Funding Opportunities

SRPe supports delivery of high quality industry focused doctorates to address key areas of high value skills need, research challenge and socio-economic opportunity across Scotland.

We also provide support for development of enhanced postgraduate and early career researcher skills and support towards development of European and wider international research collaboration and funding opportunities.


PhD Funding Opportunities

NMIS Industry Doctorate Programme - Call for Applications

SRPe invites applications to the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland Industry Doctorate Programme (NMIS-IDP) for projects that support the Scottish Government’s aim to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise. It aims to make Scotland and the UK a global leader in advanced manufacturing. Industry, academia and public-sector support bodies will work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation in the sector.

Successful NMIS-IDP projects must be driven by industry demand and will address key areas of manufacturing challenge and skills development from across a wide spectrum of organisations and sectors. A defining characteristic of the NMIS-IDP is that the projects will address industry-driven challenges, with companies as co-investors and engaged directly with the research.

The NMIS Industry Doctorate Programme is delivered by SRPe as part of the Manufacturing Skills Academy of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. The industry doctorates will be of up to four years’ duration.

Each project must be hosted by a SRPe university (lead supervisor) and sponsored by an industrial company (industry supervisor). Applications where there is a 2nd academic co-supervisor from any UK university are welcome.

The NMIS-IDP will provide funding towards the fees and stipend at 50% (up to a maximum of £40K over four years) with the University / Industry Sponsor providing the remaining 50%, with the minimum threshold for Industry funding set at 40%. All additional project costs are to be provided by the University / Industry Sponsor.

Projects under this 3rd programme call are due to commence between 1st October 2019 and 31st December 2019 and 15 project awards are available.

To submit an application please complete the NMIS-IDP Application Form following the guidance contained within the NMIS-IDP Application Guidance.

Completed application forms should be emailed, along with supporting documentation to Sarah Doherty, SRPe Administrator (sarah.doherty@srpe.ac.uk) by 5pm on Friday 31st May 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be eligible.

Industrial companies who wish to explore the opportunities available under this scheme and the academic research expertise available across Scotland should contact SRPe on: contact@srpe.ac.uk

 
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SRPe Industry Doctorate Programme - Call for Applications

The Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering (SRPe) is delighted to announce the launch of its new SRPe Industry Doctorate Programme (SRPe-IDP).

A total of 12 project awards are available under this scheme and we invite project applications across the following SRPe strategic themes:

  • Engineering at the Life Sciences Interface

  • Infrastructure and Environment

  • Robotics and Autonomous Systems

Successful projects will be driven by industry / technology-user demand and address key areas of  industrial / technology-user challenge, opportunity or skills development need from across a wide spectrum of organisations and industry / technology-user sectors.

The SRPe-IDP projects must be delivered collaboratively between an SRPe university and an industrial company / technology-user organisation.

The industrial company / technology-user organisation must act as a co-investigator / co-supervisor engaged directly with the research, and the SRPe university must be the lead applicant and academic supervisor / host.

Collaborative participation from a 2nd SRPe university is highly desirable and, whilst not a specific criterion for project eligibility, will be taken into consideration during the review process.

The SRPe-IDP will provide funding towards the fees and stipend at 50% (up to a maximum of £40K over 4 years), with the university and the industry / technology-user partner providing the remaining 50%, with the minimum threshold for industry / technology-user funding contribution set at 40%. All additional project costs are to be provided by the university and industry / technology-user organisation partner.

Projects funded under this scheme are due to commence between 1st October 2019 and 31st December 2019 and will be of 4 years duration.

To submit an application please complete the SRPe-IDP Application Form following the guidance contained within the SRPe-IDP Application Guidance.

Completed application forms should be emailed, along with supporting documentation to Sarah Doherty, SRPe Administrator sarah.doherty@srpe.ac.uk by 5pm on Friday 31st May 2019. Applications received after this deadline will not be eligible.

Industrial companies / technology-user organisations who wish to explore the opportunities available under this scheme and the academic research expertise available across Scotland should contact SRPe on: contact@srpe.ac.uk


Future SRPe Doctoral Funding Opportunities

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PEER & PECRE Awards

Under the Scottish Funding Council's PEER and PECRE Schemes the Scottish Research Partnership in Engineering provides funding to:

  • support Scotland’s mission to strengthen European and wider international research collaboration

  • support increased access to European funding

  • provide enhanced postgraduate and early career researcher skills and capabilities development opportunities

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Pools Engagement in European Research

(PEER)

Awards of between £2k and £10k

Pool Engagement in European Research (PEER) awards support engagement in European collaboration and funding opportunities, for example, networking, promoting research capabilities, developing collaborative relationships, policy influencing, project preparation, and the development of proposals.

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Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE)

Awards of between £2k and £7.5k

Postgraduate and Early Career Researcher Exchanges (PECRE) awards provide skills and capabilities development opportunities for postgraduates and early career researchers to build experience of international collaboration with academia and / or industry across Europe, North America, China and India.

 
 

How to Apply

The 2018/19 call for applications is now closed

A FURTHER CALL WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN SPRING 2019, FOR PROJECTS TAKING PLACE IN THE 2019/20 ACADEMIC YEAR.

IF YOU WISH TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE SRPe PEER & PECRE SCHEME, PLEASE CONTACT Sarah Doherty, SRPe Administrator (sarah.doherty@srpe.ac.uk)