Call status: Open
Application deadline: 26 April 2017, 5pm
The Fellowships enable the recipient to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills.
Funded by BBSRC and delivered by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Enterprise Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Enterprise Fellow would be expected to play a leading (though not necessarily the leading) role. This award is of particular relevance to individuals and ideas who previously received BBSRC Follow-on Funding (although not exclusively).
How to apply
For further information and to download an application form and guidelines The Royal Society of Edinburgh website.
Training and support
Enterprise Fellowships are designed to enable the recipient to focus on the development of their research into a commercial proposition, through business training tailored to the individual project, access to business professionals with a proven track record of commercial success and funding to cover the costs of attending conferences and trade shows.
- A year’s salary to provide time to develop a full business plan and seek investment
- For this round BBSRC and the RSE are piloting the option of a part-time Fellowship in addition to the conventional full time award; please see the BBSRC Enterprise Fellowship terms and conditions document (page 7) available on the Royal Society of Edinburgh website for more details
- Access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors
- Tailored business training to help develop the required skills
All Enterprise Fellows become part of the RSE Entrepreneurs Club, an exclusive group that includes investors, past awardees, business experts, professeional advisors and RSE fellows. All current Enterprise Fellows are asked to deliver two presentations during their Fellowship year, where they are able to provide an outline of progress on their business development plans and to receive feed back from the club members.
What Enterprise Fellows say
The programme has already led to holders of fellowships taking up chief executive, technical director or other key player posts in some of the UK's exciting new technology companies.
Watch a video where BBSRC-funded Enterprise Fellow Dr Margaret Anne Craig describes her experience founding Clyde Biosciences. You can also read a Q&A with her: Profile feature – Margaret Craig.