FORGING FUTURES SCHEME
This funding aims to support and develop a cohort of researchers by enabling them to explore the opportunities available to them in academia and industry and equipping them with the tools to work effectively between the two.
Scope of Prize
SULSA, in collaboration with Interface, have created the Forging Futures scheme to support and develop a cohort of researchers by enabling them to explore the opportunities available to them in academia and industry and equipping them with the tools to work effectively between the two. Recipients of this scheme will become SULSA Ambassadors for Industry Engagement.
The scheme has the added benefit of; enhancing the translation of research, catalysing cross-fertilisation across universities, building the confidence of researchers in collaborating across academic disciplines and industry sectors, increasing funding options for our researchers, and supporting their career progression.
This scheme will include:
- A 6-week modular course with Skillfluence on how to engage effectively with industry (see drop-down below for more information)
- Group coaching sessions with MyFuturePlan to help them on their career path (see drop-down below for more information)
- Access to industry case studies and connections with industry through Interface
- £500 toward professional development training
1 PhD Student and 1 post doctorate researcher will be awarded from each of the SULSA member universities, and each will become a SULSA Ambassador for Industry Engagement within their institution. With this comes an expectation that you will pay it forward and work within your cohort of 11 to share the knowledge and insight you have learnt with your research community. This could be through organisation of institute seminars with industry representation or through the creation of useful resources. Cohorts will be able to request small sponsorship funds from SULSA to support them with any ideas they have. As part of this cohort we also welcome your ideas and input as the year goes on into how we can develop the scheme and provide optimal support for future cohorts.
Forging Futures Webinar
A webinar detailing this scheme and its benefits took place on Tuesday 7th September with a talk from Tony Bradshaw (MyFuturePlan), Alison Gray (Skillfluence) and Siobhán Jordan (Interface).
Eligibility and Conditions
- Either a PhD student (penultimate year) or a Postdoctoral Researcher
- Working within Life Sciences research
- Must be a member of one of the eleven SULSA Member Universities
The scheme will run for two cohorts; PhD Students and Postdoctoral Researchers. Each of the eleven SULSA Universities will have one position to fill per cohort.
- The successful candidate for each University must act as a SULSA Ambassador for industry engagement within their departments
- The two cross-University cohorts must ‘pay it forward’ and support industry-engagement within their institutions, with support from SULSA and Interface
- You must be available to attend all the scheduled module and coaching dates (listed on drop-downs below)
- You must have your application signed by your PI to demonstrate their support
- You must be funded up until the end of the AY 2021/22 as a minimum due to the timings of the training delivery
- As a cohort you must report back to SULSA twice between January 2022 and December 2023
Submitting Your Application
- Please submit your application (a single PDF) to firstname.lastname@example.org at SULSA by 5pm on Friday 1st October 2021.
Notification of Outcome
- Successful applications will be notified by email by Monday 25th October 2021.
Payment of Funds
- If successful, funds (£500) will be transferred to your Institution. Funds must be spent within 12 months of the date of transfer and must be used towards professional development training.
- You must provide the SULSA administration with project updates and outcomes when requested for reporting purposes.
Skillfluence Modular Course
- 6 x weekly 2 hour participative masterclasses
- This course is designed to provide you with a set of tools and skills to help you be immediately more effective working in, and with, industry
- You’ll learn about career routes in industry to access the jobs you want; and gain know-how that lets you engage with industry with more confidence
- Self-study lessons on eLearning platform
- Live conversations and networking with industry representatives and collaborators
- Individual application activities
- Completion Certificate
You must be available to attend all masterclasses on the following dates:
- Tuesday 18th January 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
- Tuesday 25th January 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
- Tuesday 1st February 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
- Tuesday 8th February 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
- Tuesday 15th February 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
- Tuesday 22nd February 2022 at 10:00 – 12:00
- 1 x open seminar (maximum 50 people)
- 1 x 1 hour coaching session 1 (with all 11 people from your cohort)
- 1 x 1 hour coaching session 2 (maximum of 2-4 people per session)
- Opportunity to develop a plan for your next career steps, develop an industrial engagement strategy and build collaboration within your cohort
- Help define and channel your technical skills, experience and personality to realise your ambition
- A better understanding of your unique contribution in your laboratory and the community in which you currently operate
- Help you prosper in the industry landscape, or in an academic role that benefits from industry collaboration
You must be available to attend all coaching sessions on the following dates:
Cohort 1 (PostDocs):
- Session 1: Thursday 20th January 2022 at 12:00 – 13:00
- Session 2: Option of 11:00 – 12:00 on Wednesday 9th February / Thursday 10th February / Friday 11th February (you only need to attend one of these dates)
Cohort 1 (PhDs):
- Session 1: Thursday 3rd February 2022 at 12:00 – 13:00
- Session 2: Option of 11:00 – 12:00 on Wednesday 16th February / Thursday 17th February / Friday 18th February (you only need to attend one of these dates)
Support from Interface
The team at Interface has a long-standing track record of translating industry led challenges and opportunities to forge collaborative R&D projects co-developed with academic teams from across Scotland to deliver new products, processes and services.
The Forging Futures participants will be supported as follows:
- Learn about engaging with industry to deliver successful partnerships
- Understand the range of available support from the Scottish ecosystem including getting to know funding opportunities to support academic – business partnerships
- Facilitate conversations and networking with industry representatives and collaborators from Interface’s network
- Explore “the art of the possible” for ideal collaborators to enable outcomes and impact
- Opportunity to attend industry focused workshops and webinars