“By undertaking an industry secondment, I had the opportunity to: expand my professional network, gain knowledge and a broader perspective on industry-led projects, have interesting discussions and exchange experiences that would not have happened in an academic environment and incorporate the findings in my ongoing research. I would recommend a secondment outside academia for anybody with an interest in exploring relevant research problems from a different perspective. It has positively impacted my career.” 

Dr Laiz Souto (University of Bristol and C-DICE secondee)

Secondments can be excellent conduits to increase engagement and knowledge exchange between industry stakeholders, researchers and policy-makers. In parallel, secondments can provide excellent career development opportunities to explore other aspects of the industrial system and build skills and expertise.

The IDRIC secondment fund will fund secondments aimed at enhancing UK capacity to develop industrial decarbonisation projects. Secondment funding can support secondments from academic research institutions to industry, business, governmental bodies or third sector organisations. Secondment funding may also support non-academics wanting to work with academia.

Fund criteria:

  • Secondments can be 1-9 month but must end before 29th Feb 2024.
  • Secondments can be full-time, part-time or remote (depending on home and hosting organisation requirements).
  • Host-secondee partnerships must be in place before applying. See ‘Brokerage Scheme’ for more information.
  • Bimonthly submission rounds.
  • Application includes: case for support, letters from hosting and home organisations and the secondee’s CV.

Call timelines*:

Round one

Closing date: CLOSED
Round two

Closing date: CLOSED
Round three

Closing date: CLOSED
Round four

Closing date: CLOSED

*If an applicant makes a strong case that they are responding to a time-sensitive opportunity and application process timelines do not fit with their needs, we will assess the proposal outside the normal timelines. Applicants should email info@idric.org to discuss their proposal first if this is the case.

Full details of the call are available in the call document.

Brokerage Scheme

Organisations interested in participating in the scheme who do not have a secondee may use our brokerage scheme aimed at connecting potential secondees to hosting organisations. More details of this scheme are provided in the call document.

If you are interested in using the brokerage scheme to advertise your secondment please email IDRIC Skills Research Officer (Charlotte.McLean@hw.ac.uk) who will be able to provide more details.

Please note: forming connections through the brokerage scheme is not an obligatory step of the application process.

Interested in a secondment?

These host organisations are currently looking for a secondee.

Scottish Government

The Scottish Government are seeking a researcher with expertise in industrial decarbonisation to work within their industry decarbonisation team to help develop an expanded policy framework that meets the challenge of Scotland’s net zero targets. You do not need to have worked in policy areas before but you must have knowledge of the wider considerations of industrial decarbonisation. Secondee can work remotely from anywhere in the UK. For more information, click the link below.

Open Call 


NECCUS is an alliance of industry, government and experts, united by their determination to drive the changes and programmes needed to reduce carbon emissions from industrial sources in Scotland and beyond. They are seeking a secondee to provide analysis and research on Scottish, UK and European policy focussed on industrial decarbonisation in Scotland, in particular policy associated with CCUS and hydrogen, to the members of NECCUS. For more information, please click the link below.

Deadline 27th September

Intention to Submit

Here you can submit your intention to apply for IDRIC Funding

*Required Information

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