IAX Industry and Academia Exchange

Industry and Academia Exchange


IAX MRC University of Leicester

About IAX

The University of Leicester has secured funding from the Medical Research Council (MRC) Proximity to Discovery scheme to support engagement between academic scientists and industry partners.

The scheme utilises creative approaches to reduce barriers between academia and industry engagement for all levels of University staff from postgraduate students, early career researchers, technical and academic staff to members of the research and enterprise division.

The overall IAX programme will fund a variety of activities including a showcase partnering event, people exchanges, sand pit meetings, and industry training courses for academics.

The people exchanges (or secondments) enable academics to experience work within an industry setting and conversely, industry members to spend time at the University to understand the research and development opportunities within an academic environment.


Enterprise Training Workshops

This workshops series will be presented by industry specialists and cover all aspects of commercialising your research.

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The final training in this series features Dr Mark Bamford discussing What is it like to work in GSK Big Pharma is taking place on Thursday 16th May 2019 10:30-12:00, 0.31 in the George Davies Centre.

Please visit here to register, as a hot buffet lunch will also be provided.

People Exchanges

The IAX People Exchange opportunities will be assessed monthly until all funding is allocated. The next call will close on Monday 3rd June 2019, however, if you have a project which fits this remit and you would like to discuss this after the closing date, then please contact Ruth Barber on rcb6@leicester.ac.uk

The purpose of this call is to support University staff with the opportunity to work within the MRC remit with an external partner at their site on a project idea, or for an external partner to work on a project idea at the University.

Funding can be requested for  incoming and outgoing staff secondments between our University staff and Industry partners.

Please note: all IAX People Exchange activities must take place before the end of July 2019

For enquiries, please contact Ruth Barber rcb6@leicester.ac.uk
Slides from the first Winter 2019 call which will help you get the best of your application can be found here


Other IAX Funding Opportunities

Funding is available for up to £1,000 per project at any time (no closing dates). Plesae contact the IAX team to discuss your ideas.

  • This funding can be used to develop research relationships:
    Organise workshops and meetings which enable University colleagues to meet with industry partners.
  • Enable University colleagues to attend industry partnering meetings.
  • Support research grant development meetings with industry partners to develop shared work plans.
  • Requests will not be funded if there are no industry representatives at the meetings.
    Please note: IAX Meeting/Event activities must take place before the end of September 2019.

Events and Meetings Application Form 2018-19 are downloadable from here

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