Driving innovation and collaborating with industry remains at the heart of MRC strategy and delivery plans.

iCASE objectives

  • Provide students with experience of collaborative research with a non‐academic partner.
  • Strengthen and develop collaboration and partnerships between ROs 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 (usually no less than three months over the lifetime of the PhD).

Universities in receipt of an MRC Doctoral Training Partnership have the flexibility to convert DTP studentships into iCASE studentships, if appropriate for the project, partners and student.

The MRC QIBIOMED PhD programme supports Industrial Collaborative Awards in Science and Engineering (iCASE) studentships. This can involve large multinational companies or small and medium sized enterprises (SME).  These awards provide funding for 3.5 years on a specific research project that is of interest to an academic supervisor and the industrial partner. The student benefits from a placement of not less than three months at the company and so gains direct experience of an industrial workplace.