IBIOIC COLLABORATIVE TRAINING PARTNERSHIP (CTP) PHD PROGRAMME – CALL FOR PROJECTS #7

Call for PhD Projects to enter IBioIC Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) PhD Programme – Call for Projects #7 competition for projects commencing October 2020.

A key activity of IBioIC is the support of industrially relevant PhD Projects that bring biotechnology closer to industrialization. IBioIC currently manage a PhD portfolio which includes IBioIC and BBSRC funded projects, all delivered as part of our Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP).

All IBioIC project applications are assessed by way of competition. This paper is a call for PhD Projects to enter this competition for projects commencing October 2020. It sets out the rules, processes and guidelines on how this competition will be operated.  IBioIC reserves the right to alter these processes in order to comply with the imposed timetable.  Any changes of process will be notified to all entrants.

Criteria for PhD Projects
For any PhD Project to be considered for either funding stream it must meet the minimum criteria set out in the project competition paper.

Those proposed projects that have significant industrial investment may be used to differentiate between projects of sufficiently high quality.

Value and Funding
The annual cost of a studentship for academic year 2019-20 is detailed below and will be confirmed or adjusted to reflect RCUK fees/ stipend level once known.

Fees:      £4,327
Stipend:     £15, 009
Research Training Support Grant (RTSG):  £5,000

BBSRC Funding
The studentship costs will be covered in full by the BBSRC in line with published UKRI funding levels. The studentship monies will be transferred directly to the lead academic partner organisation by BBSRC. The membership benefit fee for BBSRC studentships will be 2.25% per year on the £102,300 value of the award, discounted based on size of company. Academic and/or Industrial Partners are responsible for all other remaining costs to the project.

IBioIC Funding
A maximum of 50% cash funding is available towards the cost of the studentship from IBioIC. The membership benefit fee for IBioIC studentships will be 2.25% per year on the value of the award (£102,300 less the industry cash contribution towards these fees, stipend and consumables), discounted based on size of company. The studentship monies will be paid annually to the lead Academic Partner by IBioIC. It is expected that £1500 per annum of the consumables, travel and training budget will be ring-fenced by the Academic Partner to support IBioIC cohort training activities. Academic Partners, Industrial Partners and/or additional sponsors are responsible for contributing the remaining 50% of the studentship and any other remaining costs to the project.

Number of PhD Projects to be Awarded
The number of PhD Projects to be awarded in this seventh IBioIC PhD competition are as follows:
BBSRC funded CTP studentships: 11
IBioIC funded CTP studentships: to be confirmed, but likely to be 3 or 4
Awarded PhD Studentships must be 4 years in duration.

Cohort Training Programme
All PhDs awarded as part of this competition will be considered to be a Member of the IBioIC CTP. As a Member of the IBioIC CTP the training commitments set out in the project competition paperwork must be met.

How to Enter
In order to enter this competition, the IBioIC CTP PhD Project #7 Application Form must be completed together with the ‘PhD funding template’ spreadsheet.
If applying for both funding sources, both templates will be required to be submitted.

The Project Lead should complete the Entry Form and submit their entry to the IBioIC Skills Team (skills@ibioic.com) before midday 30th September 2019.

The intention is to keep entry requirements to a minimum whilst still supplying enough information to allow reviewers to make an informed decision on the relative merit of each project.