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Research proposal application form

Research proposal application form

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Call Application Form

NSIRC is launching its second LRF  sponsored call to invite proposal from universities worldwide to address the  priority areas identified from the foresight review. Before proceeding to  complete the application, please read and confirm you understand and agree to  the requirements of the call.

Funding:

     
  • This call will provide universities with funding towards PhD studentships, with the expectation that they will provide match-funding. One of the criteria for selection will be the fiscal contribution towards funding of the research.
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  • The funding available under this call is as follows:
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  • Up to £42,000 over three years (or four for Engineering Doctorate) towards stipend and tuition fees for UK and EU universities.
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  • Up to £32,000 over two years towards stipend and tuition fees for international universities.
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  • The university is expected to provide the balance contribution towards the fees and stipend.
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  • Co-funding must be identified before starting of PhD.
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  • Students will require a minimum stipend of £16,000 towards their living costs during their stay at NSIRC.
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  • Funding is subject to signing of an NSIRC studentship agreement (available on request) and compliance of UK Home Office regulations if applicable.
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  • Applicants are invited to participate even if funding is a barrier, as all excellent proposals will be considered, but please provide details of potential co-funding in the proposal.

Equipments and Facilities:

     
  • Students will have access to the equipment’s and facilities at TWI and the University for the purpose of successful completion of the research. 
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  • The PhD student is required to adhere to the HSE regulations and TWI policies and procedures to ensure safe operation of equipments.
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  • The PhD student will be provided mandatory training and supervision for proper use of equipment before being provided access to equipments.    
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  • For a list of critical equipments related to the call, please click here.

Location:

     
  • The student will be based at NSIRC, Cambridge.
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  • At least 50 per cent of the Students PhD period is required to be spent at NSIRC for students registered at a non-UK or Non-EU University.
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  • At least 80 per cent or more of the students PhD period is required to be spend at NSIRC for those registered at a UK or EU university.

Intellectual Property:

     
  • All applicants are required to comply with the Intellectual property rules and regulation of NSIRC. Failure to adhere to the IP rules and regulations will lead to disqualification of proposals. IP rules and regulations are available in the studentship   agreement (available upon request).

Supervision:

     
  • The student will be jointly supervised by the academic supervisor from the university, TWI supervisor and Lloyd’s Register Foundation arranged industrial mentors.
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  • There will be regular meetings to agree scope and discuss progress.

University:

     
  • The university will award the degree.
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  • The university will provide training where deemed necessary.
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  • The university will provide a laptop and access to University resources (such as licenced softwares etc.)

Applications:

     
  • Applications must be fully completed with true and accurate information.  
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  • Universities and Applicants can submit more than one proposal for the call.
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  • The lead applicant is expected to liaise with TWI staff to ensure implementation and industry pull or technology push.

Submissions:

     
  • The deadline for the submission of proposals is 10 February 2017 before 16:00 UK Time.
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  • The outcome of the applications will be announced if you are successful by 24 March 2017.

Assessment:  

     
  • The application will be subjected to a two stage review process
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  • The applications will be anonymously scored for excellence and impact by a panel of “subject matter experts” from industry.  
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  • A prioritisation meeting will be held by the “structural integrity steering board” to review the scores and award scholarship.  

Confidentiality and Data Protection

     
  • NSIRC will treat all proposals in confidence. The proposal will be reviewed by industry experts, who will be required to declare any conflict of interest, maintain confidentiality and conform to the Data Protection Act.

Benefits:   

     
  • Funding available towards delivery of industrially led postgraduate research
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  • Access to state-of-the-art facilities at NSIRC, UK
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  • Collaboration with industry leader in structural integrity
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  • Be part of a global structural integrity research network
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  • Gain experience in delivering research within a commercial environment
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