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 – 18 February 2022 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.

Call document (PDF)
Application form (Word)

Examples of previous placements

A total of eight placements awarded in Connected Everything I.  Recipients of Awards include Elizabeth Argyle, for a placement with Rolls Royce Plc, and Sonia Cisneros-Cabrera who will visit both Graz University of Technology, Austria and Aalto University School of Business, Finland.

View videos of researchers talking about their placement experiences.

Elizabeth Argyle
Dr Elizabeth Argyle
Sonia Cisneros-Cabrera
Sonia Cisneros-Cabrera

Six Early Career Researchers were awarded placements in the first round of funding.

Oliver Fisher
Nikolai Kazantsev
Dr Ying Liu
Dr Donato Masi
Dr Aparajithan Sivanathan
Dr Chris Turner