BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account

BBSRC have awarded the University of Bristol £135,930 to run a Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA) until 31st March 2019.

The FTMA is targeted at talented early career researchers (ECRs) (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.

The account will support the exchange of personnel, perspectives, knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors, aligned with the Industrial Strategy. Applicants do not need to have previous BBSRC funding.

This is the final call for applications. The two previous calls have now closed.

Call 4 – deadline 31/7/18. Panel decision to applicants w/c 14/8/18

Contact lisa.kehoe@bristol.ac.uk, RED Knowledge Exchange Associate (KEA) for Biomedical Sciences, Biological Sciences and Experimental Psychology, to discuss your ideas for secondments, prospective engagement and/or training.

Awarded funding must be spent by 31 March 2019.

Strands of activity are

1)       Short term secondments (£110,000, 4-8 awards). Through awards of up to £20,000 we will support the mobility of talented ECRs and industrialists to realise the potential of their research and innovation. Secondments will take place in areas which align to Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) themes of: ‘Bioscience and biotechnology’ and ‘Leading edge Healthcare and Medicine’. The duration and nature of each secondment will be determined case-by-case. Secondments may be up to three months, carried out as a block of time or a series of shorter visits, to maximise exposure to different research environments and technologies and to facilitate new interactions or support established collaborations. Inward secondments to the University will be designed to align with company needs. International mobility: 25% of the funding available is ring-fenced as part of the Rutherford Fund, to support non-British citizens to move to, or remain in, the UK. See Guidance and Secondment Application form.

2)      Prospective Engagement Awards of up to £1,000 to support ECRs on short visits to companies of interest in the UK and abroad to explore secondment and collaboration opportunities. Eligible costs are travel and subsistence. See Guidance and Prospective Engagement Application form.

3)      Skills Development and Training awards enabling ECRs to take training opportunities tailored to their development needs: these may be internal or external courses and seminars. Eligible costs are course, travel and subsistence costs. See Guidance and Training Application form.