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Archive for September, 2019
This month, Naomi Smith and Richard Holliday describe the support and funding available for interns apprentices from our voucher and training programmes.

How the RSC is supporting internships in SMEs

RSC Internship Grants provide up to £4,000 to SMEs, to host a graduate or career-break returner intern for 3 or 6 months, to work on a Chemistry R&D project. The scheme helps to incentivise SMEs to take on interns, promote the benefits of working in SMEs to recent graduates and offer an alternative route to recruitment for SMEs. We currently award 45 internship grants per year. The Analytical Chemistry Trust Fund generously fund 10 of these, which are for internships that focus on analytical research and development projects. So far over 80% of interns funded by the scheme have been retained in chemical industries; over 70% of these staying on in the SME where they completed their internship.

Applications for RSC Internship grants are open to SMEs, who are current or prospective members of our free-to-join EnterprisePlus network (subject to eligibility). 

Please feel free to share information about our internship scheme with Chemical SMEs in your networks. If you would like to know more about our support for internships, please contact

How the RSC is supporting Apprenticeships

In the 2017/18 academic year over 375,000 people began an apprenticeship, but less than 700 of these were in laboratory based apprenticeships. With the increasing popularity of apprenticeships and increasing technical skills shortages within the sector, it is important that we encourage employers to realise the benefits that apprenticeships have to offer. Apprenticeships can provide a valuable way to increase competence, recruit the next generation of leaders into the sector and provide a valuable entry route into the sector for individuals that prefer to learn in an applied manner.

The RSC supports SMEs to employ apprentices, by providing free impartial guidance and grant incentives of up to £5000 towards the set-up costs of hosting a new apprentice. In the apprenticeships policy arena, we are involved in the apprenticeships trailblazer groups that design and formally review the apprenticeships. We are also seeking to protect standards within apprenticeships by exploring the delivery of external quality assurance in partnership with Ofqual and where possible we have integrated RSciTech, RSci and CChem standards into the apprenticeships.

If you would like to know more about our support for apprenticeships, please contact our apprenticeships specialist Richard Holiday.

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Sep 2, 2019 1:00 PM BST
 Dear all,

Welcome to the Networks Newsletter, our way to keep our member networks up to date with RSC activities, services and new initiatives.

This month in the Spotlight, we have information about support available for interns and apprentices from our Industry and Accreditation teams. As always, full-length Spotlight articles will be published on the RSC Networks Newsletter blog.

This month’s Newsletter contains:
  • Upcoming Deadlines
  • Upcoming Events
  • Spotlight: Internship and Apprenticeship Support
  • Communications from across the RSC
  • Latest updates on our policy work

Upcoming Deadlines

02 September   Researcher Mobility Grants open
08 September   Deadline for responding to survey on 2021-27 Horizon Europe framework programme
12 September   Deadline for ordering 2019 Christmas cards (UK and ROI Local Sections only)
12 September   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 September to additional networks
14 September   Deadline for E-alerts going out on 19 September
01 October        Deadline for Local Section and Interest Group Top-Up Fund applications
01 October        Nominations for RSC Prizes and Awards are open
07 October        Close of applications for Research Fund
14 October        Deadline for IYPT Member Grants


Upcoming Events

03 September              Using GoToMeeting - RSC webinar for member networks
05 September              Member e-alerts
11–12 September        2019 Joliot Curie Conference
17 September              Social media for beginners – RSC webinar for member networks
19 September              Member e-alerts
03 October                   Member e-alerts
17 October                   Member e-alerts
24 October                   Social media for training for member networks: finding and planning content
19 November               Social media for training for member networks: scheduling your content

Spotlight: Internship and Apprenticeship Support

Naomi Smith and Richard Holliday describe the support and funding available for interns apprentices from our voucher and training programmes.

Contact the Industry team to find out more about how we support apprentices.

Communications from across the RSC
Here are updates about events and activities from our Outreach, Careers, Events, International, and Research & Innovation teams, as well as the Chemists’ Community Fund and RSC Publishing.

