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Enterprise Fellowships

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Call status: Open
Application deadline: 1 November 2019, 17:00

The Fellowships enable the recipient to concentrate on developing the commercial potential of their research, whilst also receiving formal training in relevant business skills.


Funded by BBSRC and delivered by The Royal Society of Edinburgh, Enterprise Fellowships are designed to encourage the development of a new business, building on previously funded BBSRC research, around a technological idea developed by the Enterprise Fellow (either individually or with others) and within which the Enterprise Fellow would be expected to play a leading (though not necessarily the leading) role. This award is of particular relevance to individuals and ideas who previously received BBSRC Follow-on Funding (although not exclusively).


This call is open to all who are seeking to build on BBSRC-funded research (PhDs, PDRAs, Fellows, Lecturers, Professors etc.). A part-time option is also available.

You will need to be able to demonstrate that your application draws substantially on the outputs of a previous peer reviewed research grant or other type of substantial BBSRC investment.

How to apply

For further information, terms and conditions, application guidelines and to register for an account where application documents can be downloaded, please visit The Royal Society of Edinburgh website (see external links).

Training and support

Enterprise Fellowships are designed to enable the recipient to focus on the development of their research into a commercial proposition, through business training tailored to the individual project, access to business professionals with a proven track record of commercial success and funding to cover the costs of attending conferences and trade shows.

They provide:

  • A year’s salary to provide time to develop a full business plan and seek investment
  • Access to mentors, business experts and professional advisors
  • Tailored business training to help develop the required skills
  • A part-time option is also available; please see the application guidelines document available on the Royal Society of Edinburgh website for more detail.

All Enterprise Fellows become part of the RSE Entrepreneurs Club, an exclusive group that includes investors, past awardees, business experts, professional advisors and RSE fellows. All current Enterprise Fellows are asked to deliver two presentations during their Fellowship year, where they are able to provide an outline of progress made on their business development plans and to receive feedback from the club members.

What Enterprise Fellows say

The programme has already led to holders of fellowships taking up senior positions from chief executive, technical director and other key posts in some of the UK's exciting new technology companies.

Watch a video where BBSRC-funded Enterprise Fellow Dr Margaret Anne Craig describes her experience founding Clyde Biosciences.


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