University of Warwick UKRI Innovation Fellowships: BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Accounts

Lead Research Organisation: University of Warwick
Department Name: Research Support Services

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Description - What were the most significant achievements from the award?
Four early career Fellows were awarded funding to support independent research projects with industry partners. They developed their individual research profiles, gained valuable experience of working at the academia-industry interface, supported knowledge exchange between the partners and the collaborations have continued beyond the FTMA projects.

- To what extent were the award objectives met? If you can, briefly explain why any key objectives were not met.
The BBSRC FTMA aimed to pump-prime the establishment of new academia-industry interactions and further develop existing ones. The BBSRC FTMA funding has developed new research and further developed new collaborations with biotechnology and drug discovery companies. The Fellows have either submitted or plan to submit independent fellowship funding applications thereby this funding helped to develop their careers.
Exploitation Route The collaborations established or further developed by the FTMA funding have continued with planned research proposals or publications. One project has received additional internal funding.
Sectors Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology

 
Description The BBSRC Flexible Talent Mobility Account supported talented early career researchers (postdoctoral researchers, and those early in their career who are equivalent to BBSRC David Phillips Fellows) to facilitate exchange of knowledge, skills and expertise between academic and industrial sectors. The University of Warwick FTMA award supported four early career researchers to undertake an industrial strategy related project, with three Innovation Fellows completing an exchange of up to three months, or part-time equivalent, at another organisation in order to provide international and academia-industry exposure. Two FTMA-supported Innovation Fellows were relevant to the Rutherford Fund. The funding has developed three new research collaborations and further developed one early stage collaboration with the following biotechnology and drug discovery companies: Hypha Discovery, LifeArc, Asymptote (part of GE Healthcare) and Domainex. The FTMA Innovation Fellowships have enabled two-way transfer of knowledge between the industry and academic partners, including exchange of techniques, development of protocols and improved understanding of commercial processes and commercial potential. The funding has developed four early career research Fellows with experience of the application process, working at the academia-industry interface, and the successes and challenges of working at the academia-industry interface. They have developed their own research profiles. The Fellows have each been mentored by their industrial partners during their project and have developed their own collaborators and network. All Fellows either plan future fellowship applications or have since been successful with fellowship applications. The collaborations initiated by the FTMA funding have continued with new projects, planned collaborative research proposals and publications. The projects have been relevant to the industry partners' interests so we anticipate further impact. Feedback from the Fellows has been positive, highlighting the value of industry experience. We have amended the duration of the fellowships for the FTMA2 following feedback from the Fellows that the three month period was too short. One fellowship project required amending due to challenges in reaching a collaboration agreement with the industry partner and processes have been developed to avoid this in the future.
First Year Of Impact 2018
Sector Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Pharmaceuticals and Medical Biotechnology
 
Description Four collaborative fellowship projects 
Organisation Asymptote
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution BBSRC FTMA funding supported four fellowship projects with industry partners aligned to the industrial strategy. All four projects were with new partners and have led to further collaborative efforts. Warwick contributed expertise and training of staff.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided an industry-relevant collaborative project, hosted innovation fellows, and access to facilities and consumables .
Impact Developed new research collaborations with industry partners Developed four early career research fellows
Start Year 2018
 
Description Four collaborative fellowship projects 
Organisation Domainex
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution BBSRC FTMA funding supported four fellowship projects with industry partners aligned to the industrial strategy. All four projects were with new partners and have led to further collaborative efforts. Warwick contributed expertise and training of staff.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided an industry-relevant collaborative project, hosted innovation fellows, and access to facilities and consumables .
Impact Developed new research collaborations with industry partners Developed four early career research fellows
Start Year 2018
 
Description Four collaborative fellowship projects 
Organisation Hypha Discovery
PI Contribution BBSRC FTMA funding supported four fellowship projects with industry partners aligned to the industrial strategy. All four projects were with new partners and have led to further collaborative efforts. Warwick contributed expertise and training of staff.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided an industry-relevant collaborative project, hosted innovation fellows, and access to facilities and consumables .
Impact Developed new research collaborations with industry partners Developed four early career research fellows
Start Year 2018
 
Description Four collaborative fellowship projects 
Organisation LifeArc
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution BBSRC FTMA funding supported four fellowship projects with industry partners aligned to the industrial strategy. All four projects were with new partners and have led to further collaborative efforts. Warwick contributed expertise and training of staff.
Collaborator Contribution Partners provided an industry-relevant collaborative project, hosted innovation fellows, and access to facilities and consumables .
Impact Developed new research collaborations with industry partners Developed four early career research fellows
Start Year 2018