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Modular Training Partnerships

Call status: Open
Application deadline: 15 October 2015, 4pm

Important: applicants should ensure applications are completed as far in advance of the published deadline as possible to enable institution checks to be carried out before final submissions.

Summary

Modular Training Partnerships (MTPs) fund the development of industrially-relevant short training courses at Masters level. Training should be developed in close collaboration with industry, and evidence of industrial demand is a key requirement for funding.

MTPs provide pump-prime funding for:

  • the development of individual training modules
  • preparation and marketing of course materials, and course launch

We also consider clusters of complementary modules if there is sufficient evidence of industrial demand.

Training should be delivered using the most appropriate method for the target industry (e.g. distance learning, web-based learning packages or residential 2-3 day seminar and workshop sessions).

Priority is given to applications in subject areas of significant need identified by industry, and applications that are within strategic priority areas (see related links). Applications are assessed by Committee E (see related links), which includes members from the industrial community. There are three application deadlines per year and proposals are considered at the next available Committee E meeting.

Examples of courses

BBSRC has funded the development of over 100 modules since 1998, many of which are still operating. Modules have been in a wide range of subjects covering BBSRC's remit. Previous examples are shown below (see also 'Previous awards' PDF in downloads).

  • An introduction to mathematical modelling for life sciences
  • Masters-level training programme in vaccinology
  • Distance learning MSc in meat science
  • Modular histotechnology course
  • Rothamsted diploma in crop protection
  • Distance learning MSc in meat science and technology
  • Experimental design for in vivo research
  • Vaccine bioprocess development and commercialisation
  • MRes in sustainable bioenergy
  • Existing and emerging biotechnologies
  • Bioscience technologies in practice
  • Online postgraduate diploma in stem cell biology
  • Advanced sugar beet technology
  • Online courses in post genomic informatics

How to apply

Applications must be made through the Je-S system (see external links).

  • Please note that the application must be submitted by the lead applicant based in academia.
  • Applicants should refer to the detailed Je-S help text for each section of the application form, and the detailed case for support guidance notes available in the information pack.
  • Important: applicants should ensure applications 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.

Application downloads

Information pack (PDF 482KB)

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Frequently asked questions (PDF 100KB)

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Terms and conditions (PDF 53KB)

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Case for support form (DOC 232KB)

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Evidence of industrial support form (DOC 136KB)

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Queries

Please ensure that proposed projects are within our remit to avoid the proposal being rejected. Queries regarding remit should be sent to remit@bbsrc.ac.uk.

For queries using Je-S, the helpdesk can be contacted Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm GMT (excluding bank holidays and other holidays) by email: JeSHelp@rcuk.ac.uk or tel: +44 1793 444164 (out of hours please leave a voicemail message).

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  • Your name, organisation and user ID
  • Date and time
  • Which part of the form or system you were working on
  • The nature of the problem