FTMA NBIC Award – 3rd Round: Now open

We’re pleased to announce that NBIC has been awarded Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA2) by BBSRC.  We’re inviting NBIC academic and industrial partners an opportunity to apply for this funding.  

Applications are now open, and will close at 23:59pm on Sunday 1 November 2020. 

Projects must be completed and all funds spent by 31 July 2021.

 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: targeted at PhD students who have just submitted their thesis who wish to undertake placements within a business environment
  • Innovation Fellowships: 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.

Assessment process

For industry-academia FTMA innovation placement we will utilise our Industry Advisory Board (IAB) to rank the proposals. The IAB is a stakeholder advisory group – It is non-executive and provides guidance and advice to NBIC as well as to challenge it to achieve excellence in translation and innovation, and its membership comprises both large and SME companies from across the sectors. FTMA proposals for fellowship will be reviewed by the Science Management Board (SMB) responsible for delivery and implementation of NBIC science strategy. The ranked lists of FTMA proposals will be ratified by the Executive Management Team who will agree funding thresholds and approve the awards.

Applications open for approximately 4 weeks, and will be assessed and the outcome communicated within 2 weeks. Following the completion of the placement/fellowship the applicants are required to submit a report to NBIC.

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us at nbic@biofilms.ac.uk