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The transition from early career researcher (ECR) towards becoming a principal investigator, is an important journey for researchers from all fields. The OATech+ Network identifies with the need to support the development of future leaders in OA research, and to promote the cultivation of cross disciplinary skills sets. To facilitate this process, the Network has appointed a dedicated theme leader to oversee ECR development. This web page has been established to direct ECRs to opportunities available across the Network Partners, and to other opportunities in the field of OA research. These include: Mentoring, internships, fellowships, training courses, funded PhDs and awards.


Current opportunities including funded work placements: 

About OATech+ Network work placements The OATech+ network is offering work placements, which allow discipline hopping opportunities for ECRs students involved in studies associated with OA. ECRs can work in any of the participating Universities and Industrial OATech+ partners. If you are interested in having a work placement, you should first ask for the terms to be agreed in writing beforehand with the sending and host OATech+ partner. This grant contributes towards accommodation/fees up to £3,000 for a period of between 1 week to 3 months, and can be applied for at any time in the year. Applications are made to OATech+ by emailing These need to include:

  • A letter showing the agreed terms with the OATech+ partner, which should include length of placement and any additional costs.
  • A completed form stating the reasons why you would like this opportunity.

See link below for the application form Please use the expertise database to explore individuals and subject areas. All Network Partners are invited to offer their expertise e.g. as mentors, and, to convey relevant opportunities. There is also a newly established working group which has been set up to help guide OATech+ Network opportunities for ECRs and researchers at other career stages. The group has representatives at all career levels, and more information relating to meetings and other events will follow.  


Theme leader

Prof Jim Richards 

Network Opportunities

The Network has begun the process of developing an expertise database. This database also indicates Network Partners who can offer mentoring and work placements.

Access the expertise and mentoring database


ECR / Student Network List

Alongside the OATech+ Network Partner membership list, we are building up a member list of ECRs and PhD students working in this field. By adding yourself to this list you will be the first to know about relevant opportunities. To make the most of this great opportunity please email Cathy Holt with your details (      


  • December 2018. A funded placement award was made to Jake Bowd. Jake will undertake a month-long work placement at KU Leuven in the Summer of 2019.
  • March 2019. An award was made to Eva Herbst. Eva will undertake a placement with Prof Andrew Pitsillides at RVC starting in October 2019.
  • May 2019. Alex Sehgal was awarded a funded placement with Prof Cathy Holt, Cardiff University, which was undertaken in May-June 2019.  
  • August 2020. Humaira Mahmood was awarded a funded placement with Prof Prof Andrew Pitsillides, RVC and Prof Philip Rowe, University of Strathclyde. This was undertaken between August – October 2020.

Feedback from ECRs who have received funding for development opportunities

Dr David Lunn, a research fellow from the University of Leeds, gives his feedback on his opportunity to attend a modelathon.      

Other Opportunities

  • Future Leaders Fellowships (UK Research and Innovation Scheme)

See link below for further information. Go to the downloads section to read an overview of the scheme.  

  • EPSRC New Investigator Award

Open to those who have recently acquired their first academic position. Follow the link below to access further information on this scheme