The applicant (also known as the principal investigator) can be either:
- the secondee, who claims salary from the grant
- a lead representative of the submitting organisation, who cannot claim salary from the grant.
If the secondee is not the applicant, they should be listed in the application as named research staff.
Applying as the secondee
As a candidate for a secondment, you must be:
- a resident in the UK
- have a contractual employment relationship with a UK organisation eligible to receive UKRI funding.
An organisation is eligible if they are one of the following:
- a UK registered business
- an eligible UK public or third sector organisation
- a UK university or research organisation
- a UK independent research organisation.
We welcome applicants at all career stages. You are not required to have a doctoral qualification or a background in architecture or design. We welcome evidence of equivalent professional and practice-based research experience.
You must be able to undertake research and innovation activities in architecture or design at a postdoctoral equivalent level.
Who can host your secondment
Your application must include a collaboration between a:
- UK research organisation or independent research organisation
- UK business, policy or civil society organisation.
For example, you can apply for secondment from a business, third or public sector organisation into a university or other eligible research organisation (or vice versa).
At least one of the organisations involved in the secondment must:
- undertake architecture or design research and innovation as part of their activities
- have strong capabilities in design or architecture.
This helps to ensure that you have a supportive environment for your secondment, as well as networking opportunities and a chance to learn from your colleagues.
Applying as a lead representative of the submitting organisation
Each employer submitting the secondment application to AHRC must:
- have a demonstrable, current and ongoing capability to undertake high-quality research and innovation activity
- be in a position to support you (the secondee) to plan and deliver your secondment
- lead the application and use the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) system for the purpose of submitting it
- hold a UK bank account
- be eligible for UKRI funding.
The seconding organisation will be the only organisation eligible to receive funds from the award.
Your employer must include a partner host institution in the application form. For applications submitted by an academic organisation, this should be a non-academic organisation.
A non-academic organisation would be UK private, public or third sector. An academic organisation could be a university or other eligible research partner.
The wider UKRI eligibility criteria for funding applies.
Find out who can apply for funding.
Who cannot apply
Given the aim to support porosity between academia and non-academic sectors (public, private or third sector), we will not support secondments from a higher education institution to another higher education institution. This is the case even if two different academic disciplines are involved.