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Industrial CASE Partnerships

Call status: Closed
Next application deadline: TBC


The Industrial CASE Partnership (ICP) competition awards to strategic industrial partners a block allocation of four-year studentships covering several years' intake. The 2013 competition was for a two-year allocation made to strategic industrial partners having established track records in collaborative doctoral training with BBSRC.

This programme is one of the main ways in which we fund collaborative training and enables companies to better integrate industrial CASE studentships into their planning cycles. See our CASE Studentships page for more information.

For more information about the competition, please see below.

ICP partners (studentships starting 2014/15 and 2015/16)

Knowledge Transfer Network

The 2013 competition (closed to applications)

  • The competition is run for a two-year allocation for studentships – covering the periods of 2014-15 (see downloads) and 2015-16
  • Only companies or other non-academic partners who have been invited by the BBSRC may enter the competition


Our vision is to provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration, between academic and partner organisations.

Funds are available for 75 studentships per annum. Applicants are requested to state the maximum number of awards they could accommodate, noting that there are no guarantees on the number that will ultimately be allocated. 

See previous funding allocations in related links.

ICP key features

  • Funds block awards to companies/non-academic partners who have demonstrated a strong track record with BBSRC annual industrial CASE competition or previous ICP competitions
  • Enables companies/non-academic partners to incorporate set number of studentships into their strategic planning
  • Enables companies/non-academic partners to better plan their recruitment process
  • Fosters strong links between industry and academia and BBSRC 

Recent evaluation and changes

As part of our ongoing commitment to high quality research training, we recently evaluated our industrial CASE programmes; the full evaluation will be published in due course. Recommendations for immediate changes that affect this call can be found in the Evaluation Key Conclusions (see downloads) and accompanying CASE Evaluation press release (see related links).


Companies/non-academic partners who have a history of providing high-calibre student training have been selected to apply; as of April 2013 eligible companies have been notified. BBSRC are unable to accept any other applications to the competition. Please see Information Pack for further details.

Collaborative training

Studentships are principally based at the academic partner, with a mandatory placement at the company/non-academic partner for a minimum of 3 months and up to 18 months.

Financial contributions

The company/non-academic partner is required to contribute to both the student stipend, and laboratory expenses. In addition, all placement expenses (for e.g. travel and accommodation) incurred by the student must be met by the company/non-academic partner.

For further information see the Information Pack (see below).

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Applications should be made using the Case for Support form available below in application downloads below. In addition applicants should provide a cover letter on company headed documentation and provide confirmation of Director-level or equivalent sign off.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document in the following order:

  • Case for Support form
  • Covering letter

Please note that the standard Case for Support form must be used; failure to do so will result in the application being rejected.

Applications should be submitted by email to, in the order specified above. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Application downloads

Information pack (PDF 634KB)

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Case for support form (DOC 413KB)

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For queries relating to the scheme contact Simon Cutler (details below).

For other queries relating to the application process contact the Innovation & Skills Group (details below).