Industrial CASE Studentships

2017 Industrial CASE studentship competition

Call opening date: 10 August 2017
Call closing date: 16:00 hrs 5 October 2017


The STFC Industrial CASE (Cooperative Awards in Science & Technology) studentship competition provides support for PhD students to work in collaboration with a non-academic partner on projects that fall within the STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics; or that aim to apply technologies or techniques developed within the programme into other areas. Projects involve joint supervision of the student by a member of staff at an academic Research Organisation or related institution and an employee of a non-academic organisation, such as a UK industrial firm, public sector organisation or charity (the non-academic partner).

Organisations eligible to receive an STFC studentship quota (that is, universities, Research Council institutes and those independent research organisations approved as eligible to hold grants) may act as the academic partner, but not as the non-academic partner. Non-University academic-related partners would need to host the studentship in conjunction with the University where the student would be registered.

Other UK-based organisations (including UK subsidiaries of foreign firms) may act as the non-academic partner.

Industrial CASE awards are for a minimum of 3.5 years. During the period of the award, the student is required to spend a period on the premises of the co-operating body. For a 3.5 year award, the cumulative period should be no less than 9 months but this could be spread over the period of the studentship and would not normally exceed 18 months. Industrial CASE students will receive an enhanced stipend detailed below.

Non-academic partners are required to take part in recruitment and monitoring of the student and to maintain active contact with the student and academic supervisor throughout the period of the studentship. Research Organisations are encouraged to include an industrial external examiner for the PhD.

Industrial CASE-Plus Studentships

Industrial CASE-Plus extends the Industrial CASE competition to help students become more effective in promoting technology transfer, should their chosen career path take them into either academic research or industry. For the first 3.5 years of the award, Industrial CASE-Plus operates in the same way as the Industrial CASE competition. The main difference is that the student spends a further year working full-time on the premises of the non-academic partner as an employee. During this additional year, the student is employed by the non-academic partner at a salary equivalent to that of a new STFC postdoctoral researcher.

STFC will contribute 50% of the salary costs incurred by the non-academic partner (up to a maximum STFC contribution of £14,250). Entry into the last year is dependent on the student demonstrating a level of achievement agreed in advance between the non-academic partner, the Research Organisation and the student. STFC will not commence funding for the additional year until the PhD thesis has been submitted.

Conversion from standard research to Industrial CASE and Industrial CASE-Plus

Standard research studentship awards may be converted to Industrial CASE studentships at any time after the student is in post. Collaborative Training provides outstanding students with access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone. Students have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills and significantly enhance their future employability. Industrial CASE students will receive an enhanced stipend detailed below.

Existing Industrial CASE studentships may be converted to Individual CASE-Plus at any time up to the end of the second year.

Non-academic partner funding contribution

Non-academic partners (excluding small and medium enterprises – see below) are required to make a financial contribution to both the student and the project. It must include:

  • An annual contribution to the academic research organisation towards the cost of the project of £1,400.00.

  • All additional expenses, such as the cost of travel and accommodation incurred as a direct result of attendance at the premises of the non-academic partner.

  • A minimum annual contribution to the student of £2,760.

Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs)

There is no longer a requirement for SMEs to make an annual contribution to the academic research organisation towards the cost of the project. An annual contribution to the student’s stipend is also no longer a requirement. These costs will be provided by STFC. SMEs would still be expected to fund the additional accommodation and travel costs associated with attending the non-academic partner and additional expenses incurred due to the use of equipment and facilities. SMEs can make additional financial contributions.

Definition of an SME is:

  • The company must have a staff headcount of <250
  • The company must have a turnover not exceeding €50m AND/OR a balance sheet total not exceeding €43m

STFC funding contribution

Payments to the student

Maintenance allowance 2017/18:

  • Industrial CASE outside London - £15,553 per annum
  • Industrial CASE within London - £17,553 per annum

Industrial CASE and Industrial CASE-Plus awards addition:

  • £615 per annum

Payments to the research organisation:

  • Tuition fees up to a maximum of £4,195 per annum in 2017/18
  • Research Training Support Grant (RTSG), a contribution towards incidental costs of training research student - £1,000 per annum
  • A contribution of £230 is paid towards the cost of conference fees and UK fieldwork

For Industrial CASE-Plus the non-academic partner will pay 50% of the student's salary in the additional year; STFC will contribute the remaining 50%, up to a maximum of £14,250.

