The Academy’s Chair in Emerging Technologies scheme aims to identify global research visionaries and provide them with long term support to lead on developing emerging technology areas with high potential to deliver economic and social benefit to the UK. Moreover, by covering employment costs for the Chair, the award enables sustained focus on advancing the technology to application in a strategic manner over a period of up to 10 years.
Applications are welcome from across a broad range of engineering and technology areas including research topics currently considered basic science, but which now require engineering ways of thinking to drive them towards application and in more-established technology areas where the applicant has identified a high-impact novel approach.
- Each award must total to a value of £2,780,000
- All projects must commence on 1 October 2019 and end on 30 September 2029. Each award must total to a value of £2,780,000. Applications with alternative dates and amounts will not be eligible
- Applicants who haven’t been awarded a Professorial title, but have demonstrated research achievements such that they would be strongly considered for Professorial promotion at present, are eligible to apply.
- Awards can only be held at a university, or jointly between the university and an organisation (e.g. national laboratory, research institute, or innovation organisation), based in the UK.
- A letter of appointment from the university (which may be conditional on receipt of the award) must be provided if the applicant is currently based outside the UK university system
- Applications are welcome from across a broad remit of engineering and technology, including areas currently considered basic science, but now require new ways of thinking to drive them towards application, and in areas where technologies are well-established but could be significantly improved by novel approaches
- Applications must be centered on enabling and driving technological innovation. Therefore, proposals whose vision is primarily around scientific advance for its own sake are not appropriate to this scheme.