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NIHR Short Placement Awards for Research Collaboration (SPARC) Round 7

The NIHR SPARC scheme offers NIHR Academy Members (PhD or early career post-doctoral researchers) supported by NIHR Infrastructure and NIHR Schools an opportunity to spend time in other parts of the NIHR; to network, train in a specific skill or collaborate with other researchers/specialists. The placement is funded by awards of up to £5,000 per individual and is designed to optimise and enhance the individuals’ experience as well as their CVs and careers. 
Expansion of the NIHR SPARC Scheme for Round 7 – Industry/Commercial Sector
We are encouraging potential applicants to consider planning and undertaking placements in other parts of the NIHR that have developed partnerships and collaborations with industry partners. In embedding themselves within already established NIHR-Industry partnerships the aim would be to develop skills and gain experience of what is needed to have a successful working relationship with industry (including the life-sciences, med-tech, SMEs and food industry).
Round 7 Application Timetable
NIHR SPARC Round 7 Competition launch Tuesday 6th October 2020
Deadline for applications  Thursday 26th November 2020 at 1pm
 NIHR SPARC Selection Committee Funding Recommendations Meeting  February 2021
Inform applicants of outcome  End of March 2021
SPARC placements to take place  Between 1st April 2021 – 28th February 2022