Secondments - Academic

Putting your research into practice outside academia and building relationships with Industry

The FAIR-SPACE Hub has allocated £160k to enable secondments for existing FAIR-SPACE Hub researchers, of which there are currently 17 post-doctoral researchers, 8 PhD students and 14 academic co-investigators.

Funding can support a secondment of either 3 or 6 months and can be full time or part time.  It can be used to cover:

  • time spent at the external organisation’s premises

  • equipment and project materials

  • workshop costs

  • project-related travel

For a 3 month full time secondment you can claim up to £10,000
For a 6 month full time secondment you can claim up to £20,000
Part time secondments will be calculated pro rata.

Application process

You will be a research employee of the FAIR-SPACE Hub and will have an industrial partner organisation who will host you that is based in the UK or abroad.  Early career researchers particularly benefit from a secondment/placement.

Your project idea must be directly relevant to the FAIR-SPACE Hub research programme and demonstrate alignment with the research themes.

Your proposal will need to:

  • show how both partners will share their expertise through knowledge exchange

  • make a measurable difference to both, for example by exploring the development of new products or services, changing policy or spreading scientific knowledge

Please also note that the FAIR-SPACE is also developing long-term secondments to NASA-JPL and CAS-CIOMP for up to 5 researchers and short-term secondments to space companies and ESA-ECSAT based at the Harwell campus for up to 6 researchers.   These opportunities will be advertised as and when they become available.

How to apply

  1. Complete your application form

  2. Calculate your costs and include these using the template provided

  3. Ensure your partner organisation completes their form, and get letters of support if needed.

  4. Email your application and supporting documents to fairspacehub@surrey.ac.uk

If you’d like to discuss your project or the application process, contact us at fairspacehub@surrey.ac.uk

There is no closing date for the funding opportunity and we anticipate we will allocate £80,000 in 2019/20 and £80,000 in 2020/21 for both Secondments and Placements.

Applications will be evaluated by the Hub Technical Board (HTB) in consultation with the International/Industrial Advisory Board (IIAB) with the Hub Management Board having final approval.

If you are an Industrial Organisation and wish to develop a project idea and host a secondment please email fairspacehub@surrey.ac.uk and we can help you to connect to the right researchers from within the FAIR-SPACE Hub Membership.

Please note all FAIR-SPACE Hub researchers details can also be found here.