How to apply

Proposals should be submitted by a supervisor from a Research Organisation eligible to be the academic partner through the Je-S system.

Applicants are reminded that their project must be within the remit of STFC core science programme in astronomy, particle physics and nuclear physics; or must seek to apply techniques and technologies developed within the programme into other areas. Applicants may not have the same application under consideration by more than one Research Council at any time.

If in doubt, applicants should consult Studentships well before the submission deadline to confirm which Research Council is best placed to consider their proposal.

For further information and guidance see the Guidance for Applicants (see below).

RCUK Joint Vision for Collaborative Training

Research Councils UK (RCUK) has published a Joint Vision for Collaborative Training to ensure that those doctoral students embarking on collaborative training programmes between academic and business partners are provided with a first-rate, challenging research training experience.

Current list of CASE studentships

Academic Partner Non-Academic Partner Project Title
Imperial College London Maxeler Technologies Ltd FPGA-based trigger algorithms at the CMS experiment at the LHC implemented using higher-level programming languages.
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Studying Radiation Damage in Segmented Silicon Detectors for High Energy Physics Experiments
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Understanding design and process factors affecting performance and radiation sensitivity of CMOS imagers
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Simulation and Measurement of Charge Transfer in Advanced Semiconductor Imaging Sensors
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Development of Monolithic CMOS Image Sensors Using Charge Transfer and Electron Multiplication
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Developing the CMOS Image Sensors for the JANUS Camera on ESA's JUICE Mission To Jupiter
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd CMOS Image Sensors for Precision Astronomy
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Mitigation strategies against radiation-induced instrument background for space astronomy missions
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Cryogenic irradiations: a realistic study of the impact of radiation on detectors in space.
Open University e2v technologies (UK) Ltd Development of CCD and CMOS detector technology for X-ray spectroscopy
The University of Manchester The Christie Hospital Charitable Appeals Improving the image clarity and dosimetry accuracy for Selective Internal Radiotherapy using 90Y microspheres.
The University of Manchester Christie NHS Foundation Trust Validation of clinical radionuclide therapy dose distribution by a novel system of 3D printed anthropomorphic phantoms.
The University of Manchester Rapiscan Systems Limited Improved Identification of illicit materials using an X-ray Backscattering technique.
The University of Manchester Waters Corporation Novel multi-reflecting electrostatic traps for high resolution mass spectrometry
University College London Quantemol Excitation and emission of open shell diatomic molecules
University College London Innovative Small Instruments Ltd Fusion of lidar with stereo camera data - an assessment
University College London Quantemol Electron impact vibrational excitation of water molecules
University of Glasgow Micron Semiconductor Ltd Low Gain Pixelated Avalanche detectors for particle physics and synchrotron applications
University of Liverpool Ministry of Defence Performance evaluation of a three-detector Compton Imaging system
University of Liverpool Defence Academy, MoD Submarine Reactor Monitoring with Anti-Neutrinos
University of Oxford Fluid Gravity Engineering Ltd Hypersonic wind tunnel and CFD testing of planetary entry vehicles
University of Oxford Goonhilly Earth Station Ltd Receiver technology for radio astronomy and deep space communications
University of Oxford FMB Oxford Limited  Development of beam position monitors for accelerator beam diagnostic, feedback and control systems.
University of Oxford TMD Technologies Ltd Development of a manufacturing prototype of advanced broad-band high-power radio-frequency amplifiers for electron-beam feedback and control systems
University of Surrey AWE Detecting ionising radiation using polarised light
University of Surrey Surrey Satellite Technology Limited Towards a more representative environmental vibration testing



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