Funding news - 29/06/2012
Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) Launched (UK)
The newly-launched Flexible Interchange Programme (FLIP) is being administered by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
FLIP is a people and knowledge exchange programme offering opportunities for those in the bioscience community to learn and share in a new environment.
The programme provides an opportunity for individuals and organisations to gain a new perspective on bioscience research by exchanging knowledge with others. It is designed to increase the movement of people, ideas, technologies, and skills between environments – such as academia and industry or between public and private sector – in order to help develop genuine partnerships and foster long-term collaboration. The resulting interchanges are expected to offer fresh insights to boost the impact of BBSRC-funded research.
In the region of 10 awards will be made in the first year of the programme, building to 20 per annum over subsequent years. The Awards will typically:
- Last up to 24 months.
- cost up to £150,000 in total at 80% Full Economic Costing (fEC).
- Be undertaken on a full-time, part-time or intermittent basis.
- Cover a contribution to the salary of the interchangers, reasonable travel and subsistence and costs associated with the interchange.
Individuals and organisations working in the bioscience community in the UK will be eligible to apply. Each FLIP proposal will only have one lead academic applicant.
Potential FLIP interchanges could include: interchanges between business and academia; movement of individuals between the academic base and policy-making or charitable sectors; or time spent working in a different scientific context.
Launching the new programme, Doctor Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Director Innovation and Skills, said:
"Experiencing a new environment offers a wealth of opportunities to grow and develop skills. FLIP will enhance the impact of bioscience research by enabling an individual to develop their skills and to collaborate across sectors, as well as bringing their existing skills and experience to bear on the new environment. This type of interchange not only benefits the research and researcher, it also nurtures partnerships and knowledge-sharing for universities, institutes and industries."
The deadline for receipt of applications is 20 September 2012, 4pm.
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Source: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk, 28/06/2012