The first round of industry-led PhD projects have now been awarded as part of IBioIC’s Collaborative Training Partnership (CTP) with the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Allocated over the next three years, a total of 27 studentships have been awarded to IBioIC with 9 PhD projects now confirmed following a robust peer review process by the IBioIC CTP Management Board.

These four-year studentships will focus around the key themes of industrial biotechnology (IB) and bioenergy, and the development of world-class underpinning bioscience. The CTP scheme is designed to accelerate skills in bioscience priority areas, through industry-led collaborative doctoral training. Open to industrially led PhD projects in collaboration with a Scottish University or a University of the N8 Research Partnership (namely the Universities of Durham, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York), project applications were aligned with the major themes of IBioIC CASE awards:

Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy (including Sustainable Feedstocks, Integrated Bioprocessing and Downstream Processing)
World Class Underpinning Bioscience (Synthetic Biology and Bio-catalysis and Biotransformation)
“The calibre of applications in this recent PhD funding competition was particularly impressive with many of the projects being SME led and in collaboration with world-class academic groups within Scotland and the N8 Research Partnership”, Susanne Boyle, Skills Programme Manager, IBioIC.

The HEI’s and industry partners are now in the process of advertising the studentships and details of the following can be found on the HEI website and or


Established in 2014, IBioIC has delivered an all-encompassing and cross-disciplinary skills programme that covers life sciences; chemical sciences; and engineering to meet the demands of this growing industry across all educational levels from HN – PhD, proactively working to support the creation of 1,500 new jobs across the sector by 2020.

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Notes to Editors:

IBioIC’s role is as a specialist in the Industrial Biotechnology (IB) sector, designed to stimulate the growth and success of the IB industry in Scotland by connecting the dots between industry, academia and government. It represents all four colours of IB, facilitating collaborations and guiding organisations from concept to industry adoption.

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