Call for application: IResearch Chairs and Senior Research Fellowships

Applications for this scheme are now open. 
This round will close to applications on 3 March 2021, at 4pm

Over the last 20 years, the Academy’s Research Chairs and Senior Fellowships scheme has successfully supported numerous academic appointments and enhanced internationally renowned centres of excellence.

This scheme aims to strengthen the links between industry and academia by supporting exceptional academics in UK universities to undertake use-inspired research that meets the needs of the industrial partners. 

Awardees are expected to:

  • Establish or enhance a world leading engineering research group
  • Deliver ‘use-inspired’ research that meets the needs of their industrial partners
  • Disseminate the outcomes of their research for appropriate academic impact
  • Become a self-sustaining research group by the end of the award (by securing substantial external grant income: RCUK, EU, industry, charities, etc.)The Royal Academy of Engineering is committed to diversity and inclusion and welcomes applications from all under-represented groups across engineering. It is the Academy’s policy to ensure that no applicant is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.
  • We would like to support you to achieve a balance between your personal and work demands. We are happy to discuss individual requirements and consider part time and other flexible working arrangements.

Application

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 (6.55 MB)

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 (6.55 MB)

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

For more information please open this link

https://www.raeng.org.uk/grants-prizes/grants/support-for-research/research-chairs