UKRI BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA 2)

BBSRC have awarded the University of Bristol £251K of funding which can help you develop a collaborative project, scale up an existing relationship or develop new projects with industry partners through a secondment. The fund also encourages industry partners to second into the University to boost the development of your project and exchange expertise

The scheme is called the Flexible Talent Mobility Account (FTMA 2) and runs until 31st March 2021.

The FTMA is targeted at talented early career researchers (ECRs), postdoctoral researchers, PhD students who have submitted their thesis and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows or equivalent from industry (PGRs) who have the potential to be the next generation of leaders within UK academic and industrial research.

The account will support the exchange of personnel, perspectives, knowledge, skills and expertise between the academic and industrial sectors, aligned with the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund themes of 'early diagnosis and precision medicine, leading-edge healthcare, transforming food production, and manufacturing and materials’. Your project activities must be based within the BBSRC's remit however applicants do not need to have had previous BBSRC funding.

FTMA 2 Call 4 – deadline 12pm on 14/11/2019. Panel decision to applicants w/c 25/11/2019. We are very keen to encourage applications from outside of the United Kingdom (including UK nationals) to live and work in the UK during the award period.

Contact Cameron Fenwick RED, Knowledge Exchange Associate (KEA) for Life Sciences to discuss your ideas for secondments, prospective engagement and/or training.

Strands of activity within FTMA 2 are:

1) Innovation Fellowships. Through awards of up to £20,000 we will support the mobility of talented ECRs and industrialists to realise the potential of their research and innovation. Secondments will take place in areas which align to Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) themes of: ‘early diagnosis and precision medicine, leading-edge healthcare, transforming food production, and manufacturing and materials and the BBSRC remit. The duration and nature of each secondment will be determined case-by-case. Placements should not last longer than 6 months from the project start date, carried out as a block of time or a series of shorter visits, to maximise exposure to diļ¬€erent research environments and technologies and to facilitate new interactions or support established collaborations. Inward secondments to the University will be designed to align with company needs. International mobility: 25% of the funding available is ring-fenced as part of the Rutherford Fund, to recruit researchers from outside of the United Kingdom (including UK Nationals) to live and work in the UK for the duration of their award. See Guidance and Innovation Fellowship Application form.
Funded Awards need to be spent by 31/03/2021.

2) Innovation Placements. These awards are up to £15,000 to support Submitted Postgraduate Student (S-PG) Placements. Placements should not last for longer than 3 months from the project start date. Projects should align to the ISCF and BBSRC themes given above. We are looking for novel ideas that develop new collaborations with Industrial partners and have a transformative impact on the careers of our talented students. See Guidance and Innovation Placement Application form.
Funded Awards need to be spent by 31/03/2020.

3) Prospective Engagement Awards of up to £1,000 to support ECRs on short visits to companies of interest in the UK and abroad to explore secondment and collaboration opportunities. We want this fund to help develop ECR's/PGR's own relationships with Industry and develop their own network and understanding of industry prioritises, aiming to create the next generation of Research Industrialists. Eligible costs are travel and subsistence. See Guidance and Prospective Engagement Application form.
Funded Awards need to be spent by 31/03/2021.

4) Skills Development and Training awards enabling ECRs to take training opportunities tailored to their development needs: these may be internal or external courses and seminars. The ambition of the fund is to create a step change in the translational culture of our ECRs by enabling them to acquire new translational skills, recognise innovative starting points for translation. Eligible costs are course, travel and subsistence costs. See Guidance and Training Application form.
Funded Awards need to be spent by 31/03/2021.

Contact information – please read before starting any application for funding

Before applying:

Discussingideasfor an application: you must contact, (Knowledge Exchange Associate) to discuss your ideas for Fellowships, Placements, prospective engagement awards and training to ensure your application is eligible and fits within the scheme.

Guidance relating to the project: you should contact UoB – Contracts Team, Research Commercialisation and HR to discuss any issues relating to application. All Schools have their own dedicated staff within these Teams, please ask your School Manager for the contact person if you are unsure.

Finances:you mustcontact your Assistant Faculty Business Partner (AFPB) for advice on completing the full Economic Costing (fEC) for all applications, this MUST be approved by your HoS before you submit your application. All applications must include an apprentice levy, your AFPB will do this for you.

Submittingyour application:  please submit your application to

If you are successful:  Please ensure you have at least 2 months to set up the agreements below. It is the PI’s responsibility to ensure all agreements and contracts are in place BEFORE the project starts.

HR: If your project is successful and it includes staff time, you should contact your Faculty HR contact to ensure the correct HR contract is in place.

Contracts: If you are successful with a placement application and no money from the partner is involved you must contact to make sure you have the correct collaboration agreement set up. However if the partner is making a financial contribution you must let your Assistant Faculty Business Partner know about the success of your award and they will help set up your collaboration agreement.

Contracts: if you think your project should have a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) related with it please contact

IP and research commercialisation: if you have any questions regarding IP or research commercialisation contact your Faculty Research Commercialisation Manager.