Commercialisation fellowship

We are offering a unique opportunity for researchers to step out of the lab and take part in a focused fellowship programme. The fellowship will provide the opportunity to acquire commercial skills, develop business acumen and networks, and gain valuable experience for career development through on-the-job learning and dedicated training.


As a Commercialisation Fellow, you will work on real projects within the Innovation Strategy team and develop solutions to improve how the University supports our researcher community through collaborating with businesses, commercialising intellectual property and increasing enterprise activities. During the fellowship, there will also be opportunities to connect with corporate partners, investors and entrepreneurs and you will have the dedicated time to explore and develop your skills and networks.

In addition to on-the-job learning and in-house training, you will attend external training and events through the SETsquared Partnership, Praxis Auril and business networks. You will join a cohort of early career researchers from our SETsquared partners, the University of Bath and the University of Southampton, for joint training and networking events.

This is a fixed term 6-month internal secondment opportunity to commence from 1st July and can either be full-time or part-time.


  • Hands-on experience on real projects across technology transfer, industry partnerships, and enterprise and incubation.
  • Comprehensive training covering spin-outs, licensing, intellectual property, contracts, industry collaborations, negotiation and more.
  • Culminates with a project chosen by the Fellow to apply their new knowledge and effect change within their department.
  • Engagement with broader Faculty/Departments in addition to your own research group.
  • Receive mentoring from an entrepreneur in residence or other external e.g. Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN)..


This fellowship is funded by the EPSRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) which aims to support knowledge exchange and the generation of impact from EPSRC related research.

The programme will buy out your time on your current salary and will be managed as a secondment.

Travel budget will enable travel to meetings and develop relationships and networks e.g. with businesses, catapults, investors, KTN etc. All or part of the programme may be delivered online.


You need to be a researcher employed by the University of Surrey on EPSRC grants or in research groups whose work falls within the EPSRC remit.

This Fellowship is aimed at Early Career Researchers who are within 7 years of completion of their PhD (not including an breaks from employment).

Successful applicants will have an interest in impact generation through industry collaboration and/or commercialisation of research and have some understanding of the research environment in the UK.

How to apply

To apply for the Fellowship please complete the Application Form and sending it to no later than 5pm on Monday 15th June 2020.

Please note that approval from your Line Manager or Head of Department will be required for the application to be considered.

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