New PhD opportunities available for research projects with real-world impact

New PhD opportunities available for research projects with real-world impact

New PhD opportunities available for research projects with real-world impact

New, fully-funded PhD opportunities are now available for research projects that have the potential to deliver real-world impact to both individuals and society in general.

Three opportunities are available in science disciplines, which are being funded through the University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA).

The projects are:

All three projects have external supervisors that include a local NHS organization, the European Marine Energy Centre, and representatives from industry such as Teer Coatings Ltd.

The DTA, which is the UK’s largest doctoral training programme of its kind, was launched in 2015 to create a new model closely aligned to industrial strategy and priority challenges, producing industry-ready graduates. It was set up with the objective of attracting external funding.

Funding for the new projects has been obtained by the DTA through a €6.5m award from the European Commission. Additional funding has been received from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

University Alliance’s successful bid was the only winning British entry out of five in the funding round and is one of eight programmes across Europe to win support narrowed down from 29 bidders. It scored the highest out of any successful bid in both the ‘impact’, ‘excellence’ and ‘quality and efficiency’ judging categories. 

Professor John Latham Commenting, University Alliance Chair said: “This major external funding award is a prestigious a stamp of approval for University Alliance’s Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) model and demonstrates its distinctiveness and strengths.

“The DTA programme responds to the needs of industry and the challenges facing society, training independent, highly-employable researchers with relevant skills and expertise to thrive in strategically important sectors.  The success of our proposal reflects that.

“As the DTA – the UK’s largest multi-institution partnership of its kind – goes from strength to strength, it is fantastic that this funding will enable the programme to attract talent from overseas and operate internationally. The opportunities being created will add to UK research and innovation ecosystem and help us stay competitive.”

University Alliance’s successful bid was the only winning British entry out of five in the funding round and is one of eight programmes across Europe to win support narrowed down from 29 bidders. It scored the highest out of any successful bid in both the ‘impact’, ‘excellence’ and ‘quality and efficiency’ judging categories. 

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