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£19M awarded to deliver industry-led PhD training through collaborative partnerships

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Today we announce £18.9M of funding to support world-class industry-led collaborative doctoral training through Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP). The investment will train and develop 189 PhD students to produce skilled people for the research base and build capability in the UK workforce. CTP succeeds BBSRC Industrial CASE Partnerships (ICP) as BBSRC’s mechanism for the block award of CASE studentships to non-academic research organisations.

Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy the RT Honourable Greg Clark said: “Furthering collaboration between government, academia and industry is a key part of the industrial strategy we’re developing. Collaborative Training Partnerships will boost the UK’s world-leading reputation for research and science while increasing the talent and expertise of our workforce in the UK and providing new opportunities for the science leaders of tomorrow.”

Dr Karen Lewis, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills said: “Bioscience impacts on our lives in many ways. BBSRC strives to harness the power of bioscience to deliver a healthy, prosperous and sustainable future for the UK and beyond. To achieve this we need to maintain our leading position in global bioscience by ensuring that the next generation of scientists have the best training and skills and Collaborative Training Partnerships will play a key role in achieving this.”

Dr David McAllister, Head of Skills and Careers said: “A highly skilled and trained workforce is essential for the success of the bioscience sector and a driving force for the bioeconomy. BBSRC’s investments in Collaborative Training Partnerships will help ensure that the research base is equipped with the range of skills and talent required for modern bioscience, and provide highly skilled people for the public, private, third and research sectors.”

In total, 10 CTPs will be supported:

Awarded Collaborative Training Partnerships

Lead organisation Associate partners
AstraZeneca University of Glasgow
University of Exeter
Berry Gardens Growers University of Reading
The University of Nottingham
Mack Multiples
Worldwide Fruit Limited
East Malling Research
Marks and Spencer
University of Cambridge
AHDB (Agri & Horticulture Dev Board)
National Association of Cider Makers
Croda International None
Eli Lilly and Company King’s College London
University of Exeter
GlaxoSmithKline None
The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC) University of Glasgow
The University of Edinburgh
The University of Manchester
University of St Andrews
University of York
MedImmune (AstraZeneca) The University of Manchester
The University of Sheffield
University of Leeds
University of Cambridge
Mondelez UK Institute of Food Research
Knowledge Transfer Network Limited
Unilever UK University of Liverpool
Waitrose Lancaster University
The University of Warwick
University of Reading
Rothamsted Research



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