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5 February, 2019 - 10:45 By Kate Sweeney

Government funds new Cambridge centres for doctoral training

The University of Cambridge has received a further significant boost through new government and industrial funding to support at least 350 PhD students over the next eight years, via the creation of new Centres for Doctoral Training (CDTs).

The funding, from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council and industrial and institutional partners, will support the establishment of five new CDTs at Cambridge. The university will be a partner institution in an additional four new CDTs. 

In total, EPSRC is supporting 75 new CDTs across the UK, representing a total investment of £446 million. 

The Centres’ 1,400 project partners have contributed £386 million in cash and in-kind support, and include companies such as Tata Steel and Procter and Gamble and charities such as Cancer Research UK. 

The five Cambridge-led CDTs are:-

  • CDT in Future Propulsion and Power, led by Dr Graham Pullan (Department of Engineering)
  • CDT in Integrated Functional Nano (i4Nano), led by Professor Jeremy Baumberg (Department of Physics)
  • CDT in Future Infrastructure and Built Environment: Resilience in a Changing World (FIBE2), led by Professor Abir Al-Tabbaa (Department of Engineering)
  • CDT in Sensor Technologies for a Healthy and Sustainable Future, led by Professor Clemens Kaminski (Department of Chemical Engineering and Biotechnology)
  • CDT in Automated Chemical Synthesis Enabled by Digital Molecular Technologies, led by Professor Matthew Gaunt (Department of Chemistry)

The first cohort of students in the new CDTs will begin their studies in October.

Professor Lynn Gladden, EPSRC’s executive chair, said: “The UK’s research base makes the discoveries that lead to innovations and these can improve lives and generate income for the UK. Centres for Doctoral Training have already proven to be successful in attracting the world’s brightest minds and industry support to address the scientific and engineering challenges we face. This new cadre will continue to build on previous investment.”

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