research Fund, up to 4 additional Engineering for Development Research Fellowships. The latter fellowships must positively impact social and economic development in one or more DAC list countries.
Who can apply?
Applicants must have been awarded a PhD within the four years prior to the submission deadline. Existing PhD students can apply but only if they will complete their PhD prior to the take up of the award. Applicants must not hold a permanent academic position, but fixed-term postdoctoral staff would be eligible. If you’ve applied previously but were unsuccessful, you can re-apply assuming you still meet the other eligibility criteria. There are no nationality restrictions.
Which disciplines do the fellowships cover?
The fellowship must be in the broad area of ‘engineering’, which for RAEng encompasses: civil, construction and environmental engineering; materials and mining; chemical and process engineering; aerospace; transport and mechanical engineering; manufacturing and design; electrical and electronic engineering; energy and power; medical and bioengineering; computing and communications. More detail on all of these areas is given in the scheme guidance.
How much funding is available?
For the standard Research Fellowships, applications are capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £500,000 over the 5-year period, at 80% of full economic costs. For the Engineering for Development Research Fellowships, an additional £25k per annum is ring-fenced for the development of international collaborations in order to deliver the research outputs and build pathways to positively impact or contribute to the
sustainable economic or social development of a country or countries on the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) list.
Are there limits on the number of proposals?
Yes. Each university is only permitted to submit a maximum of three applications*, with an additional application permitted if the applicant is a member of a group which has been evidenced as persistently underrepresented within engineering (i.e. women and black & minority ethnic groups). Northumbria University is therefore adopting an internal selection process for this call:
All potential applicants should submit i) a two-page outline describing the proposed project and ii) up to three-page CV by 13th July 2017 to email@example.com (please make sure these are two separate attachments – Word or PDF – and please include applicant surname in the filename for both documents).
The two-page outline should include the following information: title, abstract, subject area, objectives, timeliness/novelty, beneficiaries and impact, ambitions & career plans (further information about what to include under each of these headings can be found in the scheme guidance, though note that the word limits don’t apply here as long as you keep the outline under two pages A4).
The CV is left to the applicant’s discretion, but should include a list of publications, any grants awarded, and any postdoctoral positions. You may wish to indicate which publications you deem most significant. The CV should be no more than three sides A4.
An internal review group consisting of senior academics from relevant disciplines and Faculties will be convened and will make a decision about which applications will be supported by the 21st July giving the selected applicant(s) 6 weeks to work on the full proposal before the deadline.
The Royal Academy of Engineering have recently announced that the competition for Enterprise Fellowships is now open. Please get in touch with us if you wish to discuss an application – the deadline is Monday 2nd October 2017:
Fellowships are available to both university-based academics of any experience level who wish to spin-out a company, and also to recent graduates wishing to create a company.
Prior experience of commercialisation activities is not essential, the desire and capability to succeed is more important and we will equip you with the necessary skills through a programme of training and mentoring.
Up to £60,000 funding
12 months mentoring
Business skills and training
Lifetime Hub Membership
The Academy does not take any equity stake in the companies formed.
So if you are an academic with an innovation or technology you wish to develop and spin-out from your university, or you have graduated within the last five years and are seeking to run a startup, then we can help you.
Environmentally stable rechargeable batteries for flexible wearable electronics
Calculus of privacy
An examination of the role and impacts of automation in security
Stored energy detection in complex environments
Voice liveness detection
Heterogeneous network analysis
Ultra-Narrowband Transceiver Design for Long Range Low Power and Low Profile Communication
Advanced research into archive, analysis and retrieval of video based data
Quantum and Optical Sensors
Through the Earth Information
Electronic Materials and Components for Low Power Flexible Devices
Advancing direct-write printing methods for the fabrication of electronics on complex surfaces
Eligibility: Fellowships must be held at a UK Higher Education Institute in a department capable of supporting the research project and researcher. The fellow must have been awarded a PhD no more than five years prior to the submission deadline, and must not currently hold a permanent academic post. Full details on eligibility are available at the RAEng site.
Funding available: Applications are costed on a Full Economic Cost basis for up to two years of full-time postdoctoral fellowship. Costs covered in the grant include the applicant’s salary, travel, consumables, small items of equipment (less than £3k), plus technical staff, estates and indirect costs.
How to apply: Applications are made online at https://grants.raeng.org.uk/. The application includes sections on the profile and track record of the proposed fellow, the research topic, methodology, relation to previous work, potential significance and application of the results, resources requested and host institution support (which is added separately via a letter).
Royal Academy of Engineering’s Industry Academia Partnership Programme (IAPP) provides grant funding to support Newton Fund Partner Country Universities. There are currently two programmes accepting proposals:
This programme aims to support Chinese universities in improving their engineering research and innovation output through strengthening industry linkages – specifically with SMEs – and leveraging and creating links with UK expertise. The programme is based upon the principle that deep, strategic links between industry and universities can foster research and breakthrough engineering innovation.
£100k GBP in grants available –100% match funding is required either financial or “in kind”
The lead applicant must be an individual at a Chinese university which must propose a means of collaboration with at least one Chinese SME and one UK university respectively.
This programme aims to support Indian universities in improving their engineering education and research output through strengthening industry linkages and leveraging UK expertise. The programme is based upon the principle that increased linkages between industry and higher education can improve quality and foster innovation within pedagogy and practice of engineering, in turn enhancing employability of graduates and encouraging technology transfer into industry.
£50k GBP in grants available– 50% match funding is required either financial or “in kind”
The lead applicant must be an individual at an Indian university which must propose a means of collaboration with at least one industry partner and one UK university.
Proposals for either programme must aim to further one or more of the IAPP’s outcome areas, which can be found by following the corresponding links above. The submission deadline is 09:00 Tuesday, 24th January, 17. Projects must begin April 2017 and be completed by end of April 2019.