Industrial CASE – EPSRC

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Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) CASE conversion

We encourage industrial collaboration through DTP CASE awards in science and engineering. As with ICASE, these awards are a type of doctoral studentship which incorporate collaboration and industry-relevant training to broaden experience.

As part of delivering economic impact and increasing company involvement in our provision of doctoral training, we are committed to increasing impact by increasing the proportion of collaborative studentships within our DTP.

To support this, institutions in receipt of DTP have a target of converting 10% of the funds into CASE awards (DTP CASE-conversion).

Projects may be initiated by the university or by the industry partner, but should be developed in collaboration, and with the doctoral student in mind.

Eligibility criteria for industrial partners collaborating on a DTP CASE-conversion are much the same as ICASE, but greater flexibility is permitted. Organisations should have clear links to the UK, ideally having a UK-based research capability or commercial production capability, but links may take other forms such as having a large supply-chain infrastructure in the UK. Organisations must have the capacity to host the student for placements, and this may be overseas. The DTP-holding university will make the decision on whether or not to collaborate.

In order to be counted as a full DTP CASE-conversion:

  • the student must be in receipt of a full award, so 100% DTP funded over the period of the studentship
  • the industrial partner provides extra funding to the project (a minimum of a third of the EPSRC funding) on top of the full DTP award
  • the student is jointly supervised and spends at least three months at the industrial partner who covers all expenses incurred by the student as a result of periods spent with the industrial partner.

Students supported this way are still funded through the DTP and as such should be reported as a Standard Research Student (DTP), in addition institutions are responsible for maintaining off line records to provide to EPSRC upon request.

Where it is not possible to support a full CASE conversion, EPSRC continues to encourage collaboration between universities and companies and within the flexibility of the DTP mechanism. An industrial partner can provide support to make up the studentship minimum award (subject to meeting the 50% council funding rule, see TGC 4 Use of Training Grant in the UKRI training grant terms and conditions).

Businesses interested in these opportunities should contact EPSRC DTP-holding universities. A list of current EPSRC DTP-holding universities can be found on Grants on the Web. You may find the Konfer platform useful in identifying collaboration partners.

We encourage parties collaborating on a DTP CASE conversion project to read the tips and considerations documents. Many of the suggestions are relevant to both ICASE and DTP CASE.

Last updated: 15 November 2022

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