Applicants are expected to hold a PhD (or demonstrate experience and knowledge to a similar degree) and be employed in full or part at a UK university for the duration of the scheme. As a minimum, the applicant should have a track record of research which aligns to EPSRC‘s remit and the thematic areas of the Network+ (Net Zero, Healthcare and Wellbeing, Resilience). Applicants should also have a strong awareness of the wider context of their research and how they will deliver impact through their research.
Proposals must be supported by at least one of the Catapults (see catapult.org.uk/about-us/our-centres for details), which will host the applicant and provide access to state-of-the art equipment and resources in line with the jointly agreed scope of the research. Researchers will need a letter of support from their home institution.
Applicants will be eligible for one scheme per tranche. If an application is rejected, it may be re-submitted in subsequent calls.
Following submission, applications will be assessed by at least two independent reviewers from the relevant thematic Scientific Advisory Panel (SAP). Researcher in Residence proposals and support letters will be peer reviewed and assessed against the following criteria:
In addition, consideration will be given to the capacity of the Catapult(s) to support the project within the proposed time frame. Where specific Catapults are over subscribed, applications will be prioritised. High quality applications not funded will, where agreed, be carried forward to subsequent calls.
If the SAP reviews are sufficiently supportive, the application will go on to a panel of the Strategic Advisory Board (SAB), consisting of representatives of the Catapult Network, EPSRC and the Network+, who will confirm the Catapult(s) ability to support in the planned time period. This panel will confirm the final list of projects that will be funded in each tranche.
The evidence of review, marking scheme and the confidentiality of the process will entirely mirror the EPSRC’s existing peer review practices, while being coordinated by the Network+ SAB. Applicants will have the opportunity to respond to reviews.
An induction to the RiR programme will be followed by publication of the selected projects on the Innovation Launchpad Network+ website. Updated information about the application process, timelines and downloads will also be available throughout this site.
Please send all submissions and correspondence to RiRapplications@amrc.co.uk, quoting your project reference number.
If your Expression of Interest is accepted, you will be invited to fill in a full application form including sections on your proposed research, detailed work plan and the potential pathways to impact of your research plans.
For accessibility purposes, a sans-serif font style such as Arial, Calibri or Helvetica should be used, with type justified on the left hand side only. If your application exceeds the page limit, or does not adhere to the specified format, your proposal will not be considered.
To ensure the best possible chance of success, it is vital that potential applicants work collaboratively with the Catapult(s) on the application form. The applicant should be the person undertaking the Researcher in Residence placement.
The full application is your opportunity to convince your peers of why your proposed research should be funded. A good case is clear, concise and not cluttered with technical jargon. To make sure you provide all the information within the limited space available, we recommend you focus on two key areas:
What is exciting about your research? Try to convey this to your audience. You need to convince the reviewers, who are experts in your chosen research theme, about the value of your project.
Provide a convincing case for the originality of your proposal and describe your objectives clearly and succinctly. Proposals are not rejected just because others are doing similar work. But if you don’t describe the novelty of your approach and the likelihood of success when compared with others, the value of your proposal may be questioned.
It should not be left to the reviewers to ask the questions. Show that you have thought the proposal through, and explain how it will succeed. Potential applications might be obvious to you, but tell us what they are.
A great idea can come from anyone. The Innovation Launchpad Network+ recognises that the provision of equal opportunity, valuing diversity and promoting a culture of inclusion is vital to our success. While the diversity of applicants and awardees to UKRI calls is on an upward trend there is more work to be done to ensure that both reflect the wider makeup of the population. The Innovation Launchpad Network+ has via its activities the opportunity to improve the situation and promote development of improved Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (ED&I) practices across the sector.
After submission of your full application, we will encourage you to complete our EDI monitoring form to help us understand diversity and promote inclusivity in our Researchers in Residence community. The raw data is kept separately from your application, is accessible only to Network+ Management and only used for monitoring purposes. Summarised data will be shared with EPSRC.
We are happy to discuss your proposal before submission. Contact the Innovation Launchpad Network+ management team at: RiRapplications@amrc.co.uk
Alternatively you could make contact with the relevant theme contact(s):
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