Strategic training grants: terms and conditions

All EPSRC training grants are subject to terms and conditions. There are two types of terms and conditions, UKRI’s training grant terms and conditions, and the EPSRC grant conditions. Both types of conditions apply to the grant.

On offer letters, the EPSRC grant conditions are under the heading Grant Conditions and the UKRI’s training grant terms and conditions are under the heading Scheme Conditions.

UKRI training grant conditions

The current UKRI training grant terms and conditions get updated periodically. EPSRC would expect research organisations to uphold the current UKRI training grant terms and conditions where it doesn’t contradict the grant specific conditions.

EPSRC grant conditions for Prosperity Partnerships Round 2

TGAC 01 Collaboration agreements

Where the Prosperity Partnership Strategic Studentship Training grant funds are associated with more than one university or other project partners, the basis of collaboration between the organisations, including the allocation of resources throughout the project and ownership of intellectual property and rights to exploitation, is expected to be set out in a formal collaboration agreement. It is the responsibility of the university to put such an agreement in place before the research begins.

The terms of collaboration agreements must not conflict with the research councils’ terms and conditions. Arrangements for collaboration or exploitation must not prevent the future progression of research and the dissemination of research results in accordance with academic custom and practice. A temporary delay in publication is acceptable in order to allow commercial and collaborative arrangements to be established.

TGAC 02: International Doctoral Scholars

Research Organisations may choose to provide open eligibility for up to 10% of the students starting in a year. This will help strengthen the research base by enabling recruitment of the very best students, whether international or otherwise. As part of this, Institutions will be able to allocate a proportion of their Prosperity Partnership Strategic Studentship Training grant to the very best students of all nationalities, without the normal eligibility restrictions applying. This flexibility is for up to 10% of the students starting at the research organisation in an academic year. Details of the students funded through this flexibility must be reported through the Joint Electronic Submission (Je-S) Student Details as ‘International Doctoral Scholars (IDS grant)’ and ensure the student record is linked to the relevant EPSRC training grant.

TGAC 03 Monitoring and additional reporting requirements

EPSRC will use information collected via the Je-S Student Data Capture System to monitor financial, project and other aspects of the doctoral training funded through the Prosperity Partnership Strategic Studentship Training grant. EPSRC will continue to monitor the quality of student data in terms of content and numbers submitted, and also any records which do not have enough information to assign to a subject area or do not appear to be within the remit of the research council (meaning must be more than 50% EPSRC.)

In addition to TGC13 (Monitoring and Information Requirements) in providing information on research council funded students via the Je-S Student Details Portal (SDP), universities will also be required to provide information upon request regarding the doctoral training funded through this training grant. Certain information, such as information on the post-award employment of students, may be collected on EPSRC’s behalf by other organisations (such as HESA).

Last updated: 7 December 2023

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