For early career researchers in an academic setting, making the transition to working in industry can be a challenging one.
A difference in research priorities and ways of working can mean that candidates often don’t have the experience to make the move. However, the skills and expertise developed through undertaking a PhD and Postdoctoral positions can make a valuable contribution to industry and are one of the key ways in which investment in research has beneficial impact on industry and the economy.
To help address the gap between academic and industrial research, BBSRC has provided several institutions with a small amount of funding, for Innovation Fellowships, to help early career researchers, move out of academia and into industry and by enabling industry to undertake innovation research placements in an academic setting.
The aim is to allow skills to be transferred between the two working environments.