Funding announced to support bioscience scientists of the future

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

DTP funding announcement for Oxford Brookes

Oxford Brookes University has received funding for 10 new PhD researchers over five years as part of an announcement by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

As part of £170 million in national funding, the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience Doctoral Training Partnership’s (DTP) share will be over £14 million, with match funding by partner organisations and industry to bring the total investment in the partnership to over £20 million.

I look forward to welcoming our new PhD students and seeing the exciting research they will undertake over the coming years.

Professor Dave Carter, Researcher and DTP Coordinator at Oxford Brookes

This represents the third phase of BBSRC funding for Oxford’s Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP programme, an innovative DPhil/PhD programme that aims to equip a new generation of researchers with the skills, insight and knowledge needed to tackle the most important challenges in bioscience research, and develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future.

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP is led by the University of Oxford, in partnership with eight world-class research organisations. Six of these collaborations - including Oxford Brookes University, The Pirbright Institute, Diamond Light Source, ISIS Neutron and Muon Source, STFC Central Laser Facility and the Research Complex at Harwell - continue the successful partnership established in the second phase of DTP funding. 

For the third phase two new organisations have joined the partnership: the Novo Nordisk Research Centre Oxford (NNRCO), an innovative target discovery and translational research institute which opened in Oxford in 2017; and the Rosalind Franklin Institute, a new national institute based at Harwell dedicated to transforming life science through interdisciplinary research and technology development.

Professor Dave Carter, Researcher and DTP Coordinator at Oxford Brookes, commented: “We are delighted to have received this important funding which will help to support the next generation of researchers who will be equipped with the skills required for 21st century bioscience. 

“The collaboration which takes place as part of this partnership is incredibly important, not only for the young researchers involved, but also in expanding the research projects and opportunities for all involved. I look forward to welcoming our new PhD students and seeing the exciting research they will undertake over the coming years.”

Announcing the DTP award, Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC’s Executive Chair, said: “The success of the UK’s science sector and the consequent benefits to society and the economy relies on great researchers doing great work.

“Our Doctoral Training Partnerships have already supported the training of hundreds of early career scientists working at the cutting edge of biology and biotechnology. By continuing to fund, through this significant £170 million investment, vital training of the next generation of researchers we will help ensure that the UK consolidates its position as a world-leader in this crucial sector.”

A distinctive strength of the Oxford DTP, both in research and training, is in the development and use of transformative technologies for bioscience research, including mathematical, computational and data skills, and the development and application of innovative technologies in areas such as bioimaging, structural biology and biotechnology.

At least 20% of the students joining the programme will undertake projects in collaboration with industrial and non-academic partners. All DTP students will have the opportunity to undertake a 12-week internship in a non-academic setting to develop their professional skills.

The Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience DTP aims to recruit students from the highest quality and widest possible pool of potential candidates, regardless of background, and to provide an environment in which they can flourish and reach their full potential.

To find out more about the range of PhD opportunities at Oxford Brookes, including how to apply, visit the dedicated University webpages

Further information on the DTP can be found on the Oxford Interdisciplinary Bioscience website.