Date of release: Monday, September 3, 2018

The University of Greenwich will be providing more opportunities at doctoral level for students following a multi-million euro award from the European Union.

The project, led by the University Alliance as part of their Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA), has received funding from the EU's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 801604.

The funding will enable student mobility and integrate the DTA's three disciplinary areas across applied biosciences for health, energy and social policy.

It will create more than 80 fellowships at 15 participating institutions, including Greenwich, developing a cohort of early-stage researchers over two intakes. 

The University of Greenwich will be providing four doctoral opportunities to undertake projects in these fields.

Dr Javier Bonet, Deputy Vice Chancellor and DTA lead at the University of Greenwich said: "This is an excellent opportunity to develop a cohort of internationally-connected researchers with the skills and experience to meet key needs in the healthcare and clean energy sectors.

"I am delighted that the University of Greenwich is involved in this programme and look forward to welcoming our new doctoral students once they are in post."

To qualify to apply, applicants will need to be 'early-stage researchers' (i.e. in the first four years of their research careers and not have a doctoral degree); not have been resident, nor carried out their main activity, in the UK for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before taking up a DTA3 opportunity and not already be permanently employed by the organisation where the DTA3 opportunity will take place.

University Alliance's successful bid was the only winning British entry in the funding round, out of five UK-based applications, and is one of eight programmes across Europe to win support narrowed down from 29 bidders. It scored the highest out of any successful bid in the 'impact', 'excellence' and 'quality and efficiency' judging categories. 

Commenting, University Alliance Chair Professor John Latham said: "This major external funding award is a prestigious a stamp of approval for University Alliance's Doctoral Training Alliance (DTA) model and demonstrates its distinctiveness and strengths.

"The DTA programme responds to the needs of industry and the challenges facing society, training independent, highly-employable researchers with relevant skills and expertise to thrive in strategically important sectors.  The success of our proposal reflects that. 

"As the DTA – the UK's largest multi-institution partnership of its kind – goes from strength to strength, it is fantastic that this funding will enable the programme to attract talent from overseas and operate internationally. The opportunities being created will add to UK research and innovation ecosystem and help us stay competitive."

The new opportunities created through the programme are advertised at https://unialliance.ac.uk/dta/cofund/.

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