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Businesses offered chance to secure PhD students’ services


Businesses in Yorkshire and Humber are being offered the chance to take part in a long-term collaboration projects as part of regional development agency Yorkshire Forward’s ongoing partnership with the Engineering and Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC).

The EPSRC run Industrial Collaborative Awards in Science & Engineering (CASE) will see up to six three-and-a-half year post-graduate positions created by businesses in the region to enable them to take the lead in defining, and arranging, projects, with an academic partner of their choice. The academic partner will be host to the Industrial CASE student.

Businesses that apply for the Awards should be in research areas that align with Yorkshire Forward’s strategic priorities for business innovation through collaboration with the knowledge base. These priorities have been identified to help implement the Regional Innovation Strategy and align with national priorities identified within EPSRC’s own Delivery Plan. 

Jim Farmery, Assistant Director for Business at Yorkshire Forward, said: “These studentships are an excellent way of making the most of the large pool of research talent on offer in Yorkshire and Humber’s great universities.

“This is an excellent opportunity to take advantage of expert researchers and facilities without having to spend the amount of money normally associated with such a venture.”

Yorkshire Forward is now seeking applications from eligible businesses interested in taking advantage of the studentships.

The company is required to provide a financial contribution of a minimum of one third of the EPSRC contribution. This contribution is in addition to EPSRC's award, and currently equates to an investment of approximately £22,000 over the duration of the project.

The company must also commit to supporting the student and enabling them to spend at least three months, during the period of the award, at their business premises and pay any travel and subsistence costs the student accrues during this period.

Yorkshire Forward is particularly keen to hear from SMEs and those companies that have not previously collaborated with EPSRC and which fall into the CASE Awards priority areas of Healthcare Technologies and Medical Devices, Advanced Materials, Intelligent Product and Process Design, Sustainability Science and Digital and New Media.

To apply for one of the six possible Industrial CASE Awards allocated to Yorkshire Forward, please complete the attached Application Form and e-mail as an attachment to Danielle Hankin at to arrive no later than 17:00 on Friday 25thJune 2010.

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For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact Dan Murphy, Press Manager on 0113 3949904 or email

Yorkshire Forward

  • Yorkshire Forward is the Regional Development Agency behind the economic regeneration of Yorkshire and Humber. It aims to make a positive difference by investing in jobs, improving towns and cities, and in supporting businesses throughout the region.