A key focus for the Connected Everything network is skills development for PhD students and Early Career Researchers (ECRs). We believe that the people pipeline is critically important and faces rapid change, particularly in digital manufacturing context. So, we are offering this call to support PhD students and ECRs gain first-hand experience of this changing industrial context through direct Industry / Partner engagement, whether as a virtual or onsite placement.
Awards will be made up to a maximum of £5,000 (funded at 80% fEC) with £30,000 available in the budget. A short application form and subsequent EDI monitoring form must be completed by each applicant. All applicants must demonstrate how their activity will support the Connected Everything themes. Additionally, if this application helps you overcome the impact of the Covid pandemic please let us know how. If successful, each applicant will submit a short summary of the outputs from the funding by July 2022. For example this maybe a poster, film or a short blog on its value, or for a publication its DOI.
Placements can be virtual or onsite up to a maximum of 6 weeks long.
The call for the funding will be from 14 October 2021 with all activity completed and invoiced by 30 June 2022.
Applications will be taken at any point between October 2021 – February 2022 and funding decisions will be made within 6 weeks of the application being received. Should applications be awarded and the total budget is committed before February 2022, then the funding call will be closed.
Expression of Interest for BSI placements (closed on 7 February 2022)
As a partner to Connected Everything, BSI is delighted to offer 4 placements to PhD students and Early Careers Researchers to gain insights into the work of BSI. These placements will support 2 Connected Everything themes – Regulation, Standards & Guidance and Resilient Manufacturing. For more information about BSI go to: https://www.bsigroup.com/en-GB/about-bsi/. You can also watch this short film.
For more information about these specific placements please read to the Expression of Interest information here – Expression of Interest information.
Examples of previous placements
Kartikeya Walia, Post Graduate Researcher, Nottingham Trent University, placement with Pepsico in 2022. Click here for a brief summary of the “Designing and developing a Modular Robotic System” placement.
Dr John Oyekan, University of Sheffield described his placement in Spring 2022 with the Satellite Applications Catapult in this short summary.
View videos of researchers talking about their placement experiences.
Six Early Career Researchers were awarded placements in the first round of funding.