|Call opening date:||9 August 2018|
|Call closing date:||16:00 hrs 4 October 2018|
2018 documents and guidance notes will be available in July 2018
The STFC Industrial CASE (Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology) studentship competition provides support for PhD students to work in collaboration with a non-academic partner on projects that fall within the STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics; or that aim to apply technologies or techniques developed within the programme into other areas. Projects involve joint supervision of the student by a member of staff at an academic Research Organisation or related institution and an employee of a non-academic organisation, such as a UK industrial firm, public sector organisation or charity (the non-academic partner).
Organisations eligible to receive an STFC studentship quota (that is, universities, Research Council institutes and those independent research organisations approved as eligible to hold grants) may act as the academic partner, but not as the non-academic partner. Non-University academic-related partners would need to host the studentship in conjunction with the University where the student would be registered.
Other UK-based organisations (including UK subsidiaries of foreign firms) may act as the non-academic partner.
Industrial CASE awards are for a minimum of 3.5 years. During the period of the award, the student is required to spend a period on the premises of the co-operating body. For a 3.5 year award, the cumulative period should be no less than 9 months but this could be spread over the period of the studentship and would not normally exceed 18 months. Industrial CASE students will receive an enhanced stipend detailed below.
Non-academic partners are required to take part in recruitment and monitoring of the student and to maintain active contact with the student and academic supervisor throughout the period of the studentship. Research Organisations are encouraged to include an industrial external examiner for the PhD.
Industrial CASE-Plus extends the Industrial CASE competition to help students become more effective in promoting technology transfer, should their chosen career path take them into either academic research or industry. For the first 3.5 years of the award, Industrial CASE-Plus operates in the same way as the Industrial CASE competition. The main difference is that the student spends a further year working full-time on the premises of the non-academic partner as an employee. During this additional year, the student is employed by the non-academic partner at a salary equivalent to that of a new STFC postdoctoral researcher.
STFC will contribute 50% of the salary costs incurred by the non-academic partner (up to a maximum STFC contribution of £14,250). Entry into the last year is dependent on the student demonstrating a level of achievement agreed in advance between the non-academic partner, the Research Organisation and the student. STFC will not commence funding for the additional year until the PhD thesis has been submitted.
Standard research studentship awards may be converted to Industrial CASE studentships at any time after the student is in post. Collaborative Training provides outstanding students with access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone. Students have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and significantly enhance their future employability. Industrial CASE students will receive an enhanced stipend detailed below.
Existing Industrial CASE studentships may be converted to Individual CASE-Plus at any time up to the end of the second year.
Non-academic partners (excluding small and medium enterprises – see below) are required to make a financial contribution to both the student and the project. It must include:
There is no longer a requirement for SMEs to make an annual contribution to the academic research organisation towards the cost of the project. An annual contribution to the student’s stipend is also no longer a requirement. These costs will be provided by STFC. SMEs would still be expected to fund the additional accommodation and travel costs associated with attending the non-academic partner and additional expenses incurred due to the use of equipment and facilities. SMEs can make additional financial contributions.
Definition of an SME is:
Payments to the student
Maintenance allowance 2018/19:
Industrial CASE and Industrial CASE-Plus awards addition:
Payments to the research organisation:
For Industrial CASE-Plus the non-academic partner will pay 50% of the student's salary in the additional year; STFC will contribute the remaining 50%, up to a maximum of £14,250.
Proposals should be submitted by a supervisor from a Research Organisation eligible to be the academic partner through the Je-S system.
Applicants are reminded that their project must be within the remit of STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics; or must seek to apply techniques and technologies developed within the programme into other areas. Applicants may not have the same application under consideration by more than one Research Council at any time.
If in doubt, applicants should consult Studentships well before the submission deadline to confirm which Research Council is best placed to consider their proposal.
For further information and guidance see the Guidance for Applicants (PDF, 165 KB) (see below).
Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published a Joint Vision for Collaborative Training to ensure that those doctoral students embarking on collaborative training programmes between academic and business partners are provided with a first-rate, challenging research training experience.
|Academic Partner||Non-Academic Partner||Project Title|
|Open University||e2v technologies (UK) Ltd||Developing the CMOS Image Sensors for the JANUS Camera on ESA's JUICE Mission To Jupiter|
|Imperial College London||Maxeler Technologies Ltd||FPGA-based trigger algorithms at the CMS experiment at the LHC implemented using higher-level programming languages|
|University of Oxford||FMB Oxford Limited||Development of beam position monitors for accelerator beam diagnostic, feedback and control systems|
|University of Surrey||Surrey Satellite Technology Limited||Towards a more representative environmental vibration testing|
|University of Oxford||Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd||Receiver technology for radio astronomy and deep space communications|
|The University of Manchester||The Christie NHS Foundation Trust||Validation of clinical radionuclide therapy dose distribution by a novel system of 3D printed anthropomorphic phantoms|
|University of Liverpool||Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Ministry of Defence)||Performance evaluation of a three-detector Compton Imaging system|
|University of Oxford||TMD Technologies Ltd||Development of a manufacturing prototype of advanced broad-band high-power radio-frequency amplifiers for electron-beam feedback and control systems|
|University of Glasgow||Micron Semiconductor Limited||Low Gain Pixellated Avalanche detectors for particle physics and synchrotron applications|
|Open University||e2v technologies (UK) Ltd||Development of Monolithic CMOS Image Sensors Using Charge Transfer and Electron Multiplication|
|Open University||e2v technologies (UK) Ltd||CMOS Image Sensors for Precision Astronomy|
|Open University||e2v technologies (UK) Ltd||Cryogenic irradiations: a realistic study of the impact of radiation on detectors in space|
|The University of Manchester||Waters Corporation||Novel multi-reflecting electrostatic traps for high resolution mass spectrometry|
|University of Liverpool||Defence Academy of the United Kingdom (Ministry of Defence)||Submarine Reactor Monitoring with Anti-Neutrinos|
|Open University||e2v technologies (UK) Ltd||Mitigation strategies against radiation-induced instrument background for space astronomy missions|
|Open University||e2v technologies (UK) Ltd||Correction of radiation-induced charge transfer inefficiency in CCDs for the SMILE mission|
|The University of Manchester||Datacentered||Enabling cost-effective data analysis on the cloud|
|University of Birmingham||National Physical Laboratory||Enhancement of the UK Primary Standard for Absorbed Dose for Proton Radiotherapy|
|University of Glasgow||Quantum Detectors Ltd||Next^2 TEM Detection - Investigation of Hybrid Pixel Detectors for future Transmission Electron Microscopy imaging|
|The University of Manchester||Rapiscan Systems Limited||Improved Identification of illicit materials using an X-ray Backscattering technique|
|University of Sussex||Micron Semiconductor Limited||CVD Single Crystal Diamond Detectors|
General enquiries - email studentships.