Innovations Partnership Scheme Fellowships

The Innovation Partnership Scheme (IPS) Fellowship is designed to support a knowledge exchange and commercialisation (KEC) professional in a position at a UK university in developing innovation and impact from its STFC-funded research outputs.

This is not a research fellowship.

The IPS fellow will cultivate innovation opportunities by facilitating the transfer of technologies, skills and knowledge, developed through funding from the STFC Science Programme, to industry and other users of research outputs. The fellow will focus on commercial exploitation to ensure UK economic impact. The fellow will also strive to enhance the capacity for knowledge exchange within STFC funded departments of the host university.

IPS Fellowships may be held at any UK university and can be single university fellowships or multi-institutional fellowships. The host university will be in receipt of significant active grant funding from the STFC Science Programme (particle physics, astronomy, nuclear physics and space science). When there are partners to an application, the partners need to nominate a host university for the fellowship. The host university will be responsible for implementing the management arrangements for the fellowship.

It is anticipated the fellow will bring experience of both technology transfer and a relevant science background. They will be expected to have a good appreciation of the STFC science programme and of the related technologies, applications and industrial sectors of users.

The IPS Fellowship can last up to four years. STFC will fund up to 50% of the Fellowship cost at 80% fEC. The organisation applying must show where the remainder of the Fellowship funding will come from for the duration of the Fellowship.

Guidance Notes (PDF, 84 KB)


In 2019, there will be two calls for applications. Each call will close at 16:00.

    Opens Closes
KE February 2019 IPS Fellowship 1 Jan 2019 19 February 2019
KE July 2019 IPS Fellowship 25 May 2019 25 July 2019


  • For help with Je-S, please contact the Je-S helpdesk.
  • The STFC office can provide help and support on IPS applications. Please contact Helen Randell-Sly.

How to Apply

Applicants are strongly advised to read the Guidance Notes.

Applications must be from an organisation with STFC funding as the role is to exploit STFC research. The host organisation must apply using the JeS system.

All documentation must be submitted by the closing date. We cannot add any extra information that arrives after this.


IPS Fellow Equality Impact Assessment (PDF, 128 KB)

Last updated: 29 March 2019


Science and Technology Facilities Council
Switchboard: +44 (0)1793 442000