Industrial Partnership PhDs

Industrial Partnership PhDs

The College set up this programme to assist academics to create rewarding and ongoing collaborations with innovative industries. The programme provides part funding for PhD studentships working alongside industry.

We invite proposals for IPPs from academic staff for studentships throughout the year. Studentships will be part funded by Industry, Institute or School and by the College Graduate School.

Benefits

For academics this programme will allow them to:

  • Supervise and act as mentors for students working on applied industry based projects
  • Participate in rewarding and ongoing collaborations with innovative industrial partners
  • Apply knowledge and expertise to issues faced by industry
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Realise and maximise impact from the research 
  • Increase industrial collaborations

For students the programme allows them to:

  • Undertake a PhD in an industrial setting as well as an academic background
  • Launch their career from an innovative platform
  • Access to industrial technologies

For businesses the programme will allow them to:

  • Develop innovative solutions to grow their business and increase their competitive advantage
  • Access academic expertise

Support

A stipend of £2,000 above the RCUK current level fees at the current RCUK level and consumables of £10,000 per annum is assumed. A total studentship would cost circa £105,000 for a 3.5 year PhD studentship.

For Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (with staffing not exceeding 250 and a turnover lower than €50m – circa £44m) the costs should be split equally between the College, Institute or School and the business. Hence the academic must secure an industrial commitment of at least 33.3% of the total cost.

For non SMEs the industrial partner must contribute at least 50% of the total costs.

In both cases the remaining costs will be split equally between the Institute or School and the Graduate School.


Application

To apply for this programme academics should complete the IPP Application Form Feb 2018 and ensure support is in place from the industrial partner and from their Director of Institute or Head of School. Completed application forms should be returned to Lesley Dinning at the MVLS Graduate School.

  • If a higher stipend is required please provide details (note the industrial contribution would rise accordingly).
  • If more or less than £10K consumables per annum are required then the industrial contribution would be adjusted accordingly.
  • A letter of support will be required from the potential industrial partner (including the sum to be provided) plus a letter of support from the Head of School or Director of Institute.

This must include a statement verifying the School or Institute's financial commitment. This will be a circa £25K for non-SME supported studentships and £33K for SME supported projects (over 3.5 years). This letter must also contain details of the University project code against which the School or Institute's financial commitment can be made. Applications that do not contain this information will be returned.


Informal enquiries can be addressed to Lesley Dinning, MVLS Graduate School Administrator.

Please be aware that it is the responsibility of the principal investigator to arrange for a Project Approval Form (PAF) to be completed from the industry funding.