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Enterprise Secondment Awards
Enterprise Secondment Awards support UCL staff wishing to promote their engagement in knowledge transfer, through secondments with companies, social enterprises, charities and other non-academic organisations.
Projects will be prioritised based on their identifiable impact or the building of longer-term research partnerships.. Impacts will be monitored through identifiable and measurable outcomes e.g. new jobs, public engagement, scientific dissemination and follow-on activity e.g. business startups and/or new collaborations with clear potential for IP development and/or development of longer- term research partnerships. The prospective benefits to project stakeholders (e.g. secondee, UCL, external partner) will all be considered.
- Projects should have a clear knowledge transfer focus.
- Project partners must have a UK-based research presence.
- Secondments should have underpinning research in the EPSRC remit.
- Projects should demonstrate measurable impact to all partners, and should attract either direct or in kind contributions from the external partner.
- Projects should be no more than £50K for 1-6 months' work.
- Secondments to other HEIs or other educational establishments are not eligible.
- Applicants should seek approval and support from their Head of Department before they apply.
A pFACT costing will be generated and submitted for departmental review, but RFU approval is not required. Only direct costs are funded: this includes salary,NI and pension costs, reasonable travel and subsistence, appropriate consumables. The secondments will be supported for all career stages from doctoral students to academic staff, the latter integrating with UCL’s existing sabbatical scheme.
The PI and Secondee must agree to this commitment and take part in the monitoring processes. PI and Secondee must also engage with UCLB and the research contracts office to ensure UCL’s IP is protected and its value maximised.where appropriate.
Funds are dispersed using the normal UCL financial regulations and systems. Funds must be spent within the terms and conditions of the EPSRC and any unaccounted costs or under spends will be clawed back for re-use within further calls. Overspends are the responsibility of the department.
A secondment contract will be developed by the Office of the Vice Provost (Enterprise) prior to the start of the secondment.
Please find further information about conditions and benefits of Enterprise Secondments in the application guidance. In addition, the UCL-HR website has general information about secondments available.
Decisions on funding and deadlines for the academic year 2013/14
Awards may be reviewed in confidence by members of the UCL community. The decision to award, suggest resubmission, or to decline rests with the Enterprise Steering Committee, following which applicants will be notified about any next steps. Applications for <£10k may be awarded between meetings.
Submission deadlines for ESC decisions in the academic year 2013/14
|Submission deadline||Decision date|
06 November 2013
28 November 2013
07 January 2014
30 January 2014
05 March 2014
27 March 2014
06 May 2014
29 May 2014
03 july 2014
||24 July 2014|
- Application form Enterprise Secondments
- Guidance for Secondments application
- Further secondment guidance from UCL HR