BBSRC NBIC Flexible Talent Mobility Account Award – Apply Now

The National Biofilms Innovation Centre (NBIC) has been awarded Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA2) by BBSRC.

NBIC is inviting NBIC academic partners and industrial partners an opportunity to apply for this funding.

Usage of the FTMA is highly flexible, but activities undertaken must support the mobility of early career academic and industrialist researchers to new environments, including between sectors and between countries. The activities should aim to pump-prime the establishment of new academia-industry interactions or further develop existing ones.

Activities proposed must align with one or more of the NBIC themes to Prevent, Detect, Manage and Engineer biofilms, and must also align to one or more of the challenges outlined within the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ICSF).

The FTMA comprises two types of award:

  • Innovation Placements: are targeted at PhD students who have just submitted their thesis who wish to undertake placements within a business environment e.g. CTP, CASE or other industry-linked PhDs would be able to further develop their links with the company partner under this scheme.
  • Innovation Fellowships: are targeted at talented early career researchers (postdoctoral researchers, and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows or equivalent from industry) who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research.

It is intended to support the exchange of personnel, perspectives and knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors.  The costs awarded for each project may vary depending on the work proposed for the project but should generally not exceed £10,000 for innovation placements and £15,000 for innovation fellowships.

Applicants for FTMA funding will be asked to present a case for support that includes clear objectives and outputs from the proposed work, as well as identifying further routes for development and leverage of awarded funding.  Applications are welcome for placements which facilitate the development of partnerships to foster longer-term collaborations.  Further details and the application form can be found at

Applications open for approximately 8 weeks, two to three times a year and will be assessed and the outcome communicated within 4 weeks.  Following the completion of the placement/fellowship the applicants are required to submit a report to NBIC.

Examples of awards given to date:

Innovation placements: 16S Metagenomics product development, Improving risk assessment methods for Microbially Influenced Corrosion (MIC), Assessment of the surface cleaning efficiency of Steam-e devices against environmental microbial contamination and biofilms.

Innovation Fellowship: Impact of signalling interference from Azosporillum brazilense Az39, one of the most used seeds inoculants in America, on crop production.

For further details please contact:

This is our 2nd round of calls and is open till 29th November 2019.

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