Why does BBSRC support fellowships?
Highly skilled researchers are vital for the UK to maintain a strong science base and investing in training is a key part of BBSRC’s mission. As part of this mission we support a number of activities to help develop the next generation of research leaders.
Fellowships play an important role in this development by supporting excellent researchers when they need it most; during the transition points of their career. This includes providing support for those researchers at an early stage in their career who demonstrate excellent potential and wish to undertake their first independent research, those more established researchers who have a proven track record and are looking to establish their first independent research group, and those excellent scientists who are looking to return to research having taken a significant career break for family, caring or health reasons.
Fellowship support is also provided to allow researchers with a business idea that builds on previous BBSRC research to develop a full business plan, seek investment, and receive training in business skills and the other skills needed to run a successful business.
An important aspect of all fellowships supported by BBSRC is the programme of mentoring and support that Fellows receive. This ensures that as well as conducting excellent research, Fellows receive extensive training, advice and guidance, allowing them to get the maximum impact out of their fellowship and use it to most successfully advance their career.