EPSRC runs its largest ever peer review exercise

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CDT panel sat at table going over details and paper work

Last week over 500 of the UK's top scientists and engineers presented proposals to host Centres for Doctoral Training at their universities. They were interviewed over a two day period at the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, (EPSRC), headquarters in Swindon.

£350 million is being committed by EPSRC to support between 70-80 Centres for Doctoral Training across the UK. The funding in each successful Centre will support at least 50 Doctoral level students over nine years.

Sir Keith Burnett, who oversaw the interview process, commented: It's inspiring to see what the engineering and physical sciences community in the UK has to offer. We would like to thank everyone who took part and helped to make this the biggest single peer review exercise EPSRC has ever undertaken.

It's remarkable that so many people were able to come together to discuss the future issues and opportunities around post-graduate training in this way.

EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training are based in universities and focus on major research challenges, and the UK’s most important sectors, key technologies and most competitive future markets including aerospace, pharmaceuticals, healthcare technologies, automotive, digital, energy and construction.

PhD students in Centres for Doctoral Training develop strong research skills, gaining both depth and breadth of knowledge. They will have opportunities to undertake multi-disciplinary and collaborative research, with peer to peer learning.

Proposals were examined by 95 panel members from universities, business and overseas across 16 panels. David Delpy, Chief Executive, EPSRC said: We would like to thank all of the panel members for their hard work helping EPSRC carry out this process. Their commitment and diligence was impressive. The positive spirit that pervaded the whole process is most gratifying.

The results from the panels will be announced at a press launch later in November 2013.

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