Seventy five Centres for Doctoral Training announced

On 4 February, the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) revealed the successful university proposals for Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs). The CDTs will be funded through EPSRC, which has allocated £444 million, with a further £2.2 million from The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Industry partners are contributing a further £386 million in cash or in-kind.

These centres are a significant investment in research skills and will ensure the next generation of doctoral level students are equipped to tackle research and innovation challenges across the engineering and physical sciences landscape.

The successful Centres will cover a wide range of fields, from Medical Imaging to Quantum Engineering, Offshore Renewable Energy to Statistical Applied Mathematics. Centres of potential interest to CBMNet members include:

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in BioDesign Engineering

  • Dr G Baldwin, Imperial College London

The EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Chemical Biology – Innovation for the Life Sciences

  • Professor O Ces, Imperial College London

EPSRC Centre for Doctoral Training in Bioprocess Engineering Leadership (Complex Biological Products Manufacture

  • Professor G Lye University College London

“As we explore new research to boost our economy with an increase of over £7 billion invested in R&D over five years to 2021/22 – the highest increase for over 40 years – we will need skilled people to turn ideas into inventions that can have a positive impact on our daily lives. The Centres for Doctoral Training at universities across the country will offer the next generation of PhD students the ability to get ahead of the curve. In addition, this has resulted in nearly £400 million being leveraged from industry partners. This is our modern Industrial Strategy in action, ensuring all corners of the UK thrive with the skills they need for the jobs of tomorrow. As Science Minister, I’m delighted we’re making this massive investment in postgraduate students as part of our increased investment in R&D.”

Chris Skidmore, Science and Innovation Minister


“Highly talented people are required to tackle key global challenges such as sustainable energy and cyber security, and provide leadership across industries and our public services. Centres for Doctoral Training provide them with the support, tools and training they need to succeed, and the involvement of 1,400 project partners underlines how much industry and the charity sector value this approach.”

Professor Sir Mark Walport, UKRI Chief Executive


“The UK’s research base makes the discoveries that lead to innovations and these can improve lives and generate income for the UK. Centres for Doctoral Training have already proven to be successful in attracting the world’s brightest minds and industry support to address the scientific and engineering challenges we face. This new cadre will continue to build on previous investment.”

Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC Executive Chair


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