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STFC Knowledge Exchange

STFC is committed in helping to facilitate the exchange of knowledge from academia into industry. A number of different funding schemes have been developed to help coordinate the translation of STFC technology and research to a commercial application.


  IPS Follow-on-funding IPS Fellowships CLASP IAA
Brief To use STFC funded research or technology to develop or enhance a new product or technique To provide proof of concept funding to develop an idea which could lead to a commercial endpoint To work alongside academics and encourage industry engagement with the university. Please note, this is NOT a research fellowship Themed call to apply STFC funded research/technology to help address societal challenge areas Encourages industry engagement and proof of concept funding managed via host institutions
Expected TRL Range 3-5 2-3   3-6  
Max duration 36 months 12 months 48 months 36 months 1 financial year
Max fEC per year £150,000 £110,000 No max cost No max cost Variable
Industry support? Essential Not required n/a Advised n/a
Extension available? No No Yes No No

KE Launch and Networking Event

This year we will be hosting a joint KE launch event, to promote the external innovations scheme including IPS and CLASP; and officially launch the CLASP challenge areas for 2020 (Security and Environment). It will be held on 5th November 2019 at the Royal College of Physicians in London.

There will be talks from recipients of both schemes, advice and tips on making applications from the Chairs of both the IPS and CLASP Panels, and the Home Office and DEFRA will be discussing some of the UK challenges in the Security and environment sectors. There will be lots of opportunities to discuss the schemes, network with industry/potential collaborators, and get some advice from the Panel.

For further details and to register please visit https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/stfc-knowledge-exchange-2020-tickets-64526760277.

Last updated: 23 July 2019


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