UKRI Promote Academic Engagement with Catapults Network Plus

Closing Date: 16/11/2021

Funding to establish a network plus to encourage engagement between academia and the catapult centres and to deliver the Researchers in Residence (RiR) awards.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has launched this opportunity to establish a Network Plus to encourage engagement between academia and the catapult centres and to deliver the Researchers in Residence (RiR) awards.

The call is being led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in partnership with the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), Medical Research Council (MRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

The call will establish a Network Plus for an initial four years. This will provide bridge funding to both stimulate and encourage two-way engagement between academia and the catapult centres focused on three thematic areas of: net zero; healthcare and wellbeing; and resilience.

The network should also help to build communities around the themes and engage individuals at all career stages, especially at earlier career stages. The projects initiated should have a cross or multi-sector, cross-council remit and multidisciplinary spread.

The Network Plus investment will specifically aim to:

  • Stimulate and enable catapult-academic interactions across UKRI remit and catapult sectors.
  • Provide administration of UKRI’s flagship RiR secondment mechanism and delivery of core ring fenced funding.
  • Support collaborative working across the career stages, especially at earlier career stages, to broker relationships with key stakeholders (particularly engaging closely with the catapult network).
  • Enhance knowledge exchange and academic-industry co-creation and promote mobility between academia and the catapult centres.
  • Pilot new and risky ideas and approaches to support knowledge exchange with a focus on the thematic areas.
  • Shape understanding of best practice in research and innovation in the thematic areas.

The initial UKRI funding will also cover RiR awards which will build on from the framework implemented for the pilot RiR awards:

  • Up to £50,000 awards at 100% full economic cost.
  • Flexible award duration of one to four years.

Awards will support individual academics who are eligible to receive UKRI funding as principal investigators. The award can only be used to cover the salary costs for the visit of each RiR, travel and subsistence for visits, and any consumables used at the catapult. Any other costs (for example equipment and service costs, technician time) should be covered by the catapult.

Funding body Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Maximum value £2,350,000
Reference ID S22789
Category Arts and Humanities
Biotechnology and Biology
Economic and Social Research
Engineering and Physical Sciences
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