iCASE 2022 entry – Call for project proposals (Supervisors)

This page contains information for academics in the White Rose universities of Leeds, Sheffield and York who may be interested in submitting a project proposal for an iCASE studentship within the BBSRC Doctoral Training Partnership in Mechanistic Biology (DTP).

As part of the DTP3 funding round from the Biology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), the White Rose BBSRC DTP has been awarded 7 iCASE studentships per year, to be allocated over the academic years 2020-21, 2021-22 and 2022-23.

What is iCASE? 

Our iCASE studentships are 4-year PhDs that include a collaboration with an industrial partner. The industrial partner supports the student throughout their PhD.  Part of that support involves providing a supervised placement – minimum 3 months – in industry.  This would normally take place on the employers’ premises but may be adapted to remote working depending on any lockdown restrictions in place at the time.  

More information about iCASE (formerly known as ‘CASE’) studentships can be found on the BBSRC website.

More information about iCASE studentships within the White Rose BBSRC DTP, please download the guidance document – see below.

How to submit a project proposal

The call for iCASE project proposals for the DTP is now open.

If you wish to submit a proposal, please download the 3 documents below.

Please ensure that both forms are fully completed. Note that forms with missing information will be returned for completion, which may then risk missing the deadline.

Please read the guidance document carefully and note the additional guidance on the application forms themselves.

You will need to submit both Form A and Form B, together with a letter of support from the industry partner, to Catherine Liddle, DTP Co-ordinator, email: c.m.liddle@leeds.ac.uk

The deadline for your project proposal to reach Catherine is 5pm Friday 1st October 2021.

Please also copy in the grad school administrator from your university for information. Details can be found in the guidance document.

What happens next?

The guide document contains the timeline for the whole iCASE recruitment and selection process. The next step for potential supervisors is to download the documents above and begin / continue negotiating the detailed partnership arrangements with your chosen industry partner.

If you are new to iCASE or would like a refresher about these studentships, each university may be holding fora within the next couple of weeks, so please look out for emails from your local grad school.

The DTP directors are conscious that COVID-19 is having an ongoing impact in both the academic and industrial fields. If you are finding that this, or anything else is causing a barrier which means you are unlikely to be able to meet the deadline, please let Catherine know at the earliest possible opportunity, so that the DTP directors can be informed and consider revising the timeline if necessary. Otherwise, the intention is to adhere to the published timeline (as in the guidance doc).