Industrial CASE Partnerships

BBSRC's iCASE partnerships 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.

As part of the BBSRC's commitment to UK industry all Industrial CASE research students must spend part of their time with the partner company. BBSRC stipulates a placement period of a minimum of 3 months, and up to a maximum of 18 months. The required placement period can be accrued through a number of shorter placements, if appropriate. The placement should be directly relevant to the student's research project which is jointly supervised by the academic and the non-academic partner. In addition, to experience of an industrial research environment, the student should receive business-related training, for example, in project management, business strategy and/or finance.

iCASE students will be part of the NRPDTP cohort and will receive the same training as DTP students. All iCASE students will be required to attend a pre and post  placement 1:1 meeting and it will be optional to attend the PIPS pre-workshops on CV’s and networking. iCASE students will also be required to submit a reflective report following completion of their placement.

Benefits to the student: Students gain access to training, facilities and expertise not available in an academic setting alone. They have an opportunity to develop a range of valuable skills which will significantly enhance their future employability; the expectation is that many will become research leaders of the future.

Benefits to the academic/partner organisations: Collaborative Training studentships encourage productive engagement between partners who benefit from a motivated, high-quality doctoral student undertaking cutting-edge research relevant to the organisation's priorities and objectives. They provide opportunities to explore novel research collaborations and strengthen current partnerships.

To read case studies about previous iCASE student experiences, click here