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Doctoral Antimicrobial Research Training MRC iCASE Programme

Members of the Norwich Research Park (NRP) have launched the DART iCASE programme, funded by the MRC for studentships in partnership with non-academic partners.

iCASE studentships:

  • Provide students with experience of collaborative research with a non‐academic partner.
  • Strengthen and develop collaboration and partnerships between research organisations and non‐academic partner organisations.
  • Offer outstanding students an experience of at least two distinct research cultures.
  • Provide access to a wider-than-usual range of technology, facilities and expertise.
  • Enable the student to spend a period of time with the non-academic partner.

DART MRC iCASE studentships are funded for 3.5 years: they provide a stipend to the student at the standard UKRI rate for each year, tuition fees, and an RTSG (Research Training Support Grant) allowance to cover both academic lab expenses and travel and accommodation costs for conference attendance.
All iCASE students will be required to spend a minimum of 3 months (maximum 18 months) working with the project’s non-academic partner. The timing of the placement may be in one single block or variable periods spread out over time as best suits the project.
Projects must contribute to the prevention or improved treatment of infectious diseases, and collaborations with a wide range of companies and organisations will be supported:

  • small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)
  • companies within the local area or which have specialist technical expertise
  • national and multinational companies (with a UK base).

In exceptional cases, organisations based overseas may be eligible, but only where they can provide the student with an opportunity to gain skills not currently available in the UK.


Partner Contributions


The non-academic partner must make a specific, identifiable contribution to the research training of the student. In addition, non-academic partners must meet:

1. All costs associated with the placement and visits to the company/non-academic partner.
2. An annual cash contribution to the academic partner towards the cost of the project of at least £1400 per annum, for the period during which research data are being collected and analysed – a minimum of 80% of the approved length of the studentship (not required for SMEs; see below).
3. A mandatory cash payment of at least £2500 per annum as a supplement to the stipend for the entire length of the studentship award (not required for SMEs; see below).

SMEs are not required to the make contributions listed under points 2 and 3, as these will be met by the MRC programme (SMEs are companies that meet the definition included in Recommendation 1996/280/EC of an SME i.e.: The enterprise must have a staff headcount of less than 250; The enterprise must have a turnover not exceeding €50m and/or a balance sheet total not exceeding €43m).
For further information on developing a project proposal, please contact: Dr Karen Smith, Relationship Manager Medical & Life Sciences — Karen.L.Smith@uea.ac.uk