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MRC announces future investment in doctoral training

MRC has committed £79 million to support doctoral training for the next three years, through its Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) competition.

The Medical Research Council (MRC) has announced it will fund 17 DTP awards across 34 UK Research Organisations (ROs) for student intake 2022 onwards. MRC’s vision for these DTP awards is to support high quality doctoral training programmes that take a student-centred approach, focusing on scientific excellence, positive research culture and wider training opportunities.

Doctoral Training Partnerships from 2022

The following DTP awards will be made for PhD studentship intake from 2022:

These DTP awards will provide doctoral training for around 200 students per year across MRC’s remit. This includes:

Investments in doctoral training are an important component of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the MRC’s overarching vision to develop research talent and skills. These investments will provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance the capabilities of doctoral candidates and develop a world-class, highly skilled workforce for the UK.

About Doctoral Training Partnerships

MRC DTPs provide funding for doctoral training across a broad research range relevant to MRC’s remit, strategic research and skills priorities.

MRC DTPs are awarded for multiple intake years of students and provide ROs with significant flexibility in the use of funds to support doctoral training aligned to the RO’s scientific strategy and strengths. These awards are for three intake years (2022 to 2024), with an additional two intake years (2025 to 2026) subject to a mid-term review.

To maximise the ability and flexibility to achieve MRC’s vision, MRC funding for industrial Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (iCASE) studentships was embedded within this competition, instead of awarding separately. Wider industrial collaborations were also encouraged as part of this call.

For more information about how MRC supports doctoral training, see the MRC website [1].

Funding for the next generation of researchers

“We are thrilled to announce our funding for the next generation of MRC PhD researchers through 17 new UK-wide Doctoral Training Partnership awards. Outstanding research is only possible when we invest in people to conduct that research. Our new awards are student-centred, setting out to increase the diversity of individuals pursuing research careers and providing opportunities for students to widen their horizons during and post-PhD” – Professor Fiona Watt, Executive Chair, MRC