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Case Awards

CASE (Cooperative Awards in Science and Engineering) awards are used to supplement the support of PhD students working on projects jointly devised and supervised by members of academic staff and an industrial partner. The research projects can be in any field relevant to the Department's programme.

The benefits of the CASE award scheme for research students are as follows:
• the opportunity to work in an industrial or commercial environment on a scientific problem of direct interest to the cooperating body.
• the opportunity to obtain a higher degree and to improve their prospects of subsequent employment.
• an enhanced stipend.

and the benefits to the industrial partners are:

• CASE can provide an economic way of solving your research, design or manufacturing problems.
• The scheme allows industry and commerce to forge closer links with universities and to draw upon their expertise and facilities.
• The CASE student will spend three months of the three-year award working in the laboratory of the industrial partner.


Details of the 7 Research Councils in relation to CASE awards are outlined below:


Medical Research Council 

Note: As a measure of its interest and commitment, the industrial partner’s contribution will include:  A mandatory cash payment of at least £2500 per annum as a supplement to the stipend awarded by MRC for the entire length of the studentship award



Engineering and Physical Science Research Council 

Note: Companies must provide additional "top-up" funding to the student project. This is a minimum of a third (£22,883) of the EPSRC funding of £68,648 over 3.5 years in 2013 but the company can contribute more if they want to.

There is an expectation that the stipend of an Industrial CASE student will be increased above the minimum payment using the industrial top-up.



Natural Environment Research Council 

Note: The CASE Partner must supplement the student’s maintenance grant by paying at least £1000 pa for three years



Economic and Social Research Council 



Science and Technology Facilities Council 

Note: The co-operating body is required to make a financial contribution to both the student and the project. It must include: An annual contribution to the academic research organisation towards the cost of the project of £1,550.00;



Arts and Humanities Research Council 


The Council recommends a minimum of £1,000 per year for the additional maintenance contribution but recognises that this might present difficulties for smaller businesses, charitable organisations and some public bodies therefore some exceptions may be possible.



Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council 


1. There is no longer a requirement to enhance the student stipend for any iCASE Studentship.
2. For all non-academic partners, all costs associated with the placement must be met. Non-academic partners must support all expenses associated with the work carried out by the student while on placement, including additional expenses (such as travel and accommodation) incurred by the student as a direct result of attendance at the premises of a company. This includes the cost of flights in the case of overseas companies.
3. For companies who have more than 50 employees (including employees in parent companies or subsidiaries), the mandatory requirement for financial contribution is an annual cash contribution to the academic partner of at least £1400 per annum.
4. For companies who have 50 or fewer employees (including employees in parent companies and subsidiaries), we have removed the mandatory requirement to contribute to the academic partner costs.

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