EPSRC has made an allocation to the University of Cambridge for the Impact Acceleration Account over a 3 year period. One of the aims of the fund is to establish closer working partnerships with business. The University has therefore elected to use part of the fund for Partnership Development Awards, to pump-prime collaborations with industry partners. The fund is open to research projects within EPSRC remit which will kick-start collaborations with companies who have significant potential to become future strategic business partners for the University.
Typically, the Award will fund an initial project of interest to a prospective industrial partner, which will create the basis for a larger and longer term collaboration which could attract funding either from the company or other external sources (eg TSB). Projects will be short-term (3-6 months) and of up to £50 000 in value. Any costs over £50 000 are expected to be contributed by the industry partner. Projects aligned with the Strategic Research Initiatives and Strategic Research Networks are particularly welcomed. A full list of Strategic Research Initiatives and Networks can be found at www.cam.ac.uk/research/research-at-cambridge/strategic-research-initiatives-networks
An Expression of Interest, consisting of a one paragraph description of the project, should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 December 2013. There will be no assessment at this stage. The purpose of the EoI stage is to identify likely numbers of applications and the thematic areas of applications. Applicants who do not submit an EoI will not be considered at the full proposal selection stage.
The full proposal must be submitted to email@example.com by 10 January 2014. The bids will be reviewed by a cross-disciplinary selection panel of academics with commercial experience nominated by the Schools.