Social media training for member networks

We are working with our Digital Communications team to produce three tailored webinars to support our member network volunteers. You can find information about the content and presenters on the Events Database or register using the links below.

Can’t make the webinar? Register anyway! We will share the video link, slides and resources with anyone who has registered after the webinar, so even if you’re not free on that day please do sign up!

Register for our Social Media for Beginners webinar

Register for our Finding and Planning Content webinar

Register for our Scheduling your Content webinar

2019 Royal Society of Chemistry Christmas cards for UK and ROI Local Sections

The deadline for ordering your Christmas cards is Thursday 12 September. Have you ordered yours?

Remember, if your committee includes the letter from the Chemists’ Community Fund or some text from the Fund outlining new services and contacts you will be able to reclaim the costs of postage from the Fund.

Click here to confirm your order

Funding opportunities for your research

Our Research Fund offers grants of up to £4000 to support work of high scientific or societal impact that cannot be funded through mainstream sources of funding. We have identified as a priority groups working in less well-funded institutes and early career researchers.

Applications are open for the current cycle and close at 2pm GMT on Monday 7 October

Find out more about our Research Fund

Open to early career researchers and PhD students working in either academia or industry, our Researcher Mobility Grants are worth up to £5,000 and support scientific visits to UK and international organisations.

Applications for this round will close at 2pm GMT on 21 October 2019.

Check your eligibility for our Researcher Mobility Grants 

Chemists’ Community Fund to offer care home top up fee grants

Last month the Chemists’ Community Fund introduced grants towards ‘top up’ of residential care home fees for members and their partners.

Read the full story

Are you or your committee active in STEM engagement?
Applications for the STEM Inspiration Awards are now open

The STEM Inspiration Awards are open to all of our members who are involved in inspiring STEM enrichment and engagement work, not just STEM Ambassadors. You can nominate yourself or take the opportunity to recognise active volunteers in your network by clicking on the button below.

Submit your application before 10 September

Professional development events near you

Nelly Harvey on our Professional Standards team is planning two professional development events for members in the coming months:
  • A training session for those who are or would like to be a CChem mentor on 2 October in Burlington House, London. 
  • An opportunity to have a one to one consultation about our professional awards, including Chartered Chemist, covering suitability, mentor choice and reviewing your evidence, in Birmingham on 15-16th October. 
If your committee would like to coordinate or host a professional development event in your area, Nelly would love to talk to you!

Contact Nelly to arrange a consultation near you

Chemcareers webinars

Our final two webinars of the year from the Career Management team are nearly here: o18 September learn how to become a Chartered Manager through the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Chartered Management Institute, and finally on 16 October find out more about challenging careers in the Water industry and what skills you need to succeed. 

You can watch previous webinars on our YouTube channel. Some of our favourites so far have been how to approach transitioning out of academiacareers in science policy and of course our series on each Chartered Chemist (CChem) attribute. Our webinars are with leading members of the community and our in-house career and professional development advisers to help you explore your options or develop your career. 

Find out about upcoming ChemCareers events here

Latest updates on our policy work
With a programme of activities spanning research funding, mobility of scientists, open access, chemicals regulation, teacher supply, curriculum and much more, our goal is to shape the development of policy relevant to the chemical sciences.

Horizon 2020 funding in the event of a No-deal Brexit

The UK government have extended the Horizon 2020 underwrite guarantee, which commits to funding grants won by UK researchers or businesses from Horizon 2020 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. The guarantee now includes assessing any bids for European Research Council grants, Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions and SME Instrument grants still awaiting approval at the point the UK leaves the EU, and funding the best ones. 

Please see the updated guidance from the government, and register your grant on the dedicated portal before October 31 2019 in order to be able to take advantage of the underwrite guarantee funding.

Register your grant for the underwrite guarantee before 31 October


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Kind regards,

The Networks Team
Fiona, Aurora & Becky

Posted by Aurora Walshe on Sep 2, 2019 1:00 PM BST