The UK Space Agency (UKSA) will support the academic sector to develop rocketry PhDs as part of the R2T2 Hub, collaborating with STFC as the delivery partner.
R2T2 has the purpose of delivering PhDs with both academic and skills-based elements, providing students with the opportunity to participate in the practical aspects of rocketry and spend time in industry.
This opportunity aims to reduce the skills shortage in the space launch sector, ensuring the necessary skills are available in the UK to deliver a commercially sustainable launch market.
A key aspect to be included in the proposals is industry engagement and support, aiming to demonstrate how students will develop practical skills and experience of directly working with industry partners.
The universities partnering under the R2T2 Hub should collaborate and share lessons learned.
The funding provided by UKSA will fund 10 rocketry PhDs per cohort (at the existing rate of £75,000 per student), to cover the full life-cost of the PhD including:
- tuition fees
- annual stipend
- bench fees.
The cost of consumables at £90,000 per student will also be covered to provide the students with the necessary funds to build their PhD projects. The consumables cost might be subject to project documentation justifying the requested funds, to be submitted to STFC, as UKSA’s programme delivery partner.
You are expected to provide a detailed funding profile for the consumables and PhD expenditure and how the consumables will be reimbursed if not entirely used.
The academic institutions are expected to commence the R2T2 PhD programme in September 2023, and advertise the programme in a timely manner, in accordance with the starting date. You are also expected to provide a timeline of the proposed PhD programme.