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Industrial CASE PhD Awards


The Smith Institute for Industrial Mathematics and System Engineering is delighted to announce that, in conjunction with EPSRC, it will be allocating four Industrial CASE (iCASE) Studentships, to support postgraduate researchers working on new industrial-academic collaborations in mathematics.   Companies and universities who wish to work together in this way should contact judy.reynolds@smithinst.co.uk with a copy to gillian.hoyle@smithinst.co.uk, to receive detailed instructions on how to apply.  The key dates are  


  •  Deadline for the submission of iCASE Studentship applications: Friday 28 October 2016.
  • Announcement of outcome to applicants: Wednesday 9 November 2016.
  • Successful partnerships to return sign-up forms to EPSRC: 30 November 2016.  
  • EPSRC to announce training grants to partnering universities: by end of February 2017


Further Information

To be eligible as an iCASE partner, companies must have an established UK-based research and/or commercial production capability, and universities must be a recipient of Doctoral Training Partnership funding from EPSRC.   Each project is to last four years, with EPSRC contributing £83,300 (estimated) to the cost.  The participating company must make a minimum financial contribution of at least £27,800 over the same period.  Collaborations involving any branch of mathematics are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed by an independent panel, against the following criteria:

  • Scientific quality: opportunities for doing excellent science, expanding the use of mathematics, and evidence of a stimulating and supportive environment for a student to pursue a PhD in the mathematical sciences.
  • Potential economic impact: in addition to the possible impact on business or society, it should also be made clear why the partnering company has made a commitment to the project and what it hopes to get out of the collaboration.
  • Building the community: expanding the relationships between EPSRC, business and industry, and growing the mathematical community's breadth of activity in collaborative research.
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