Sêr Cymru

The new Sêr Cymru programme is a suite of schemes part funded by the European Commission through the Horizon 2020 Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions  (MSCA) COFUND scheme or the Welsh European Funding Office (WEFO) under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  

The new Sêr Cymru funding opportunities are focused on further developing Wales’ academic and industrial partnerships, both in the UK and globally, to futureproof continued research excellence. In addition the Capacity Building Awards will ensure continued strength and resilience in Wales’ research and innovation thereby equiping us to meet future challenges.

There are 5 new awards:

  • Future Generations Industrial Fellowships – aimed at strengthening the relationship between Welsh academic researchers and UK and global industrial partners.
  • Science Foundation Ireland Industrial Fellowships – aimed at strengthening our academic and commercial partnerships with Ireland.
  • Strategic Partnership Accelerator Awards – aimed at strengthening established strategic research partnerships.
  • Infrastructure Accelerator Awards – aimed at supporting multi-user equipment purchases.
  • Capacity Building Accelertor Awards – aimed at building and strengthening capacity in smart specialisation areas.

Funding for all 5 new schemes in now open, the funding call will end on the 10th January 2020.

In addition there is a final call for COFUND Fellowships which will also end 10th January 2020. The remaining COFUND fellowships available are short term, less than 12 months, with an end date of February 2021.

The programme is part of the Welsh Government’s Office For Science' approach to increasing research capacity in STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine) related subjects. The programme is also open to researchers working in relevant areas of applied social science.

The programme is designed to attract the highest calibre candidates to work in excellent research groups in Welsh universities with relevant commercial or third sector organizations.

The Sêr Cymru programme is only part funded by the European Commission (either WEFO or H2020), and Welsh Government and the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW), therefore it is vital that applicants contact their potential host institution (who will be providing the rest of the match funding) as soon as possible to discuss their proposed project before submitting an application.

Scheme

East Wales

(HEI Match funding approx. 5%)

West Wales and the Valleys

(HEI Match funding rate approx. 5%)

Future Generations Industrial Fellowship

2

(ca. £150k)

4

(ca. £150k)

Science Foundation Ireland Industrial Fellows

2

(ca. £50k)

4

(ca. £50k)

Strategic Partnership Accelerator Awards

2

(each package ca. £68k)

 

3

(each package ca. £68k)

Infrastructure Accelerator Awards

Pan Wales (ratio split to be based on number of applications total grant available ca. £2.5m)

 

Capacity Building Accelerator Awards

2

(each package ca. £0.5m)

 

3

(each package ca. £0.5m)

 

MSCA COFUND (H2020)

Pan Wales
(HEI match funding approx. 50%)
90

 

 

Previous funding opportunities for Rising Stars, Recapturing Talent, Ŝer Cymru Fellowships and Health and Care Research Wales Precision Medicine Fellowships have now ended.

Industrial Fellowships
Industrial Fellowships

Aimed at strengthening the relationship between Welsh academic researchers and UK and global industrial partners.

Strategic Partnership Accelerator Awards
Strategic Partnership Accelerator Awards

Aimed at strengthening established strategic research partnerships.

Infrastructure Accelerator Awards
Infrastructure Accelerator Awards

Aimed at supporting multi-user equipment purchases.

Ŝer Cymru Capacity Building Accelerator Awards
Ŝer Cymru Capacity Building Accelerator Awards

Aimed at building and strengthening capacity in smart specialisation areas.

MSCA COFUND Fellowships
MSCA COFUND Fellowships

Individual researchers, 3 – 5 years post PhD, who have not been resident in the UK for more than 12 months in the last three years, can apply for a fellowship by submitting an outline of the research they would like to carry out within a host institution in Wales.