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Innovation Scholars secondments

Please note changes to this call’s deadlines in the response to Covid-19.


UKRI invites applications for individuals from any discipline wishing to spend up to 36 months (full or part time) on secondment in the biomedical sciences sector.

Proposals can come from any discipline but either the seconding or host organisation must be a business within the biomedical sciences sector (such as pharmaceutical, biotech, devices, biomedical engineering or diagnostics).

The objectives of the call are to:

  • create porosity between sectors by enabling career mobility
  • boost the skills, knowledge and career development of people
  • intensify knowledge exchange between the biomedical industry and academia
  • add value to the Biomedical Sciences sector and the UK economy by increasing productivity

This people-focused competition will achieve its objectives by supporting secondments to fund any activity that enhances the skills of, or provides career development for, the secondee and benefits the organisations involved. The secondee must work on an activity that works towards solving challenges within the secondment (host) environment.


Programme Director Matthew Lodge will be discussing how the scheme can benefit you and your employees in a webinar at 10am on 2 June. There will be an opportunity to capture questions emerging from interested partnerships.

Please register for the webinar on Cvent:

The webinar is hosted by the Knowledge Transfer Network.

How to apply

This call is hosted on the Innovation Funding Service. Full details are at the link below.

This call was previously divided into three identical strands, with different closing dates. As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have merged the three strands into one.

Proposals for all strands will now follow the time line for strand three, with a closing date of 1st July. All proposals will be considered in one process and the total budget allocated for the calls remains unchanged. If you have not yet started an application, please apply to stand 3. If you have a current application in stands 1 or 2 please contact support@innovateUK.ukri.org for advice.

The exception to this is any proposal that addresses the current Covid-19 pandemic and meets the scope of the call. If you believe your proposal falls into this category then please contact Innovationscholars@ukri.org to discuss your proposal.


If you need more information about the requirements for this competition, contact Innovationscholars@ukri.org

If you want help to find a project partner, contact the Knowledge Transfer Network.

If you need more information about how to apply email support@innovateuk.ukri.org or call 0300 321 4357 between 9am and 5:30pm, Monday to Friday.