What is the Distinguished International Associates programme?
The Distinguished International Associates Programme is a programme for excellent international engineers who are at the cutting edge of engineering research or innovation and have existing collaborations or connections to the UK which they would like to intensify.
The fourth round of the programme will take a thematic approach, considering applications related to 'Technologies for the Future'.
What is the assessment process?
All applications will be assessed against a number of factors. These include the extent to which the application complies with the aims and objectives of the scheme. All reviewers will be asked to consider each proposal under the following criteria:
- Applicant experience and track record
- Do you consider the applicant’s experience to show excellence in their field?
- Does the applicant’s background and experience align with the thematic focus?
- Applicant networks and UK partner
- Is the UK partner well established in their field?
- Does the applicant have existing partners / networks which would benefit Academy activities?
- Previous engagement with organisations similar to the Academy?
- Programme of activities
- Are activities realistic within the award length and budget?
- Do proposed activities contribute to programme objectives, and Academy strategic goals?
- Thematic alignment - do you consider the applicant's proposal to show alignment with the theme of Technologies for the Future?
How do I apply?
When will the current application window close?
The deadline to submit applications for round four is Tuesday 23 January, 16:00 GMT.
Is my area of work eligible for the theme Technologies for the Future?
The fourth round of the Distinguished International Associates programme will be open to researchers, academics and engineers working on Technologies for the Future. This includes, but is not limited to, artificial intelligence, future telecommunications, semiconductors, autonomous systems, and quantum technologies.
If you are unsure if your background and expertise will be eligible, please contact DIAssociates@raeng.org.uk - we are very open to discussion of applications in related technologies and areas of work.
When will I know if my application is succesful?
The outcome of applications should be released in March 2024. Awardees will be expected to start their projects shortly afterwards.
Do I need to provide a letter of support or endorsement letter. What does this letter need to cover?
The letter of support or endorsement letter should be issued by a senior UK engineer or innovator who knows you well enough to provide suitable commentary on your experience and skills.
The letter should:
- include an explanation of how they know the applicant
- mention why they believe the applicant is suitable to lead the programme of activities (motivation, skills, experience, determination)
- comment on the credibility of the project and any expected benefits to the community.
How much funding is available?
The maximum which could be awarded for each project is £10,000. Up to 12 awards are available.
Can I submit more than one application?
As lead applicant you may only submit one application per round under the Distinguished International Associates Programme. You may submit an application to a new round of the programme if you have applied to a previous round, including if you were awarded on a previous round.
DIA alumni and existing awardees will be unable to apply again for the fourth round of the programme, but may act as a collaborator on an application.