UKRI-BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP2) funding call is now open

The UKRI-BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) scheme is a doctoral training programme directed at industrial research challenges and delivered by consortia led by businesses in collaboration with Research Organisations. Its ambition is to build capacity and address strategic skills challenges in the UK bioeconomy[1] at doctoral level and provide candidates with the research, innovation and transferable skills needed to be competitive for high-quality jobs in the labour markets of the bioeconomy, academia and beyond. We define the bioeconomy as:

“All economic activity derived by bio-based products and processes which contributes to sustainable and resource-efficient solutions to the challenges we face in food, chemicals, material, energy production, health and environmental production.”

To address this ambition, the objectives of CTP2 are to:

  • Build the capacity of the research and innovation workforce at doctoral level across sectors and industries of the UK bioeconomy to support their productivity and growth;
  • Support businesses and business-led consortia to deliver doctoral programmes that address sector and industry based strategic skills challenges;
  • Develop cohorts of enterprising and entrepreneurial doctoral graduates equipped with the research, innovation and transferable skills they need to compete for high-quality jobs in the bioeconomy and beyond;
  • Ensure accessibility to doctoral training for candidates from diverse backgrounds and personal circumstances;
  • Ensure the physical and mental wellbeing of candidates is protected;
  • Create an outcomes-focussed programme capable of evidencing its progress and impact.

CTP is complementary to the Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) scheme in underpinning UKRI-BBSRC’s goal to build the foundation of people and skills for UK bioscience (see the UKRI-BBSRC ‘Forward Look for UK Bioscience’), and with the additionality of aiming to support the aspirations of the government’s Industrial and Bioeconomy strategies as they relate to the workforce. The UKRI-BBSRC Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP2) funding call is now open for applications on the BBSRC website https://bbsrc.ukri.org/funding/filter/2020-bbsrc-doctoral-training-partnerships/