Rosetrees Trust Enterprise Fellowships 2020

This scheme is open for applications.

The deadline for applications is 23:00 on Tuesday 7 April 2020

Rosetrees Trust have announced the launch of their 2020 UK-wide Enterprise Fellowship Scheme.

Enterprise Fellowships are aimed specifically at recently qualified postdoctoral researchers primarily in the fields of engineering, physical sciences, maths and computer science, who wish to develop a long-term programme of biomedical research within a UK University. 

What the Trust are looking for:

  • Successful projects will be truly innovative and not merely an extension of your current research.
  • It is expected that applicants apply their skills to address an important unmet clinical problem, to develop their scientific independence and establish new collaborations across disciplines in the field.
  • Dynamic and motivated scientists who have the vision to address an important clinical problem with a novel and potentially transformative approach.
  • A key consideration will be the candidate’s likelihood of developing as an independent scientist. 

Funding and duration:

The fellowship offers up to £60,000 per annum for three years available for salary and consumables costs. Awards are for 3 years and not renewable. However, fellows will be eligible to apply for other Rosetrees grant schemes during their fellowship tenure and beyond. Awards cannot be used to fund the salary costs of anyone other than the fellow. Full economic costs (FEC) are not payable which include indirect costs or running costs of the host institution. 


  • Applicants must be an early-career researcher with a PhD in a relevant discipline and maximum of 3 years post-doctoral experience (excluding career breaks).
  • Applicants must not yet have held a full-time permanent academic post in a UK university or be in receipt of another stipendiary fellowship.
  • There is no restriction on the number of applications that can be made from one institution, so anyone interested and meeting the criteria can apply. 

Host Institution/Department

  • The host institution will be the location for the proposed enterprise fellow and must be a UK university or research institution. For fellowships to be truly innovative, we believe applicants should move to a new host institution and department. However, should you determine that you will be able to deliver an innovative programme of research within your current institution then this can be justified on the online application form.
  • Enterprise Fellows will be employees of the host institution and subject to that institution's terms and conditions of employment.
  • All applicants must provide signed letters from their proposed academic supervisor and head of department confirming that laboratory or other work space and common resources will be made available to successful candidates and details of any other institutional support.

For any specific funder-related queries, please contact Richard Miller,  Operations Manager, Rosetrees Trust (  0208 951 2588). 

Further information about the scheme and how to apply can be found on the Rosetrees website.  



How to apply

Applications must be submitted using the online Flexigrant Rosetrees application portal ( along with other supporting documents (technical report, CVs, letters of support and references) by 23:00 on Tuesday 7 April 2020. The applicant must register if they don’t currently have a login.  

The Application form is through an online portal and contains the following fields:

  • Applicant Details
  • Career and Project Summary
  • Project Details
  • Financial Details
  • Future Plans / Project Impact
  • Reviewers

Institutional approval is required both from the academic supervisor and the head of the host department/institution.

Shortlisted candidates will be required to attend an interview on 14th October 2020 in London.

Successful proposals will be announced following an interview day in London, with Dame Kay Davies, Professor of Genetics at University of Oxford, chairing the selection panel. 

If you are a University of Bristol researcher and are thinking of applying, please get in touch with Joe Butler and Sandra Spencer as soon as possible.  They will support the development of your application.   You are encouraged to start preparing your application as soon as possible as planning may be needed for the work and where it will be conducted. 

If you are based in Science or Engineering and would like help with finding a connection within Health or Life Sciences Faculties, please contact Nina Couzin, Elizabeth Blackwell Institute,

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