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Opportunity profile: Making a business out of biology

Got an eye for a business opportunity? It may be worth taking a look at the Royal Society of Edinburgh’s Enterprise Fellowships. Awards manager Anne Fraser tells Anna McKie how the awards can help turn your bioscience research into a commercial success.

The Royal Society of Edinburgh runs an Enterprise Fellowships scheme in collaboration with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, which offers biosciences researchers the chance to commercialise their scientific discoveries while gaining relevant business skills. The one-year fellowships are open to researchers working on any subject that lies within the council’s remit.

Fellowships must be undertaken within a UK higher education or research institution that receives BBSRC funding. The fellowships provide a salary ranging from £25,513 to £38,511. In addition, a total of £5,000 is provided to cover the cost of travel, equipment, and so on, and an additional business development fund of up to £5,000 may be available.

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