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Postdoctoral Researcher Development Funding Opportunities

Supporting collaboration, mobility and knowledge exchange for postdoctoral researchers

C-DICE has a range of options for supporting postdoctoral researchers to benefit from the experience of working with different organisations. This includes collaboration with industry and with different universities, including funding visits to facilities associated with ERA and UKCRIC partnerships.

There are different funding options available to suit your needs, whether you want to undertake a fully-funded industrial secondment for up to 6-months, or a short visit to another university.  The flexible options are intended to allow postdoctoral researchers to design a bespoke opportunity that fits with their needs. 

Alongside these funding options, you can also apply to our caring support fund, which can provide up to £250 to support child-care costs incurred through your activity. 

Why apply?

There can be many reasons for undertaking a funded collaboration with a different organisation.  Successfully applying for funding is a good indication to potential employers of your proactivity and ability to work in different environments.  Experiencing different organisations increases your skills, demonstrates your ability to collaborate, and expands your network.  You may get the chance to apply your expertise to a new problem, make a significant contribution, publish collaboratively, or demonstrate impact in different ways. These are all great for enhancing your CV, employment prospects, and chances of obtaining future funding. A change of scene can also really boost your motivation and creativity – who knows where it will lead! You may want to collaborate on a part-time basis (alongside your current role), take a no-cost extension (subject to funder approval), or tag a funded opportunity onto the end of your current role.  At C-DICE, we will support you to find an opportunity that is suitable and fits with your skills and needs.

If you are a post-doctoral researcher interested in designing and/or co-creating a networking grant, visiting fellowship/ secondment, industrial or policy internships or a partnership grant, that is bespoke to your needs please contact the C-DICE team at Cdice-enquiries@lboro.ac.uk.

Overview of funding options:

Funding TypePurposeMaximum AmountWhat it CoversApplication DeadlinesNumber Available
Networking GrantKnowledge exchange and collaboration between universities and/or industry£1,000Travel and subsistenceQuarterly, see webpage10
Visiting Fellowship / SecondmentKnowledge exchange and collaboration between universities and/or industry to undertake a collaborative project around net-zero and either infrastructure, cities or energy£5,000 per month for up to 6 monthsSalary, travel and subsistence, some consumablesOpen call10
Industrial or Policy InternshipsProjects derived by industry or non-academic third partiesVariable, depending on length of projectSalary, travel and subsistence, some consumablesOpen call – potential hosts to contact C-DICE.no limit
Partnership GrantC-DICE postdocs, academics, or facilities managers to host postdocs from outside of C-DICE partners or abroad.
May be used by C-DICE postdocs to host industry collaborators in exceptional circumstances.
£1,000 (UK),
£2,000 (international)
Travel and subsistenceOpen call10 (UK),
5 (intl)
Caring Support FundOffset the additional costs of caring incurred outside normal work hours by taking part in a C-DICE activity. £250Caring costsOpen callno limit
SandpitFor C-DICE postdocs to develop a collaborative research idea to win seed-corn funding and develop the idea further.£30,000Seed-corn funding to develop ideas furtherTwice yearly1 per Sandpit
Dragons’ DenFor C-DICE postdocs to vie for funding to get their business ideas off the ground.£2,000Business costssee website1 per Dragons’ Den

Getting the best from your networking grant, visiting fellowship or industry internship

Networking grants are meant to allow C-DICE postdoctoral researchers to collaborate with other C-DICE universities, ERA or UKCRIC facilities, industry partners, or universities outside the C-DICE network and abroad working in net-zero, infrastructure, cities, or energy research. Likewise, Industry Internships are meant to allow C-DICE postdoctoral researchers to have a short-term (4 weeks or less) industrial experience working on a project linked to net-zero, infrastructure, cities, or energy research. A visiting fellowship or secondment (of up to 6 months) can take place in a C-DICE university, an ERA or UKCRIC facility, or in industry. In order to qualify for C-DICE funding, the project should align with net-zero research and either infrastructure, cities, or energy research. These opportunities should present new developmental opportunities for the postdoctoral researcher and not be a continuation of their current research project.

Information for businesses and other organisations looking to host a C-DICE postdoctoral researcher

As an organisation, you may wish to propose a project to host a C-DICE postdoc. If the project meets the eligibility criteria, matched funding is available from C-DICE. Contact C-DICE at a.beierholm@cdice.ac.uk to discuss options available to you.

Current and Past C-DICE Funding Opportunities

TitleTypeApplication DeadlineCurrent
C-DICE Carer Support FundCarer GrantN/AY
C-DICE Academic Placements – Call for ProposalsNetworking Grant2 Nov 2022Y
Modelling of Heatsink for 1kW Peltier based heating and cooling recirculating chillerVisiting Fellowship / Industrial Secondment7 Sep 2022Y
Feasibility of Localised Energy Network Options in East BirminghamVisiting Fellowship / Industrial Secondment7 Sep 2022Y
H2 Fuel Cell Sensor with des19ncorVisiting Fellowship / Industrial Secondment5 Aug 2022N
Electrical Fire Prevention System with SAO InnovationVisiting Fellowship / Industrial Secondment17 May 2022N
Developing a hydrogen policy evidence base for HyDEXVisiting Fellowship17 May 2022N
Energy Storage SandpitSandpit7 Apr 2022N
Electricity Grid Market Economics with SygensysIndustrial Internship15 Mar 2022N
Electricity Grid Stability with SygensysIndustrial Internship15 Mar 2022N
C-DICE Postdoctoral Research Fellowships 2022Fellowship19 Jan 2022N
Zero Emission Transport Refrigeration Systems with CenexIndustrial Secondment14 Jan 2022 N
Local Area Energy Representation with Advanced InfrastructureIndustrial Secondment24 Nov 2021N

Problems applying?

If you have problems applying for any of the above opportunities, please don’t hesitate to contact Amy Beierholm, email: a.beierholm@cdice.ac.uk