IBIOIC CTP OVERVIEW

Since its inception, IBioIC has developed, funded and administrated an innovative, collaborative PhD programme funded by the Scottish Funding Council (SFC).  As a result of a further award from BBSRC in January 2017, IBioIC has expanded its PhD programme to form a Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) which funds four year studentships leading to the degree of PhD.  The end goal of the IBioIC CTP is to provide students with all the skills required to significantly contribute to the growth of the biotechnology industry in line with the UK Industrial Strategy. In addition, the IBioIC CTP aims to foster life-long networks within the biotechnology industry through regular cross cohort training and interactions.  


For nascent industries such as the industrial biotechnology sector, start-ups, micro and small to medium-sized businesses are often the drivers behind the novel technologies, processes and business models required to develop the market. To address this imbalance, a key component of the IBioIC CTP is a strategic focus on supporting PhD projects led by SMEs alongside the delivery of larger company projects.


The focus of the IBioIC CTP is within the BBSRC priority areas of Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (IBBE) and World Class Underpinning Bioscience (WCUB).


Theme 1: Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy

This theme is focused around the use of biological resources for producing and processing materials, chemicals (including pharmaceutical precursors and biopharmaceuticals) and energy. Increasing the use of biorenewables in products, processes and industrial feedstocks is a complex economic, environmental, technical, social and policy challenge.


Theme 2: World Class Underpinning Bioscience

This theme is focused around the development and maintenance of skills in core underpinning disciplines such as molecular, chemical, cellular and structural biology. It aims to improve understanding of basic biological mechanisms, from the study of biological molecules, to cellular and physiological processes, including genetic and genomic studies, integration with modelling and mathematical approaches, and interfacing with novel chemical and physical methods for the study of biological systems