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Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP)

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CTPs co-invest in training the next generation of skilled people for the research base and wider bioeconomy. Our vision is to provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration, between academic and partner organisations.

The 2016 Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) competition awarded a block allocation of 4-year studentships covering the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. Allocations are made to non-academic partners having established track records in collaborative doctoral training and businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice in research relevant to our remit and strategic priority areas.

BBSRC has offered an additional year of studentships to each CTP award holder, to start in 2020. A full CTP recommissioning process will be undertaken in 2020.

For further information about the CTP programme, please see the ‘Frequently asked questions’ and ‘CTP process for setting up studentships' documents in the downloads section.

CTPs are one of the main ways in which we fund collaborative training and enable businesses to better integrate studentships into their planning cycles. See our CASE studentships page for more information (see related links).

Note: Students are advised not to contact BBSRC or individuals directly, rather to search for studentship opportunities through research organisations.


BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (2017-2020)
Organisation Contact Associate partners Total allocation (2017-20) Additional allocation (2020) University of Glasgow, University of Exeter 27 11 University of Reading, The University of Nottingham, Mack Multiples, Worldwide Fruit Limited, East Malling Research, Marks and Spencer, University of Cambridge, UNIVEG UK Ltd, AHDB (Agri & Horticulture Dev Board), National Association of Cider Makers 12 5   15 6 King’s College London, University of Exeter 12 5   30 12 University of Glasgow, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Manchester, University of St Andrews, University of York 27 11 The University of Manchester, The University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge 12 6 Quadram Institute and NRP Bioscience DTP, KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) 12 0 University of Liverpool, University College London 27 12 Lancaster University, The University of Warwick, University of Reading, Rothamsted Research 15 7


Collaborative Training Partnerships