Cross-Sector Experience Awards

These awards provide up to £100,000 to support individuals who want to work in a different sector between three to twelve months.

Key dates

Applications for round one are now closed.

We anticipate opening applications for round two of the scheme in November 2024.


As part of the Academy’s Cross-Sector Programme, the Cross-Sector Experience Awards will support individuals to experience different sectors. The award offers up to £100,000 of flexible funding to work in a new organisation for up to one year. This should be in a sector different to their current role or roles. We welcome applications from those across disciplines and sectors. Applicants’ current work should have a clear link to the improvement of human health.

In 2019, the Academy commissioned independent scoping work to assess what could be done to help people connect across sectors. Five key challenges were identified:

  • A lack of incentives
  • Difficulties in connecting with the right people/organisations
  • Little recognition of mobility in career progression appraisals
  • Cultural gaps between organisations
  • Lack of resource to support engagement and backfill mobile researchers, particularly from the NHS and small businesses.

To address these challenges, we first launched the Cross-Sector Programme in 2022. The programme is designed to bring together innovators and researchers from different fields to promote health innovation. It also offers support to overcome the challenges to collaborating across sectors.

In November 2023, we are launching a new funding scheme, the Cross-Sector Experience Awards. In addition to providing the incentives and resources required to work in another sector, this scheme will support individuals to:

  • Gain new skills and share skills between different sectors.
  • Generate novel ideas and collaborations that could lead to new innovations.

Recent Awardees

Awards for the first round of the scheme will be announced in Summer 2024.


This scheme is generously supported by the Department for Science, Innovation & Technology and Wellcome.  

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