Awards supporting the genuine movement of people in the UK from one environment to a different one leading to the exchange of knowledge / technology / skills for the purpose of developing bioscience research / researchers and addressing various strategic priorities.
In the region of 20 awards per annum will be made.
Awards will typically:
- Last up to 24 months.
- cost up to £150,000 in total at 80% Full Economic Costing (fEC).
- Be undertaken on a full-time, part-time or intermittent basis.
- Cover a contribution to the salary of the interchangers, reasonable travel and subsistence and costs associated with the interchange.
Applications outside these ranges will be considered with full justification.
The Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) is administered by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC). BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Its aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
FLIP is a unique people and knowledge exchange programme that offers opportunities for those in the bioscience community to learn and share in a new environment.
The programme provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain a new perspective on bioscience research by exchanging knowledge with others. It is designed to increase the movement of people, ideas, technologies, and skills between environments – such as academia and industry or between public and private sector – in order to help develop genuine partnerships and foster long-term collaboration. The resulting interchanges are expected to offer fresh insights to boost the impact of BBSRC-funded research.
FLIP expands on previous people exchange programmes by extending the focus to include professionals working in knowledge exchange, policy development, technology transfer and business development.
The overall aims of the programme are to:
- Enhance opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, technology and people between the research base and user communities and vice versa for economic and/or societal benefit.
- Facilitate the development of partnerships to foster longer-term collaborations, thereby maximising the impact of previously-funded BBSRC research.
- Allow for an expansion of the skill base of individuals, particularly in emerging, niche and vulnerable areas alongside BBSRC’s strategic priorities.
Although there are no specific exclusions cited, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the sponsor in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
Individuals and organisations working in the bioscience community in the UK will be eligible to apply. Each FLIP proposal will only have one lead academic applicant.
The Interchanger must:
- Have a PhD (or for non-academics the equivalent professional experience).
- Upon commencement of the FLIP award, be employed by one of the organisations participating in the interchange, such as a research organisation, UK industry, policy making or charitable organisation.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
FLIP awards provide flexible opportunities for individuals ("the interchangers") moving between different organisations, disciplines and sectors at all stages in their career beyond the PhD (or equivalent).
Potential FLIP interchanges could include: interchanges between business and academia; movement of individuals between the academic base and policy-making or charitable sectors; or time spent working in a different scientific context.
The deadline for receipt of applications for the second 2016 round was 4pm on 17 August 2016.
Details of the next round will be reported when available.
Link to guidelines:
Assistance with submitting an application is likely to be provided by BBSRC.
Applications will be assessed at a Research Committee E meeting. Interviews (if required) will be held thereafter.