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Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

Investments in doctoral training are a key component of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council’s (UKRI-BBSRC) overarching goals to develop research talent and skills.  UKRI-BBSRC’s vision is for an innovative, inclusive and outcomes-focused programme of doctoral training to build and maintain the capacity of bioscience disciplines and deliver skills for impact across the UK economy.

UKRI-BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) provide PhD training in areas of research relevant to UKRI-BBSRC’s remit and priority research areas. DTPs also provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance the capabilities of doctoral candidates and develop a world-class, highly skilled workforce for the UK.

DTP courses offer four-year PhD studentships, during which each student also undertakes a 3-month Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) placement. There have been three DTP calls, DTP1 (October 2012-2014), DTP2 (October 2015-2019) and DTP3 (October 2020-2024) with the latest call supporting 340 students per year.  The allocations held by the successful DTP3 grant holders are detailed below.

The Disabled Students Allowance is available to DTP students and this should be applied for via the Research Organisation offering the DTP studentship.

Note: Please refer to the UK Research and Innovation Training Grant Terms and Conditions and Guidance for relevant information.

National Productivity Investment Fund Studentships

In 2017 and 2018, UKRI-BBSRC was allotted additional studentships from the government’s National Productivity Investment Fund (NPIF) to provide high-quality doctoral training in STEM and interdisciplinary areas aligned to the Industrial Strategy. Projects in the 2017 tranche were required to be partnerships between academic and industrial organisations and came with flexibility to address an area of the Industrial Strategy. The total number awarded was 105 studentships. The 2018 allocation came with a specific focus on the Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge theme of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data-Driven Economy. This allocation totalled 31 studentships, with a minimum of 10 studentships ring-fenced for AI.

UKRI-BBSRC’s Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP) and Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) were invited to apply for an allocation of NPIF studentships via a competitive process.  The allocations held by the successful NPIF grant holders are detailed below

BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships Allocations (2020-24)

DTP name Contact Partner research organisation(s) Associate partner(s) Nominal total of studentship awards per year Total of collaborative (CASE) studentship awards per year
EASTBIO Dr Maria Filippakopoulou The University of Edinburgh (Lead), University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee, University of St Andrews, University of Stirling, Scotland's Rural College, IBioIC, James Hutton Institute, Moredun Research Institute Scottish Life Sciences Alliance (SULSA), Cool Farms Alliance (CFA 25 7
FoodBioSystems DTP General Enquiries University of Reading (Lead), Aberystwyth University, Brunel University London, Cranfield University, Queens University Belfast, University of Surrey EIT Food CLCNW, British Nutrition Foundation, STFC Food Network+,Diamond Light Source 15 6
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme (LIDo) Nadine Mogford University College London (Lead), Birkbeck University, Kings College London, LSHTM, QMUL, Royal Holloway of London, Royal Veterinary College, University of Greenwich Animal and Plant Health Agency, Food Standards Agency, Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew), Unilever 27 11
Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership General enquiries The University of Warwick (Lead), University of Birmingham, University of Leicester, Aston University, Harper Adams University None 25 9
Newcastle Liverpool Durham Dr Carolyn O'Leary University of Liverpool (Lead), Newcastle University, Durham University Newcastle Liverpool Durham (NLD) Dr Carolyn O’Leary University of Liverpool (Lead), Newcastle University, Durham University AHDB, AIMES, Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Livestock, Centre for Process Innovation, FERA Science Ltd, KWS UK Ltd, Proctor and Gamble, Tesco 10 4
Norwich Research Park Dr Kate Conway John Innes Centre (Lead), University of East Anglia, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Earlham Institute, The Sainsbury Laboratory Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals, Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, Food Standards Agency, Public Health England, IBM Research UK, Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa - ILRI Hub, The Forum Trust, The SAW Trust, Agri-Tech East, Anglia Innovation Partnership, New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership 18 6
Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP General Enquiries University of Oxford (Lead), Oxford Brookes University, The Pirbright Institute, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, Research Complex Harwell, STFC Central Laser Facility, The Rosalind Franklin Institute Novo Nordisk Research Oxford 19 5
South Coast Biosciences DTP Sandra Dancer University of Southampton (Lead), University of Kent, University of Sussex, University of Portsmouth, NIAB-EMR None 14 5
South West Biosciences (SWBio) DTP Dr Samantha Southern University of Bristol (Lead), University of Bath, Cardiff University, University of Exeter, Rothamsted Research NUniversity of West of England, Swansea University, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, Marine Biological Association, SETsquared Bristol, UCB Pharma 18 6
The University of Manchester DTP General Enquiries   Manchester Science Partnership, Bionow, University of Toronto, University of Melbourne 18 6
University of Nottingham DTP Rachel Van Krimpen University of Nottingham (Lead), Nottingham Trent University, National Biofilm Innovation Centre Rothamsted, Research Complex Harwell, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, NIAB-EMR, Centre for Process Innovation, BioCity, Albumedix 19 9
White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP Catherine Liddle University of Leeds (Lead), University of York, University of Sheffield Research Complex Harwell, Rosalind Franklin Institute, FUJIFILM Diosynth Biotechnologies 12 7

BBSRC DTP National Productivity Investment Fund Studentships Allocations

DTP Grant holders Contact Number of studentships


Number of studentships


East of Scotland Bioscience DTP Professor C Blackburn 3 5
Imperial College London DTP Dr K Gounaris 9 0
London Interdisciplinary Doctoral programme Professor G Thomas 6 6
Midlands Integrative Biosciences Training Partnership Dr V Ntoukakis 5 0
Newcastle University DTP Professor K Lindsey 4 0
Norwich Research Park Professor D Evans 5 4
Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP DTP Enquiries 9 4
South West Biosciences DTP Dr Samantha Southern 3 2
University of Cambridge DTP Jen Goodwin 0 4
The University of Manchester DTP Jessica Bowler 9 0
University of Nottingham DTP Professor Z Wilson 8 2
White Rose Mechanistic Biology DTP Professor A Berry 10 2


Doctoral Training Partnerships