The Royal Academy of Engineering offers annual research grants to outstanding young researchers to help them become future research leaders in engineering. The goals of the project are:support the best young scientists in building their independence and international importance. Provide long-term support to encourage the pursuit of an ambitious program of technical research and impact, Create ambassadors for the academy and advocates for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) subjects.The Royal Academy of Engineering welcomes applications from young researchers worldwide who are applying for their Ph.D. in the last four years.The project will be funded for five years. Each application is capped at a maximum contribution from the Academy of £625,000 over the five years, which is 80% of the full economic cost. However, research grants must be held at a UK higher education institution/university or research organization that is eligible to receive UK funding for research and innovation (UKRI).
The 2022/2023 round accepts applications for the following research grant programs:
- research grant
- Engineering Research Grant for Development
In addition to direct financial support, research grant benefits include:
- an opportunity to establish a research track record and in turn be in a stronger position to apply for additional funding and build your own research team
- Mentoring support from an Academy Fellow to provide advice on research and career development
- Reduction of teaching and administrative tasks in favor of research training opportunities
- Networking opportunities with other Research Fellows and Academy Fellows
- Eligibility for research grants
- Research grants must be held by one of the following qualified institutions that can demonstrate their ability to fully support an engineering research project and researcher: a UK higher education institution/university or a UK research organization eligible for UKRI funding comes. (A list of qualified research institutions is included in the application notes)
- Research grants cannot be awarded jointly by several institutions
- The host institution must agree to provide the research fellow with the usual support for a permanent employee.
- It is the candidate’s responsibility to liaise with the host institution to obtain their formal approval before applying.
- The research project applied for must be in an engineering discipline. Engineering is defined in the broadest sense and includes a variety of different areas.
- Research grants are aimed at young scientists. Scholarship recipients must have a Ph.D. awarded (or the Ph.D. has been unconditionally approved) no more than four years before the submission deadline: Tuesday 20 September 2022. This period includes the candidates’ work experience in academia and/or industry in the UK or/and worldwide. A margin of up to three months over the four year limit is acceptable. If applicants have had maternity/paternity leave or other extenuating circumstances (e.g. extended sick leave, military service or caring responsibilities), this will be taken into account if the relevant dates and details are provided in the application form.
- Research fellows are employed by the host institution and must devote all of their working time to the work of the research fellowship program. The research grant must be the sole source of employment for the research grantee. The research fellow should spend more than 50% of the research fellowship at the host institution. If the research fellow has to work more than 50% of the research fellowship outside the host institution, this must be justified in the application form (choice of host institution).
- There are no nationality or age restrictions for candidates. The host institution is responsible for securing all necessary work permits and associated costs for the research fellows.
- Applicants who have previously applied to this program and were unsuccessful may reapply. These applications are considered new applications.
- Research grants must be started between August 1, 2023 and October 31, 2023. The duration of the research grants is five years full-time, calculated pro rata for part-time allocation. Applications for a shorter research grant will not be accepted.
- The number of applications that each host institution can submit is limited (see application limit).
- Applications that are incomplete or do not follow the guidelines will be rejected.
- Once applied, it cannot be edited and updated.
How to apply for research grants
Research grants must be held at one of the following qualified institutions that can demonstrate their ability to fully support an engineering research project and researcher:
- a UK college/university or
- a UK research organization eligible to receive UKRI funding. (See Notes to Candidates for a list of eligible research institutions.)
In addition, the host institution must agree to provide the research fellow with the usual support for a permanent position. Research grants cannot be awarded jointly by several institutions.The number of applications each host institution can submit is limited. Host institutions are likely to have an internal selection process that candidates need to know about in advance.There are no nationality or age restrictions for applicants. The host institution is responsible for obtaining all necessary work permits and associated costs for the research fellows.
Visit the Royal Academy of Engineering website for more information.Application deadline: September 20, 2022