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iCASE Studentships Project Call

Project Proposals for MRC iCASE studentships are now open. Deadline for application Friday 14th December.

The MRC DTP Industrial Collaborative Award in Science and Engineering (iCASE) studentship competition promotes partnerships between biomedical scientists and non-academic partner organisations (public, private and third sector). iCASE studentships allow postgraduate research students to receive high quality research training in collaboration with a commercial or other non-academic partner. These studentships can initiate longer-term partnerships and support the ‘impact’ of doctoral research. For more information on the history of MRC iCASE, please visit our partners section.

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GENERAL GUIDELINES

MRC DTP iCASE Project Proposal Form – 2019 Entry

Assessment Considerations iCASE Projects – 2019 Entry

MRC DTP iCASE Studentships – FAQ Project Proposals

MRC DTP iCASE Studentship – KCL Agreement

Successful PhD candidates applying for entry in September / October 2019 entry will pursue a 0+4 PhD structure ; they will start immediately on their PhD project and will not participate in rotation projects. They will participate in all other training and cohort activities of the DTP.

Project Investigators (PIs) are invited to submit an MRC DTP iCASE Project Proposal Form for 2019 entry. Anyone wishing to have a project considered for funding in 2019-20 must submit by the deadline: Friday 14th December, 9am. Please be reminded that a co-supervisor can only submit one project submission per project call. 

Projects must align to one of following research areas:

  • Advanced Therapeutics
  • Medical Imaging, Digital Technologies and Informatics for Health
  • Accelerating (Precision) Medicines & Diagnostics Discovery for Health

For management purposes, projects must fit within the remit of the four themes of the MRC DTP:

PROJECT ASSESSMENT & SELECTION

All iCASE Project Proposals must be submitted to the MRC DTP Team (mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk) by a KCL academic; all applications will be considered against the Assessment Considerations for iCASE Projects 2019 by a multi-expertise panel lead by the MRC DTP Executive . Up to four will be chosen to receive funding and advertised.  In line with our Grant Award from the MRC we will choose up to:

  • 3 projects with a non-SME partner (>250 employees)
  • 1 project with an SME partner (<250 employees/ an enterprise with a turnover not exceeding £50m AND/OR a balance sheet total not exceeding £43m.
  • The MRC DTP operates a co-supervision model. Both academic supervisors must be eligible to act as a first supervisor and are expected to make an equal contribution to supervision of the project. As per KCL PGR Regulations, at least one co-supervisor must have supervised a PGR student to completion and one must hold a doctoral degree themselves.
  • Both academic supervisors must have undergone supervisory training or be enrolled to receive such training. This will be verified when the project submission is reviewed.
  • Both academic supervisors must be primarily appointed at KCL/KHP (50% or higher) to be eligible to be a co-supervisor on the MRC DTP.
  • The co-supervisors must be able to demonstrate they have the resources to undertake the project.  For lab-based work, this typically means that one co-supervisor must be a primary grant holder, and the grant must be specified on the application.
  • Only one project submission to this specific call allowed per co-supervisor. Co-supervisors can submit a project to this call on top of a project already submitted to the annual MRC DTP call for 2019 – 2020.
  • Applicants will apply to one specific project (from the four chosen for funding).
  • Co-supervisors successful in attracting a student to their project can appoint an applicant on top of any other PhD students from the MRC DTP.
  • MRC iCASE 2017_Guidance Notes
  • UK – based organisations can be considered as the non-academic partner if they can provide students with distinctive research training and experience not available in an academic setting. Organisations eligible for Research Council funding (such as NHS Trusts) cannot act as a non-academic partner. Where the non-academic partner is a company, it must have an established UK based research and/or commercial production capability. In exceptional cases, organisations based overseas may be eligible, but only where they can provide the students with an opportunity to gain skills not currently available in the UK.
  • An Annual financial contribution from the non-academic partner: as a measure of its interest and commitment, the non-academic/company partner (if >250 employees) must make a financial contribution to the MRC DTP of £15,000 per annum for the full length of the studentship. This contribution will support the training of the student and support the MRC DTP Programme. As per MRC Guidance £1,400 p/a will be awarded to the student’s consumables budget (in addition to £5,300 p/a awarded by the research grant) and £2,500 p/a will be awarded to the student’s stipend (in addition to £16,777 p/a awarded by the research grant) in recognition of the extra responsibilities associated with collaborative studentships. SMEs (<250 employees) are not expected to make this financial contribution, these costs will be covered by the MRC.
  • A placement opportunity for the student (the MRC mandates a cumulative period of no less than three months spent working in the facilities of the industrial collaborator). This 3-month period can be at any point during the studentship and may consist of a number of shorter visits if appropriate – all associated costs to be covered by the partner. Please note a 3 month placement is a mandatory expectation of the MRC iCASE Studentships.

