Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Scheme 2020 (up to £20,000)

Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Scheme 2020 (up to £20,000)

Deadline: September 25, 2020

Applications for the Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) Scheme 2020 are now open. The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) scheme, part of the Science, Industry and Translation programme, 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 EiR awards are for one year. The value of the scheme is up to a maximum of £20,000 (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.


  • 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.

Assessment Criteria

Applicants are asked to submit a project plan that should explain what the EiR will do during their residency and the anticipated impacts. The following criteria will be used in assessing applications:

  • The quality and expected impact of the activities outlined in the project plan, in line with the aims of the scheme;
  • The scientific and business track record of the applicant and how this will enable them to successfully deliver the activities outlined in the project plan.
  • The commitment from the host organisation, demonstrating its need for the EiR and its support in enabling them to deliver the project plan.


Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant. It is expected that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application 3 months after the closing date.

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