EPSRC CDT Project Application Call - OPEN for Intake 2020


Deadline for applications – 20th September

Applications are invited from prospective supervisors for linked MRes/PhD projects for the October 2020 intake of students to the EPSRC CDT in Next Generation Synthesis and Reaction Technology. The CDT runs the studentship programme as an integrated (1+3) package, where students will be required to undertake the MRes in Advanced Molecular Synthesis and progress (if suitable) to a PhD.

To apply, please download or find the EPSRC CDT React Application Form and Guidelines

Please note key details and dates for this call below.

  • Please refer to the EPSRC Studentship Proposal Application guidelines on page 4 before completing the application
  • The CDT aims to operate on a transparent process for project selection; applications will only qualify if they fit the CDT remit and this will be filtered by the CDT directors before being disseminated to interested Industrial Advisory Board members who may wish to fully or co-fund some projects with CDT. The remaining projects are then circulated back to the consortium for scoring (applicants to omit scoring their own) and they will be scored on the basis of the project’s assessed component (Science, Innovation, Multidisciplinary, Synergy, Feasibility and Impact). Decision by 18th October

The specific remit of the CDT is to educate a critical mass of researchers with the ability to collect data using automated, high-throughput reaction platforms, and to apply quantitative and statistical approaches to data analysis and utilisation, thus increasing the resilience of the UK’s workforce and the productivity of its chemistry-reliant industries.

  • Advertisements for successful projects to be placed on various channels by late October 2019 - Successful project supervisors may be requested to provide a lay description of the project
  • Student application deadline - January 2020 and shortlisted students to be meet with potential supervisors and interviewed by the CDT Directors and matched to one of their top three projects depending on their suitability by March 2020

Sandpit and Information Event – 9th of September


We hope the Sandpit event will be helpful for potential applicants to network and strengthen their applications. The CDT Directors will provide more information on the number of studentships available, selection procedure and aligning other funding opportunities at the event. We have extended invitations to our External and Industry Advisory Board members (some will be presenting on the day).

Should you wish to pitch project ideas at the event, there will be time allocated for an open informal ‘Dragons Den’ style presentations.

ATTENDEES: Please send a 1 PowerPoint introduction slide and presentation title (only if you'd like to present on your project) to the Programme Manager, Jinata Subba, by the 30th of August.

To those who are unable to attend, we still welcome your participation - please feel free to complete the Sanpit Survey below and/or also send me your introduction slide, with details on your expertise and how you can be reached, by the 30th of August as well. The data captured will help us to tailor discussions held on the 9th of September.

EPSRC CDT - SANDPIT AND INFORMATION EVENT SURVEY HERE