Bio-researchers of the future get £22.5m boost

The next generation of researchers in bioscience have received a £22.5m investment from UK government. The Collaborative Training Partnerships (CTP) scheme run by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) will address skills gaps in the UK bioscience industry through doctoral training led by businesses. The collaborative partnerships will work across the council’s strategic priorities areas such as Net Zero+, Tackling Infections, Transformative Technologies and more.

The 225 studentships, in partnership with academia and industry, span a diverse range of businesses and academic research organisations including Oxford Biomedica, Unilever, Proctor & Gamble and now Boots and No7 Beauty Co. The four-year studentships will be delivered over the period 2022-28 with £22.5m of funding from BBSRC, and more than £14m cash and in-kind co-investment from industry partners.

BBSRC executive chair, Professor Melanie Welham said:

“With the awards we have announced today BBSRC underlines its commitment to work with industry to support the next generation of bioscience researchers.”

The grant holders were awarded against criteria including:

  • building doctoral capacity across sectors and industries of the UK bioeconomy
  • developing enterprising candidates with specialist research and transferable skills for modern bioscience and the wider economy
  • building an inclusive and supportive environment for candidates

For No7 Beauty Company and Boots it means that 15 4 year PhD student partnerships will be funded over 6 years, starting from Autumn 2022. 

Commenting on this exciting announcement Dr Mike Bell, Head of Science Research said:

“We’re honoured to be partnering with the BBSRC on this exciting initiative that will help doctoral scientists develop both their business acumen and research skills. Achieving better skin health can lead to healthier and happier lives and this program will develop the next generation of scientists with the necessary skills to support the UK skincare industry in helping customers care for their skin”.