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Launch of The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition 2022
Do you have a research idea worth £20k investment?
To attend this event, please register here
Now in its eighth year, The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition has become a key annual programme in the University’s entrepreneurial ecosystem and has spawned a number of spin-out companies. Run by Cambridge Enterprise and the Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge, the competition features a programme of activities designed to help accelerate the creation of businesses from University research. Whether it’s a ground-breaking invention or a social enterprise, whatever the academic expertise, we want to hear from you!
This year’s competition is sponsored by Cambridge Innovation Capital, ideaSpace, Start Codon and Taylor Vinters and will be open for entry from Thursday 28 April.
Event details:
  • Location:  Sanders Hall, The Postdoc Centre, Eddington
  • Date: Thursday 28 April
  • Time: 18:00 to 19:30 (networking to 8pm)
  • Refreshments: Pizza and drinks provided
Event Agenda:
  • A walk-through of the application process with advice and guidance on what judges shall be looking for in submissions
  • Information and support from sponsors including Cambridge Innovation Capital, ideaSpace, Start Codon and Taylor Vinters
  • Feedback from previous winners with their take on what the competition was like and how it helped them
  • Q&A with Cambridge Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Postdocs of Cambridge to help answer any questions you might have.

For more information please visit The Chris Abell Postdoc Business Plan Competition website.

Merit Award Scheme - the following applies ONLY to Research Assistants, Research Associates and Senior Research Associates paid a salary through the university payroll

The university has reinstated its merit award scheme, where research staff can apply for a salary increment (otherwise known as a contribution increment) in recognition of an outstanding and sustained contribution over and above the normal expectation for the role.  Up to three contribution increments may be awarded to an individual in any 12-month period, provided that the individual’s basic salary plus contribution increments does not exceed the top point of the relevant payscale.  This applies to Grade 5 research assistants, Grade 7 research associates and Grade 9 senior research associates.  
If you wish to submit an application, you should discuss this with your supervisor in the first instance, as any application must receive your supervisor’s support.  If you then decide to submit an application, please complete Part 1 of form HR37 and then pass to your supervisor, who must complete Part 2 of the form and then submit both parts to Howard Jones.
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The October 2022 round will open on Monday 2 May 2022 and close on Friday 26 August 2022.
Institutions should send completed HR/37 forms to no later than 5 pm 26 August 2022. Awards approved, under the authority of the HR Committee, will be effective from 1 October 2022 and implemented in the October payroll. Following the closing date for submissions, institutions and individuals will be notified of the outcome directly by email in October 2022.

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