MRC DiMeN DTP studentships: Project expression of interest form
Complete this form to submit a PhD project for consideration within the MRC Discovery Medicine North (DiMeN) Doctoral Training Partnership. Projects will commence on 1st October 2020 and must be designed for completion within the 3.5 year funded period.

Please read the guidelines, including eligibility criteria and project selection process, on the DiMeN website before completing this form. http://www.dimen.org.uk/for-supervisors/call-for-projects

Deadline to apply is 30th September 2019.

If you have any queries please contact the DiMeN DTP Manager, Dr Emily Goodall (dimen.dtp@sheffield.ac.uk)

Project title (25 words only) *
DiMeN is very proud of our student-centred ethos and prioritises student choice within our selection process, please be aware students will be asked to select up to three PhD projects upon application to the DiMeN DTP. In our experience, engaging and informative project titles are particularly important in helping students make their decision.
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Project description (Maximum 400 words) *
Please highlight the scientific excellence of the proposed project and succinctly describe it using the headings: Background, Objectives, Novelty, Timeliness, Experimental Approach. This abstract will be viewed by the academic panel to review your application, blinded to your name and host institution. Please do not refer to any supervisors by name, but instead use 'primary supervisor', 'secondary supervisor' etc as appropriate. If selected, we will requested a revised, student-facing version for advertising purposes.
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Describe how this project aligns with MRC research and innovation priorities (Maximum 150 words) *
Alignment to MRC strategic priority areas is a key assessment category for DiMeN DTP projects. https://www.ukri.org/files/about/dps/mrc-dp-2019/. Please do not refer to supervisors by name, but instead use 'primary supervisor' etc as appropriate.
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Briefly describe how this project aligns with DiMeN research areas (Maximum 100 words) *
Alignment to DiMeN research area is a key assessment category, these can be found on our website: http://www.dimen.org.uk/overview/research-areas. Please do not refer to supervisors by name, but instead use 'primary supervisor' etc as appropriate.
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Describe how you will use this MRC studentship to add value to work already on-going in your group (Maximum 100 words) *
Please do not refer to supervisors by name, but instead use 'primary supervisor', 'secondary supervisor' etc as appropriate.
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Does the project have a non-academic partner? *
Projects with industry links and collaborations are prioritised. The academic panel are actively seeking projects for iCASE awards or with the potential for CASE conversion within the first 12 months. Please see the MRC website for more details: https://mrc.ukri.org/skills-careers/studentships/how-we-fund-studentships/industrial-case-studentships/ and be aware that formal letters of support from non-academic partners will be requested if your collaborative project is shortlisted for advertisement to students.
Non-academic partner: Company name, key contact person and short statement outlining their contribution to this studentship
Maximum 50 words: Please briefly outline all contributions types (financial, practical, training, resources etc.) that will be provided by your non-academic partner to add value to the student experience.
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Describe how this project will deliver training in MRC Strategic Skills Priority areas (Maximum 100 words) *
Quality and targeted training for PhD students is at the core of the DiMeN DTP. This is an area of assessment for the academic panel, more information on priority skill areas can be found: http://www.mrc.ac.uk/documents/pdf/mrc-strategic-skill-priorities/. Please do not refer to supervisors by name, but instead use 'primary supervisor', 'secondary supervisor' etc as appropriate.
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How can you contribute to the training of students within the DiMeN DTP? *
One of the DiMeN DTP's key strategic strengths is the training available to our students across four large, research intensive institutional partners. If you already contribute to wider student training, please indicate whether this training could be delivered to the MRC DTP cohort. Please also include any training or expertise you are willing to share with students from across our partnership. Please do not refer to supervisors by name, but instead use 'primary supervisor', 'secondary supervisor' etc as appropriate.
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Source of match funding
All DiMeN DTP scholarships are 50% match funded, we have agreements in place with each partner university to provide this funding. However, alternative sources of match funding, for example from an industrial partner, would be welcomed and considered by the panel. Please be aware DiMeN only recruit home or EU students.
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Primary supervisor career status *
We are especially keen to identify supervisors who are Intermediate Fellows (e.g. Sir Henry Dale Fellowship (SHDF), MRC Clinician Scientist Fellowship etc.). Junior Fellows will be expected to have included a more senior academic in their supervisory team (e.g. as Secondary Supervisors).
Primary Supervisor: Relevant publications *
Please indicate THREE papers you have authored related to this project. Please use the format: Journal (Year) vol:page. e.g. Nat Neurosci (2014) 8:518; Br Med Bull (2013) 105:69; Free Radic Biol Med (2012) 10:749. Please ensure that all three refs are written on one line (ie are not separated by Return characters). DO NOT include author names. Entries that do not follow this format will be rejected.
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Primary Supervisor: Number of current and completed PGR students *
Please indicate the number of current and successfully completed PhD students you are/have supervised to date.
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Primary Supervisor: Describe your current funding awards, which will be active when the student starts in October 2020 *
Please identify your current and active research funding sources, the type of funding (eg, Fellowship, programme grant) and the amount of funding achieved.
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Secondary supervisor career status *
Second Supervisor: Relevant publications *
Please indicate THREE papers you have authored related to this project. Please use the format: Journal (Year) vol:page. e.g. Nat Neurosci (2014) 8:518; Br Med Bull (2013) 105:69; Free Radic Biol Med (2012) 10:749. Please ensure that all three refs are written on one line (ie are not separated by Return characters). DO NOT include author names. Entries that do not follow this format will be rejected.
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Second Supervisor: Number of current and completed PGR students *
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Second Supervisor status: Describe your current funding awards, which will be active when the student starts in October 2020
Please identify your current and active research funding sources, the type of funding (eg, Fellowship, programme grant) and the amount of funding achieved.
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Please provide career status, PGR supervisor experience and main grant income information for any additional supervisory team members.
Please do not refer to supervisors by name, but instead use 'third supervisor', 'fourth supervisor' etc as appropriate.
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