To help increase the connections between the UK research base and the Catapults, Research Councils UK* (RCUK) is supporting the development of new collaborations through research visits/residencies for university (and other eligible research organisations) academics to spend time embedded within the Catapult teams.
Catapult Researchers in Residence (RiR) Awards will build connections, support pathways to impact and knowledge exchange between academia and the Catapult centres. As such, the Catapults have been awarded vouchers (assigned to the Catapults but paid directly to universities or other research organisations) to support a range of activities to accelerate the impact of Research Council (RC)-funded research and/or expand the capabilities of their centre.
This initiative aligns strongly with RCUK’s excellence with impact, through building stronger partnerships in the national innovation system and supporting the best environment for innovation.
The Transport Systems Catapult, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Digital Catapult, Future Cities Catapult, Energy Systems Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult are working together to provide a unified process for application of the RiR awards.
Please note that Cell and Gene Therapy Catapult, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult and Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult will also be welcoming applications for their Researchers in Residence programme. Visit their websites to learn more about their opportunities.
*The Research Councils include Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Councils (EPSRC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).
The aims of RiR initiative are to:
The RiR initiative will support university academics for research visits/residencies to one or more UK Catapults. The scope of these residencies could cover:
Researchers are invited to take creative approaches within the residencies to support the aims of the initiative. This may include activities exploring new ways of using existing knowledge and infrastructure, or innovative thinking in how to accelerate impact from Research Council investments.
Note that some of the RiRs will enable researchers to work across the Catapult network.
The value of each voucher towards supporting a RiR is up to £50k (100% FEC), which may be flexibly spread between one and four years. Funding will be awarded directly to the RiR’s host university (or other eligible research organisation) and not the Catapult. The award can only be used to cover the salary costs for the visit of each RiR, travel and subsistence costs, and any consumables used at the Catapult.
Any other costs (e.g. equipment/service costs, technician time, etc.) will be covered by the host Catapult within reasonable limits and pre-agreed with the host Catapult.
The programme will run until March 2023, with two RiRs announcements of opportunity each year, with the last RiR opportunity announced in January 2019.
RiR fellowship applicants must be academic employees of an eligible organisation and must be resident in the UK. For this scheme, we are following EPSRC eligibility criteria.
Applications for RiR should be made by using this webform and uploading a completed Application Form, CV and Letter of Supports from your institution.
Application Guidance and Impact Report Guidance have been provided.
The closing date for applications is 23 March 2018. Please note that submissions made after 5 pm on this date will not be accepted.
|Project Title||Ref||Catapult||Location||Closing Date|
|Realising the benefits of Systems Engineering, market incentives and disruptive technologies||RIR 2018/01||Energy Systems Catapult||Birmingham (Central)||23/03/18|
|Transition of Science into Applications to Support the UK High Value Manufacturing Sector||RIR 2018/02||High Value Manufacturing Catapult||Various||23/03/18|
|Satellite Application Catapult||Nafeesa Dajdafirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Transport Systems Catapult||Denise Pasquetemail@example.com|
|Future Cities Catapult||Marcus Manningfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|High Value Manufacturing Catapult||Mike Hintonemail@example.com|
|Digital Catapult||Catarina Fernandesfirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Energy Systems Catapult||Eva Gromadzkiemail@example.com|