Program Number: 32745
Title: Industry Fellowships Programme
Sponsor: Science Foundation Ireland
SYNOPSIS: The purpose of the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) Industry Fellowships programme is to facilitate exchanges between academia and industry to stimulate excellence through knowledge transfer and training, thereby building critical mass in areas of strategic importance for Ireland and enabling economic and societal challenges to be tackled.
Established Date: 04/23/2013
Follow-Up Date: 04/04/2016
Review Date: 03/19/2015
Address: Research Prioritisation Project Steering Group c/o Forf?s
Wilton Park House
Tel: 353 1 607 3000
Fax: 353 1 607 3030
Deadline Ind: Receipt
Deadline Open: No
*See Restrictions for further information.
The 2015 Industry Fellowship Programme will have two deadlines.First
Deadline: 13:00 (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 3rd of June 2015Second Deadline: 13:00 (local time Dublin, Ireland) on the 3rd of December 2015Note: Pre-approval may be required to apply to the programme, please see the Programme Call Document for full details on eligibility.
Award Type(s): Fellowship
Research Grants/R & D
Citizenship/Country of Applying Institution:
Locations Tenable: Any/No Restrictions
Appl Type(s): Postdoctoral
Target Group(s): NONE
Funding Limit: $120,000 MAXIMUM
Indirect Costs: No
Cost Sharing: No
Sponsor Type: NONE
Geo. Restricted: NO RESTRICTIONS
OBJECTIVES: Science Foundation Ireland?s (SFI) legal remit is to promote, develop and assist the carrying out of oriented basic and applied research in strategic areas of scientific endeavour that concern the future development and competitiveness of industry and enterprise in the State. As outlined in SFI?s strategy, Agenda 2020, the Foundation is determined to continue to focus on scientific excellence, and to couple that with an equal focus on impact thus realising the benefits of the scientific effort for the Irish economy and Irish society. A key objective of SFI is to build strategic partnerships with industry to perform cutting-edge scientific research, encourage industry‐informed research, and foster academic‐industry interactions to build a competitive advantage for Ireland. SFI also recognises the importance of increasing the number of SFI trained researchers employed by industry. In order to both develop and support academic partnerships with industry, SFI is pleased to launch the Industry Fellowship Programme 2014. The purpose of the Industry Fellowship programme is to facilitate exchanges between academia and industry to stimulate excellence through knowledge transfer and training, thereby building critical mass in areas of strategic importance for Ireland and enabling economic and societal challenges to be tackled. The fellowships will enable access for researchers to new technology pathways and standards and will facilitate training in the use of specialist research infrastructure. While the core theme of the call is to enhance the development and training of researchers, Industry Fellowships can be centred on specific industry-driven projects or specific needs of industry. Academic researchers will gain a working knowledge of relevant business drivers (e.g., intellectual property, regulatory, investors, and markets), deliverables and team behaviour and will gain from legitimate industry experience and established contacts. Highly experienced and networked industry experts who have previous experience in entrepreneurship could also advise on and develop future commercialisation strategies which could lead to future collaborative efforts. Industry Partners will gain from up skilling of staff and input into the R&D or developmental efforts of the company from academia. It is expected that the Industry Fellow based in either an academic institution or in industry will have the opportunity to participate in training and professional development programmes on offer by the host institution where appropriate. SFI recognises that the type, mode, structure and duration of partnerships must be flexible and scalable, and must facilitate different sorts of relationships, from ?seeding? to longer term macro collaborations beyond the scope of this programme. Fellowships can be awarded to academic researchers wishing to spend time in industry worldwide and to individuals from industry anywhere in the world (including Ireland) wishing to spend time in an eligible Irish Research Body. Fellowships can be for between 1 and 12 months in duration if full time or for up to 24 months if part time.
In addition to satisfying the eligibility criteria associated with one of Category A, B or C (described below), the Applicant (whether submitting a proposal to act as a Host or as a Fellow) must satisfy the following criteria in all cases (where relevant): The Applicant must hold a Ph.D., M.D. or equivalent.The Applicant must be an author on at least three internationally peer reviewed articles and must be senior author on at least one of these articles. Only original research publications, and not review articles, are acceptable. The Applicant must be a member of academic staff or a contract researcher.
