The IBME can fund two years of the four year programme at UKRC rates where matching funds are found UCL academic supervisors. Match funds must not come from UKRC sources.
This funding is offered internally to UCL supervisors (who may work in conjunction with external partners) with research project ideas fitting remit. The successful projects will then be advertised to prospective students on our Doctoral training programme: for students page. Prospective students are not eligible to apply directly for this funding.
CALL FOR HALF STUDENTSHIPS
The UCL IBME Enterprise Academy gives Postgraduate students an appreciation of the value and place of enterprise and entrepreneurship in the development and translation of Medical Technologies. The Academy’s vision is to cultivate a cross-faculty cohort of entrepreneurial researchers motivated to engage in entrepreneurship either during their graduate training or early academic or clinical careers.
The Academy offers a 4 year Doctoral Training Scheme with the first year comprising an MRes in Medical Technology Entrepreneurship, which combines both research relevant technical modules from across UCL and enterprise and entrepreneurship training along with a short research project.
The Enterprise Academy has funding to develop the ethos of MedTech entrepreneurship in the form of ten match-funded 4 year PhD studentships payable at the current UKRC level. The funding is conditional on the supervisor(s) providing HALF FUNDING (two years) for tuition fees and stipend, and ALL expenses for equipment, consumables and travel. Therefore the minimum supervisor funding is £45k. The match funding may come from an industrial partner, charity or discretionary fund, but cannot be from existing EPSRC or UCL Impact awards. The students will complete the MRes in Medical Technology Entrepreneurship in their first year before moving onto their PhD research. However, their MRes research project may be carried out in the same research group as their PhD will be in.
Projects appropriate for this call will have clear translation potential, and/or any studentship candidate will demonstrate entrepreneurial motivation. Cross-faculty and department collaboration is also strongly encouraged with demonstrable clinical and patient need being an especially important factor.
Criteria for selection
- Proposals must fall within the remit of Medical Technologies. Medical Technology is defined as non-pharmaceutical healthcare innovations, and includes elements such as stem cells and tissue engineering, embedded devices and prosthetics, diagnostics and monitoring systems, through to assistive solutions and e-health.
- We strongly support applications where supervisors are based in different departments and faculties.
- Proposals must demonstrate a project with strong translational potential in the Biomedical Engineering domain and preferably involve an entrepreneurial candidate.
- The Academy will provide HALF of a 4 year studentship at the RCUK standard rate. Eligible proposals must demonstrate a match-fund commitment and any extraordinary costs will be charged to the match-funder.
- Match funds may not be drawn from UCL’s EPSRC DTG or Impact Studentships.
- It is expected that where match-funding is drawn from a commercial or industrial source, rights of foreground intellectual property must be set out clearly in any proposals and will be expected to have been agreed by all parties before the student starts.
- Enterprise Academy studentships will only support students at the Home/EU fees rate. For overseas students, any difference in fees must be met by the matching funds/supervisor.
Proposals: proposals are invited on the strength of a promising applied project in Medical Technologies and/or a suitable entrepreneurial candidate. Cases for support should be up to two sides of A4 (minimum 11 pt font, 1cm margins). They should contain:
- a description of the research question and proposed project;
- an overview of potential translational impact emanating from the project;
- a clear statement of the source of additional funding (min £45k) and any constraints put on the project by the funder (e.g. intellectual property ownership).
- a summary of the track record of the supervisor(s) including the current number of students and completion times over the past 5 years;
If a prospective student is being nominated, their CV must also be appended.
Written confirmation of match funding and approval of the studentship by the head of the host department will be sought for successful applications before award of the studentship.