The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) scheme, part of the Science, Industry and Translation program, aims to increase the knowledge and awareness in UK universities of cutting edge industrial science, research and innovation.
The scheme provides opportunities for enthusiastic, highly experienced industrial scientists and entrepreneurs to spend one day a week at a university developing a bespoke project to:
- Expose university staff and students to state-of-the-art industrial research and development, and the scientific challenges faced by industry
- Provide support and expert advice aimed at promoting innovation and the translation of research by universities
- Grow confidence in and understanding of business and entrepreneurship among staff and students
- Provide career recognition to the award holders, and support their professional development.
The Royal Society origins lie in a 1660 ‘invisible college’ of natural philosophers and physicians. Today they are the UK’s national science academy and a Fellowship of some 1,600 of the world’s most eminent scientists. The very first ‘learned society’ meeting on 28 November 1660 followed a lecture at Gresham College by Christopher Wren. Joined by other leading polymaths including Robert Boyle and John Wilkins, the group soon received royal approval, and from 1663 it would be known as ‘The Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge’.
Requirements for The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence
The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences, including engineering, but excluding clinical medicine.
The scheme is open to applicants of any nationality, who are eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the award. Applicants should have a background in science and engineering. They must be able to demonstrate significant experience of working in science in an industrial research context, and one or more of the following:
- Experience of managing university-business collaborations and the translation and commercialisation of research
- Experience of entrepreneurship, such as company formation and growth, investment etc
- Experience or interest in training, coaching or mentoring
Applicants can be either employed full-time, part-time, or self-employed.
How to Apply
- Interested and qualified? Go to The Royal Society on to apply
- Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant®. Applications are assessed by the Industry Fellowship panel.
- It is expected that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application 3 months after the closing date.
- For further information, or if you have any questions, please contact [email protected].
- For more details, visit The Royal Society website.
Benefits of The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence
The EiR awards are for two years. The value of the scheme is up to a maximum of £25,000 per year (including VAT where applicable), and is expected to cover the following:
- Salary equivalent to 0.2 FTE of the award holder’s current salary to spend 20% of their working time at the host. The EiR’s basic salary only will be paid during the secondment; the EiR’s employer will continue to pay national insurance and pension contributions
- Travel and project costs for award holder to travel to and from their host, and accommodation if required. Project costs to help deliver the aims of the project plan can also be included, as can conference attendance, meeting workshops and training .