The aim of these fellowships is to support those outstanding individuals in industry who wish to move into an academic career or for academics who have recently moved from industry into academia. The expectation is that:
- Their research will have a transformative impact on industry
- There will be a change in culture within academia by transferring best practice in industry to academia
- They will develop into future leaders in the academic world
A pilot call was launched in 2011, with additional calls being launched every year since then. To date, sixteen five-year fellowships have been awarded. Successful applicants have been Dr Geoffrey Nash, Dr Harish Bhaskaran, Dr Ajoy Velayudhan, Dr Peter Foote, Dr Mark Oxborrow, Dr Nicholas Medcalf, Dr Robert Smith, Professor Paul Scott, Dr Cliff Jones, Dr Wladek Forysiak, Dr Chris Price, Dr Jon Wilmott, Professor Mike Smith, Dr Peter Kinnell, Dr Richard Leach and Dr Shinichi Saito.
- Dr Geoffrey Nash is based at the University of Exeter. The industrial partners are Procal, Qinetiq and Oclaro and his research is in the field of disruptive optoelectronic manufacture using graphene.
- Dr Harish Bhaskaran is based at the University of Exeter. The industrial partners are Asylum Research, IBM and iNets. His research area is in nanomanufacturing.
- Dr Ajoy Velayudhan is based at University College London. His industrial partner is GE and his research covers modelling macromolecular manufacturing.
- Dr Peter Foote is based at Cranfield University, working with Meggitt, Smart Fibres Ltd and Rolls-Royce on sensors for through-life engineering.
- Dr Mark Oxborrow is based at Imperial College London. His industrial partners are Bruker Ltd, Link Microtek Ltd and the National Physical Laboratory. His research is in the development of an organic room-temperature MASER.
- Dr Cliff Jones is based at the University of Leeds. His project partner is ZBD Displays Ltd. His research is in optoelectronic and photonic devices.
- Dr Nicholas Medcalf is based at Loughborough University. His research area involves the development of a manufacturing research framework for regenerative medicine.
- Dr Robert Smith is based at the University of Bristol. His industrial partners are the National Composites Centre, Rolls Royce, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, The UK research Centre in non-destructive evaluation (NDE), The British Institute of non-destructive testing (NDT) and the EPSRC Centre for Innovative Manufacturing in Composites. His research is in NDT for composites.
- Professor Paul Scott is based at the University of Huddersfield. His partner organizations are the National Physical Laboratory, Rolls Royce, University College London, The British Standards Institution, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rank Taylor Hobson Ltd and Glyndwr University. His research involves the assessment of geometrical variability of products for manufacturing.
- Dr Wladek Forysiak is based at Aston University. His partner organisations include II VI Photonics (UK) and Oclaro Technology UK. His research is in data networks.
- Dr Chris Price is based at the University of Strathclyde. His project partners include Astra Zeneca, GSK, Pfizer and Syngenta. His research area is Ultrasonic crystallisation for pharmaceutical applications.
- Dr Jon Wilmott is based at the University of Sheffield. His project partners include Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and Mettis Aerospace. His research is in optoelectronic instrumentation.
- Professor Mike Smith is based at the University of Manchester. Project partners include ANSTO, EDF Energy and Rolls Royce. His research is in weld modelling.
- Dr Peter Kinnell is based at Loughborough University. His project partners include The National Physical Laboratory, Carl Zeiss (UK), Solarton Metrology UK, Rolls Royce Plc. His research is in Collaborative Metrology.
- Dr Richard Leach is based at the University of Nottingham. His project partners include Renishaw, 3T, The Manufacturing Technology Centre, The National Physical Laboratory and M-Solv. His research is in Metrology.
- Dr Shinichi Saito is based at the University of Southampton. Project partners include Hitachi and The National Physical Laboratory. His research is in Quantum Manufacturing.
A fifth call was launched in February 2015, with a closing date of 14 May for full proposals, followed by a postal peer review stage and interview panel in November 2015. The announcement of successful candidates will be made in December 2015.