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UEA part of £12m investment into bioscience

UEA is part of a partnership that has this week been awarded £12 million by UK Research and Innovation to train the next generation of bioscientists

The Norwich Research Park Biosciences Doctoral Training Partnership (NRPDTP) will be able to offer at least 32 PhD studentships per year for the next five years, starting in October 2020.

It is one of 12 successful partnerships announced as part of a £170 million award from the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC, a part of UK Research and Innovation).

The John Innes Centre is the lead organisation of the NRPDTP alongside UEA, Quadram Institute Bioscience, Earlham Institute and The Sainsbury Laboratory – all based at Norwich Research Park.

NRPDTP director Professor Dave Evans of the John Innes Centre said: “We are delighted to receive this funding which reflects the important role played by Norwich Research Park and its partners in the UK’s world-leading bioscience sector.”

“This award will enable the delivery of a high-quality doctoral training programme to enable our PhD candidates to gain the attributes required for the highly-skilled workforce of the future.”

DTPs will offer four-year PhD studentships during which each student also undertakes a 3-month Professional Internships for PhD Students (PIPS) placement to develop their skills further and to explore possible future career directions. Projects for October 2020 intake are now being advertised.

Professor Fiona Lettice, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation), at UEA said: “The NRPDTP is an exciting opportunity for us to bring together world-class expertise from across the Norwich Research Park to enable the next generation of scientists to work on novel bioscience research projects, to create new knowledge within their discipline, and to work with our Associate Partners to develop innovative solutions and make an impact within these organisations and beyond.”

Associate Partners of the successful bid are: Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals; Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew; Food Standards Agency; Public Health England; IBM Research UK; Biosciences Eastern and Central Africa – ILRI Hub; The Forum Trust; The Saw Trust; Agri-Tech East; Anglia Innovation Partnership and New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership.