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Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP)

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CTPs co-invest in training the next generation of skilled people for the research base and wider bioeconomy. Our vision is to provide PhD students with a first-rate, challenging research training experience within the context of a mutually beneficial research collaboration, between academic and partner organisations.

The 2016 Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) competition awarded a block allocation of 4-year studentships covering the academic years 2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20. Allocations are made to non-academic partners having established track records in collaborative doctoral training and businesses take the lead in arranging projects with an academic partner of their choice in research relevant to our remit and strategic priority areas. The allocations held by the successful CTP grant holders are detailed below.

BBSRC has offered an additional year of studentships to each CTP award holder, to start in 2020. A full CTP recommissioning process will be undertaken in 2020.

For further information about the CTP programme, please see the ‘Frequently asked questions’ and ‘CTP process for setting up studentships' documents in the downloads section.

CTPs are one of the main ways in which we fund collaborative training and enable businesses to better integrate studentships into their planning cycles. See our CASE studentships page for more information (see related links).

Note: Students are advised not to contact BBSRC or individuals directly, rather to search for studentship opportunities through research organisations.


National Productivity Investment Fund Studentships

In 2017 and 2018, 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 any area of the Industrial Strategy. The total number awarded was 105 studentships. The 2018 allocation was 31, and 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.

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


BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (2017-2020)
Organisation Contact Associate partners Total allocation (2017-20) Additional allocation (2020)
susan.critchlow@astrazeneca.com University of Glasgow, University of Exeter 27 11
fcr-ctp@emr.ac.uk University of Reading, The University of Nottingham, Mack Multiples, Worldwide Fruit Limited, East Malling Research, Marks and Spencer, University of Cambridge, UNIVEG UK Ltd, AHDB (Agri & Horticulture Dev Board), National Association of Cider Makers 12 5
damian.kelly@croda.com   15 6
collier_david_andrew@lilly.com King’s College London, University of Exeter 12 5
hira.l.sudan@gsk.com   30 12
skills@ibioic.com University of Glasgow, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Manchester, University of St Andrews, University of York 27 11
wallec@medimmune.com The University of Manchester, The University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge 12 6
Natalie.Chiu@mdlz.com Quadram Institute and NRP Bioscience DTP, KTN (Knowledge Transfer Network) 12 0
Linda.Wainwright@unilever.com University of Liverpool, University College London 27 12
r.wareing@lancaster.ac.uk Lancaster University, The University of Warwick, University of Reading, Rothamsted Research 15 7

BBSRC CTP National Productivity Investment Fund Studentships Allocations

CTP Grant holders Contact Associate partners Number of studentships 2017/18 Number of studentships 2018/19
Dr S Critchlow University of Glasgow, University of Exeter 2 0
Dr R Harnden University of Reading, The University of Nottingham, Mack Multiples, Worldwide Fruit Limited, East Malling Research, Marks and Spencer, University of Cambridge, UNIVEG UK Ltd, AHDB (Agri & Horticulture Dev Board), National Association of Cider Makers 3 2
Dr R Wood   2 0
Dr H Sudan   12 0
Dr I Archer University of Glasgow, The University of Edinburgh, The University of Manchester, University of St Andrews, University of York 7 0
Dr C van der Walle The University of Manchester, The University of Sheffield, University of Leeds, University of Cambridge 3 0
Dr L Wainwright University of Liverpool, University College London 2 0
Mr A Wilson Lancaster University, The University of Warwick, University of Reading, Rothamsted Research 3 0

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