Academic staff or contract researchers who will be coming to the end of an existing contract are particularly encouraged to apply to the programme, provided that the Fellowship is proposed to commence prior to completion of their contract. Proposals are not accepted from Applicants who wish to be hosted in or receive Fellows from an organisation in which they have a financial interest or hold a decision making role. Where the direction of the Fellowship is Academia to Industry and the Academic Partner qualifies under Category A or C, up to two appropriately justified applications for Fellowships per SFI award are permitted. The exception to this is SFI SRC?s, CSETs and Research Centres, where more than two appropriately justified applications will be accepted. There is no limit to the number of appropriately justified incoming (Industry to Academia) Fellows. Applicants to the Industry Fellowship Programme must fall under one of Category A, B or C as defined below: Category
A: An SFI award holder or recent SFI award holder: The Academic Partner must hold or have held within the past five years an SFI award as lead Principal Investigator (PI) or co-PI under the following
programmes: PI, SFI Investigators Awards and projects, PICA, RFP, SRC, CSET, SFI Research Centre, Stokes, Research Professor, PIYRA, SIRG, CDA, Charles Parsons, Mathematics Initiative, US-Ireland (excluding US-Ireland planning grant holders). Awards which expired before January 1st 2009 do not qualify an Academic Partner under this category. For applications being submitted from SRC?s, CSET?s and SFI Research Centres, co-PIs and funded PIs are eligible to apply under this category ? team members of SRC?s, CSET?s and SFI Research Centres should apply under Category C. Applications from these awards must be endorsed by the award holder and submitted to SFI via the Applicant?s Research Body. Category B: A Principal Investigator who has demonstrated research Independence (as defined below): A Principal Investigator who has demonstrated research independence through securing at least one peer reviewed independent research grant worth over ?200,000 as a lead investigator or co-investigator in the last 5 years (not including personal awards such as travel awards and career Fellowships). Awards which expired before January 1st 2009 do not qualify an Academic Partner under this category. Academic Partners who qualify under Category B must be pre-approved by SFI to participate in the Industry Fellowship Programme and must apply to the programme within 6 months of receiving confirmation of pre-approval. In the case of large collaborative EU framework projects the co-PI/work package leader is eligible to apply as long as they are the lead-PI for their institution. Where the direction of a proposed Fellowship is Academia to Industry, the Principal Investigator qualifying under this Category is the only eligible Proposed Fellow (i.e. s/he may not nominate team members from his/her research team to apply as Prospective Fellows).
There is no limit to the number appropriately justified incoming (Industry to Academia) Fellows. Category C: Postdoctoral Researcher–Applications are accepted from Postdoctoral Researchers who are interested in working in an industry environment. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be able to request their own salary as part of the budget request. Postdoctoral Researchers whose salary is wholly funded by SFI are permitted to apply to the Programme at any point during their contract. Postdoctoral Researchers who are funded by organisations other than SFI are permitted to apply to the Programme during the last year of their contract, and may only take up an Industry Fellowship upon completion of their current contract.
Postdoctoral Researchers nearing the end of an existing contract are particularly encouraged to apply to the programme. The Industry Partner may be an Irish or internationally based researcher or leader and must satisfy the following criteria (whether submitting a proposal to act as a Host or as a Fellow): The Industry Partner must have significant experience working in an industry environment. The Industry Partner must have experience and knowledge of industry processes including operational and business procedures. The Industry Partner must have a proven record of leadership and accomplishment appropriate to international standards in their field, industry sector and career stage.
Applications may be submitted for an Industry Fellowship award up to a maximum of ?120,000 direct costs for a period of 12 months full time or 24 months part time – the budget should be prorated accordingly for visits of shorter duration. (Note that this is the maximum SFI contribution to the Fellowship, additional support may be provided by either partner which should be detailed in the budget justification. Industry partners may elect to provide a portion of the salary of the academic fellow). (des)