The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR)

The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

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The Royal Society Entrepreneur in Residence (EiR) scheme aims to increase the knowledge and awareness in UK Universities of cutting edge industrial science, research and innovation.


The scheme provides opportunities for outstanding industrial scientists and entrepreneurs to spend time working in a University to: 

  • expose university staff and students to state-of-the-art industrial research and development, and the scientific challenges faced by industry;
  • provide support and expert advice aimed at promoting innovation and the translation of research by Universities;
  • grow confidence in and understanding of business and entrepreneurship among staff and students;
  • provide career recognition to the award holders, and support their professional development.

Activities that an EiR might undertake could include (but are not limited to):

  • developing or delivering courses for undergraduate and postgraduate students that reflect cutting edge industrial science, the application of science in industry and entrepreneurship;
  • providing careers advice and guidance for students and post-doctoral researchers interested in working in industry;
  • mentoring and advising students and academics who are setting up a company or who wish to develop collaborations with industry;
  • using their industry knowledge to identify and evaluate the commercial potential of university research, eg helping with due diligence;
  • advising and signposting staff and students on where to access funding, investment and further expertise;
  • increasing awareness and visibility of the university’s research within industry.

What is the application process?

Applications should be submitted through the Society’s grant management system Flexi-Grant®. Applications are assessed by the Industry Fellowship panel.

It is expected that applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application 3 months after the closing date.

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About the Royal Society

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

The Society’s fundamental purpose, reflected in its founding Charters of the 1660s, is to recognise, promote, and support excellence in science and to encourage the development and use of science for the benefit of humanity.

The Society has played a part in some of the most fundamental, significant, and life-changing discoveries in scientific history and Royal Society scientists continue to make outstanding contributions to science in many research areas.

Our priorities

  • Promoting excellence in science
  • Supporting international collaboration
  • Demonstrating the importance of science to everyone

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Am I eligible to apply?

  • The scheme covers all areas of the life and physical sciences and engineering, including agriculture, mathematics, biotechnology, environmental research, and medical sciences, but excluding clinical medicine.
  • The scheme is open to applicants of any nationality, who are eligible to work in the UK for the duration of the award. Applicants should have a background in science and engineering, although they do not necessarily have to hold a PhD.
  • They must be able to demonstrate significant experience of working in science in an industrial research context, and one or more of the following:
  • experience of managing university-business collaborations and the translation and commercialisation of research;
  • experience of entrepreneurship, such as company formation and growth, investment etc;
  • experience or interest in training, coaching or mentoring

Applicants can be either employed full-time, part-time, or self-employed.


Deadline: The application period is open for one or more cycles a year

Cost/funding for participants:

What is the scheme’s value and tenure?

The EiR awards are for two years in the first instance, with the possibility to apply for an extension for a third year. The value of the scheme is up to a maximum of £40,000 over the two years (including VAT where applicable), and is expected to cover the following:

  • Salary equivalent to 0.2 FTE of the award holder’s current salary to spend 20% of their working time at the host over two years. The EiR's basic salary only will be paid during the secondment; the EiR's employer will continue to pay national insurance and pension contributions.
  • Travel and project costs for award holder to travel to and from their host, and accommodation if required. Project costs to help deliver the aims of the project plan can also be included, as can conference attendance, meeting workshops and training.
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