Changes to iCASE studentships
BBSRC will no longer operate an annual competition for industrial CASE (iCASE) studentships, instead allocating the majority of these studentships to the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) for awarding alongside their standard studentships.
A small proportion of the iCASE studentships will not be allocated at this time, but will be used flexibly by BBSRC to ensure a balanced portfolio and to target strategic interventions.
The decision to cease the annual iCASE competition for individual studentship projects was taken for a number of strategic and operational reasons, primarily in recognition that the cohort-based approach, as exemplified by the DTPs, provides the gold standard in modern bioscience training, and one which BBSRC was keen to ensure all our funded students had the opportunity to take advantage of.
In addition, it was agreed that devolving responsibility for the recruitment and selection of students and collaborators to the DTP partner organisations (of which there are in excess of 45 within 12 partnerships across the UK higher education and public sector research sectors) would improve links between them and local companies, and increase the ability of institutions to act quickly and agilely in allocating projects to these companies, without the delays associated with a large national competition.
BBSRC is working closely with its DTP partners to ensure a smooth transition to these new arrangements which will take effect for recruitment to the October 2016 cohort.
Studentships awarded through the 2014 iCASE competition, and due to commence in October 2015 are unaffected by these changes.
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