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Industrial CASE Studentships

Call status: Closed
Next application deadline: 2015 TBC

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.

This call is one of two main ways in which we fund collaborative training. See our CASE Studentships page for more information.

Important: applicants should ensure proposals are submitted to their institution's submitter/approval pool a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the published deadline. This enables institution checks to be carried out before final submissions.

Number of awards and remuneration

Funding for 125 4-year studentships is available. 

The studentship stipend rates for studentships commencing 2014/15 can be found on RCUK's website (see external links).

Changes

As part of our ongoing commitment to high quality research training, BBSRC recently evaluated its industrial CASE programmes; the full evaluation may be accessed via related links. 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).

Eligibility

Applications must include both an academic and non-academic (typically industry) supervisor from eligible organisations. Eligible non-academic partners typically come from the bioscience industry sector, however they may include charities and levy bodies. Any organisation that is eligible for funding from any research council is not eligible to be a non-academic partner.

Please see Information Pack for further details. Before preparing and submitting a proposal it is imperative that you ensure that both partners are eligible.

Collaborative training

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

Financial contributions to be made by the company

Placement expenses (for e.g. travel and accommodation) incurred by the student must be met by the non-academic partner.

In line with recommendations from our recent CASE Evaluation, it is no longer mandatory for small companies (of 50 employees or less) to make a financial contribution to the academic institution or to enhance the student stipend. For companies with more than 50 employees, some financial contributions are still required.

For further information see the Information Pack (see below) and Frequently Asked Questions (see below).

How to apply

This call is closed to applications. Proposals should be made through the Joint electronic Submission (Je-S) system. Please note that the proposal must be submitted by the academic partner on behalf of the collaborative partnership.

Applicants should refer to the detailed Je-S help text for each section of the proposal form, available in the Information Pack. The Information Pack also details document attachments required to support your application.

Important: applicants should ensure proposals are submitted to their institution's submitter/approval pool a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the published deadline. This enables institution checks to be carried out before final submissions.

Applicants are reminded that their project must be within the remit of the council to which they are applying. Applicants may not have the same application under consideration by more than one research council at any time.

If in doubt, applicants should consult the relevant council's Programme Manager well before the submission deadline to confirm which research council is best placed to consider their proposal.

BBSRC, MRC, STFC, NERC and AHRC have aligned their annual call dates to allow applicants time to re-submit their proposal to the current round and to the specified research council should their proposal be considered to be out of remit. Queries regarding remit should be sent to remit@bbsrc.ac.uk.

Application downloads

Information Pack (PDF 225KB)

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Performance Indicators form (DOCX 57KB)

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Company Details form (DOCX 97KB)

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Case for Support form (DOCX 115KB)

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Frequently asked questions (PDF 265KB)

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Queries

For queries about industrial company eligibility please contact postgrad.studentships@bbsrc.ac.uk.

Applicants should include our response to their query within a covering letter when submitting a proposal to prevent further lengthy iteration following submission.

For financial queries regarding existing CASE awards, please contact RCUK SSC Grants Administration grantspostaward@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk.

For queries using Je-S, the helpdesk can be contacted Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm UK time (excluding bank holidays and other holidays):

E-mail: JeSHelp@rcuk.ac.uk
Tel: +44 (0)1793 444164 [out of hours please leave a voicemail message]

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