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Modular Training Partnerships (MTP) call

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Call status: Closed
Previous call: 3 June 2016 – 4 October 2016

Important: applicants should ensure applications are completed as far in advance of the published deadline as possible to enable institution checks to be carried out before final submissions.


Modular Training Partnerships (MTPs) fund the development of industrially-relevant short training courses at Masters level. Training should be developed in close collaboration with industry, and evidence of industrial demand is a key requirement for funding.

MTPs provide pump-prime funding for:

  • the development of individual training modules
  • preparation and marketing of course materials, and course launch

We also consider clusters of complementary modules if there is sufficient evidence of industrial demand.

Training should be delivered using the most appropriate method for the target industry (e.g. distance learning, web-based learning packages or residential 2-3 day seminar and workshop sessions).

Priority is given to applications in subject areas of significant need identified by industry, and applications that are within strategic priority areas (see related links).  There will be three MTP application deadlines per year and applications will be assessed by a panel comprising BBSRC staff after which decisions and feedback will be provided.

Examples of courses

BBSRC has funded the development of over 100 modules since 1998, many of which are still operating. Modules have been in a wide range of subjects covering BBSRC's remit. Previous examples are shown below (see also 'Previous awards' PDF in downloads).

  • An introduction to mathematical modelling for life sciences
  • Masters-level training programme in vaccinology
  • Distance learning MSc in meat science
  • Modular histotechnology course
  • Rothamsted diploma in crop protection
  • Distance learning MSc in meat science and technology
  • Experimental design for in vivo research
  • Vaccine bioprocess development and commercialisation
  • MRes in sustainable bioenergy
  • Existing and emerging biotechnologies
  • Bioscience technologies in practice
  • Online postgraduate diploma in stem cell biology
  • Advanced sugar beet technology
  • Online courses in post genomic informatics

How to apply

This call is closed to applications.

Applications must be made through the Je-S system.

  • Please note that the application must be submitted by the lead applicant based in academia.
  • Applicants should refer to the detailed Je-S help text for each section of the application form, and the detailed case for support guidance notes available in the information pack.
  • Important: applicants should ensure applications are submitted to their institution's submitter/approval pool a minimum of 5 working days in advance of the published deadline. This enables institution checks to be carried out before final submissions.

Related calls: collaboration industry partnerships skills and training