Expectations of the non-academic partner:

A non-academic partner is a mandatory requirement for iCASE studentships. The MRC iCASE Guidance notes can be found here. The MRC DTP mandatory expectations of the partner are:

  • An annual financial contribution from the non-academic partner: the non-academic/company partner (if >250 employees) must make a financial contribution to the MRC DTP of £15,000 per annum for the full length of the studentship. This contribution will support the training of the student and support the MRC DTP Programme. As per MRC Guidance £1,400 p/a will be awarded to the student’s consumables budget (in addition to £5,300 p/a awarded by the research grant) and £2,500 p/a will be awarded to the student’s stipend (in addition to £16,777 p/a awarded by the studentship award) in recognition of the extra responsibilities associated with collaborative studentships. SMEs (<250 employees) are not expected to make this financial contribution, these costs will be covered by the MRC DTP.
  • A placement opportunity for the student (the MRC mandates a cumulative period of no less than three months spent working in the facilities of the industrial collaborator. This 3-month period can be at any point during the studentship and may consist of a number of shorter visits if appropriate – all associated costs to be covered by the partner). Commitment to this 3-month placement must be detailed in a letter of support from the industry partner at the point of project submission.
  • Industry Partners are expected to review the MRC DTP iCASE Studentship Draft Agreement between KCL and the partner prior to project submission and confirm their agreement to the contract (and identifying any exceptions) in the supporting letter.
  • If a project is selected for advertisement, the contract between KCL and the partner must be agreed and finalised before interviews for the studentship take place; if the contract cannot be signed by this time, the MRC DTP reserves the right to withdraw the studentship awarded to the PIs and partner.
  • All project descriptions should be written so that third year undergraduate students can understand them, and should outline the contribution of each supervisor
  • For all iCASE Studentships, the PhD will start from the outset of the programme
  • As per MRC Guidance £1,400 p/a will be awarded to the student’s consumables budget from the partner’s financial contribution (in addition to £5,300 p/a awarded by the research grant). SMEs (<250 employees) are not expected to make this financial contribution, these costs will be covered by the MRC.
  • As per MRC Guidance £2,500 p/a will be awarded to the student’s stipend (in addition to £16,553 p/a awarded by the research grant) in recognition of the extra responsibilities associated with collaborative studentships. SMEs (<250 employees) are not expected to make this financial contribution, these costs will be covered by the MRC.
  • As per MRC Guidance the non-academic partner must offer a 3 month placement to the student as part of the studentship; this is a mandatory expectation of the MRC funding.
  • A multi-expertise panel, lead by the MRC DTP Executive , will compare all projects submitted to the iCASE Assessment Considerations; up to four projects will be selected for advertisement (3 projects with a non-SME partner and 1 project with an SME partner. Students will apply to one project specifically.
  • PIs of selected funded projects and the non-academic partner are expected to be involved in the interview days.
Deadline for Project Proposals Friday 14th December, 9am 2018
Candidate applications open Friday 18th January, 2019
Deadline for candidate applications Friday 1st March, 2019
Shortlisting of candidates Friday 8th March – Monday 18th March, 2019
Interviews Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

All the sections of the MRC DTP iCASE Project Proposal Form- 2019 Entry must be complete at the time of submission.

Submit your application to the following email address: mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk for the attention of MRC DTP Team.

Deadline for submissions: Friday 14th December, 9am

Any enquiries should also be directed to mrc-dtp@kcl.ac.uk

On the Subject Line of your email specify the relevant Theme for your project followed by family name and initials of co-supervisor 1A & 1B.

For example: Theme1_JonesAB_SmithDC.

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