Any UK business claiming funding must be eligible to receive state aid at the time we confirm you will be awarded funding. It is not possible to award grant funding to organisations meeting the condition known as undertakings in difficulty. If you are unsure please take legal advice. For further information see our general guidance on state aid.
The secondment can be up to 36 months in duration and can be full-time or part-time. The secondment time can be used flexibly over the 36 months. There is no specific minimum but we expect the secondment’s duration to be sensible and realistic.
It is expected that the secondment will start by 1 December 2020.
At least one of the organisations involved must be a business undertaking biomedical sciences research and innovation, such as pharmaceutical, biotech, devices, biomedical engineering and/or diagnostics.
Part of the secondment must be based in a facility or laboratory in the UK.
Proposals must be made by the organisation that will receive and control the funds. It is expected this will be the seconding organisation (the normal employer of the secondee).
Due to the nature of these activities it is expected that the seconding and host organisations will collaborate closely on the preparation of the proposal. At least one individual from each organisation involved must be named on the application form.
The seconding organisation can apply for up to £300,000 grant per secondment. There is no minimum request for funding.
During the secondment the secondee will continue to be employed by the seconding organisation.
Your application must include all costs that the seconding organisation expects UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) to fund. UKRI will only fund the secondee’s:
- direct salary costs
- National Insurance
- superannuation (not including bonuses or awards)
- travel and subsistence costs, including accommodation.
The seconding organisation and host are responsible for all costs of hosting the applicant, including training, equipment, consumables and overheads. You must include details of both organisations’ contributions in your application, including any direct financial support and in-kind support to the project.
Secondees must be:
- resident in the UK
- in employment within their organisation (seconding organisation) for the duration of the proposed project
- named under the seconding organisation in the application
Where the secondee is the holder of a visa to work that visa must allow the secondee to undertake the activity proposed. It is the responsibility of the secondee to check with their employer that they are eligible to undertake the activity in line with their visa category and conditions.
This call will not fund international working. The host organisation must have a suitable secondment environment in the UK, although UKRI may fund some international travel if it is justified.
The secondee can be at any career stage. Within academic institutions UKRI will consider postdoctoral researchers, if they have permission of their supervisor or department to apply. A doctoral qualification is not a requirement, but secondees must have relevant experience within their field. We encourage applications from clinically qualified individuals.
This is the organisation sending the secondee.
The seconding organisation must:
- lead the application and claim grant
- be ‘research and innovation active’
- hold a UK bank account
Before activity starts, the host and seconding organisation must provide a draft collaboration agreement and upload it to question 5.
This is the organisation receiving the secondee. The host cannot claim grant and must apply as a non grant claiming partner.
Your application must propose a placement within a single host organisation.
Your proposal must show benefit for the host organisation and secondee.
Organisations that agree to host multiple projects must have the resources to support them all if funded.
UKRI application checks
If your application is not in scope or does not fit our eligibility criteria it will be immediately rejected and will not be sent for assessment.
The Innovation Scholars secondments call has been created to fund activity that would not be possible through other UKRI mechanisms. If UKRI determines that a project would be better supported through another scheme the application may be rejected and redirected. This will be done in consultation with you.
Test for public funding
There must be clearly articulated benefits on both sides of the secondment (the secondee and the organisation they are seconded into as a minimum). If the project could be achieved by paying for a service or by consultancy or a contract it may fail the test for public funding.