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NSIRC launches open call inviting PhD proposals from leading universities

NSIRC launches open call inviting PhD proposals from leading universities

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Industrial research institute the National Structural Integrity Research Centre (NSIRC) has launched an open call to universities around the world for ten PhDs it will fund in 2016.

The degrees, which will focus on structural integrity and systems performance, will be paid for by NSIRC founder sponsor the Lloyd’s Register Foundation (LRF), which has committed £15 million of PhD programme funding over ten years.

The LRF recently launched its Foresight Review of Structural Integrity and Systems Performance in Singapore, setting out its plan to fund high-quality research that will have a real impact on the safety of life and property. The organisation has already delivered ten PhD studentships through NSIRC this year as it works towards this commitment.  

To continue its work to address the structural integrity challenges imposed by complex products and engineering systems, NSIRC is now inviting PhD proposals from universities worldwide. 

Professor Tat-Hean Gan, Director of Technology of NSIRC, said: ‘NSIRC is proud to launch the first LRF open call, inviting PhD proposals in the field of structural integrity and system performance from universities around the world.

‘We aim to attract the best ideas from top universities, tackling issues facing industry both today and on the horizon. Through this initiative, NSIRC will bring together thought leaders in the field of structural integrity from around the world, generating a critical mass of knowledge to address industry challenges through innovative products, services and best practices.’

Proposal are invited in the below areas of research, from world-leading research universities:

  • Safety of additive manufactured parts
  • Advancing the state of the art to maximise safety 
  • Whole-system approaches to demonstrate safety and integrity
  • Data-centric engineering
  • Minimising the risks associated with maintenance and inspection

Please click here for more information on this 2016 open call and to apply for funding. The closing date for applications is 19 February 2016. 

NSIRC, a state-of-the-art research facility based in Cambridge, UK, was established to collaborate with leading universities around the world to deliver industry-inspired research through PhD programmes. Click here for more information. 

The initiative was jointly funded by the Regional Growth Fund (RGF), the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and by industry. The founder sponsors of NSIRC are the Lloyd’s Register Foundation, BP and TWI. The objectives of the initiative are to address the following:

  • Build and operate state-of-the-art facilities for research, development and testing
  • Translate research and development into industrial products and systems
  • Generate qualified researchers and engineers

Over a period of ten years, NSIRC will carry out fundamental research, partnering with universities worldwide and disseminating the outcome to the industry. The centre will train postgraduate students and generate a pool of talent for the industry.  

If your organisation or university is interested in partnering with NSIRC, please contact us at enquiries@nsirc.co.uk. We would be interested in enabling you to explore the opportunities presented by NSIRC, and taking you on a tour of our state-of-the-art facility in Cambridge, UK.