Doctoral Landscape Award 2024 - Swindon, United Kingdom - NERC - the Natural Environment Research Council

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    Opportunity status: Open Funders: , Funding type: Grant Total fund: £288,000,000 Publication date: 30 January Opening date: 30 January :00pm UK time Closing date: 30 April 2024 4:00pm UK time

    Last updated: 2 February

    Apply for funding to deliver a doctoral landscape award in the biosciences, in the environmental sciences, or in both. This funding opportunity will enable training for the next generation of researchers in technical and professional skills applicable to a diverse range of careers.

    You must be based at a UK research organisation eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) funding.

    Organisations may be the administrative lead on a maximum of one Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and one Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) application, or organisations can be the administrative lead on one joint BBSRC-NERC application.

    This funding opportunity is open to applicants based at organisations that are eligible for UKRI research grant funding. This includes:

    • higher education institutions
    • research council institutes
    • eligible independent research organisations and Catapult centres
    • public sector research establishments (PSREs)

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    Organisations may be the administrative lead on a maximum of one Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and one Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) application or organisations can be the administrative lead on one joint BBSRC-NERC application.

    Each application must include:

    • one administrative lead organisation
    • at least one accredited higher education PhD awarding body
    • at least one hosting partner, and may include collaborative partners

    Research organisations are highly encouraged to join with hosting and collaborative partners. To ensure delivery of a truly multidisciplinary training environment, consortia are encouraged to engage effectively with other departments across their partner organisations as appropriate.

    Organisations that are not eligible for UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) research grant funding may act as collaborative partners. Information regarding the nature of this collaboration must be included within the application.

    Public sector research establishments wishing to be involved in an application are required to choose whether they wish to do so either as a hosting partner or a collaborative partner. An organisation cannot perform both roles within one application.

    Hosting partners

    These are organisations that:

    • are eligible for UKRI funding
    • will provide the principal base (host) for students during the duration of the award

    You may apply as a single-institution or a multi-institution consortium.

    Within a single-institution application, the hosting organisation is the only hosting organisation involved in the application and will act as the administrative lead.

    Within a multi-institution consortium, the application should identify one of the hosting partners as the administrative lead partner. The administrative lead does not have to be a higher education doctorate award-making body.

    Identification of the administrative lead should not be interpreted as recognition as the dominant partner which will host the majority of studentships.

    We encourage single-institution and multi-institution hosting partners to partner with collaborative organisations to deliver their Doctoral Landscape Award.

    Collaborative partners

    These are organisations that are one of the following:

    • not eligible for UKRI funding
    • eligible for UKRI funding but will not provide the principal base (host) for students during the award

    Collaborative partners provide additional benefits to the students' experience, such as:

    • work experience outside of academia
    • training
    • equipment
    • facilities

    Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI)

    We are committed to achieving equality of opportunity for all funding applicants. We encourage applications from a diverse range of researchers.

    We support people to work in a way that suits their personal circumstances. This includes:

    • career breaks
    • support for people with caring responsibilities
    • flexible working
    • alternative working patterns