Running a successful secondment scheme
This guide explains how temporary placement of academic, industrial, clinical and other collaborators on a shorter-term basis, with a small amount of budget, can lead
to significant innovation and knowledge exchange outcomes.
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Downloadable secondment scheme guide
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A note to knowledge exchange and technology transfer professionals
As a Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) practitioner, you translate research outcomes into products and services that have an economic and social impact, often with tight budget constraints. You know that this isn’t always straightforward.
Gaining fresh perspectives and new approaches for research is at the heart of successful innovation.
The second part of this guide is a case study of our successful secondment scheme.
Since the secondment scheme launch in 2016, Translate has funded 45 secondments with destinations to academia, industry and healthcare settings.
Four steps to big innovation on a small budget
Prepare, publicise, support and evaluate to innovate:
Set out your aims
Identify your participants
Allocate your budget
Prepare the information
Choose your audience friendly channels
Channel your success
Give prompt feedback
Provide post-secondment support
Through feedback from participants and hosts
Secondment scheme toolkit for KEC practitioners
Download and adapt our secondment scheme toolkit, which includes:
- Guidance for applicants
- Outgoing secondment application form
- Incoming secondment application form
- Blog template
Download the secondment scheme toolkit (opens a Word doc)
Download and print the PDF of our secondment scheme guide (opens a PDF doc)