QUADRAT DTP Call for Project Proposals (Cohort 4)
The QUADRAT Doctoral Training Partnership is pleased to announce its fourth call for PhD studentship project proposals for the academic year 2022-23. These are UKRI NERC funded studentships and will commence on 1st October 2022 for a duration of 42 months. To find out more about QUADRAT, please view our recorded engagement session (slides available on request).
We invite Principal Investigators from the four QUADRAT DTP partner schools to submit an application before the deadline of 14:00 on Wednesday 28th July 2021.
Proposals must clearly fall within the NERC Science remit research areas AND fit into at least one of the three QUADRAT Research Themes (Biodiversity, Earth Systems and Environmental Science). We strongly encourage the development of innovative and/or cross-disciplinary proposals across the areas of biological and geo-sciences, and engagement with external organisations.
The QUADRAT DTP aims to meet the challenges associated with the effective management of the natural environment and to influence policy and practice through interactions with our community of partners and stakeholders.
PLEASE NOTE: QUADRAT has requirement for a proportion of projects to be CASE supported. For this round we will therefore be prioritising at least two appointable candidates attached to projects with a guaranteed CASE partner, per school. Lead Supervisors who were awarded a QUADRAT studentship in the last round (October 2021 cohort) are not eligible to lead a project in this round unless the proposed project is CASE supported.
PLEASE NOTE: QUADRAT has requirement for a proportion of projects to be CASE supported. For this round we will therefore be prioritising at least two appointable candidates attached to projects with a guaranteed CASE partner, per school.
Lead Supervisors who were awarded a QUADRAT studentship in the last round (October 2021 cohort) are not eligible to lead a project in this round unless the proposed project is CASE supported.
In order to submit an eligible proposal, please adhere to the below information:
- Proposals must be submitted by the Lead Supervisor.
- Supervisors must be PI’s grade 7 and above. Lead Supervisor’s must be on a minimum of 0.5FTE contract at one of the partner schools.
- You may only submit one application as Lead Supervisor. There are no limits as co-supervisor.
- All projects must be supervised by at least 3 supervisors across the 2 partner institutions:
- The ‘host institution’ will be that of the Principal Supervisor,
- The secondary supervisor should be based at the partner institution,
- The third supervisor should be based at the host institution and should be prepared to become lead supervisor in case of a leave of absence/sickness,
- Additional internal or external supervisors can also be named,
- Please see our academic profiles for developing collaborations, or get in contact with firstname.lastname@example.org or school contacts for suggestions or to be put in touch with relevant colleagues.
- Proposals must clearly fit both the NERC Science remit and at least one of the QUADRAT Research Themes (Biodiversity, Earth Systems and Environmental Science). If this is not clear in your proposal you will be asked for clarification.
- Be creative! We strongly encourage innovative and/or cross-disciplinary proposals.
- Proposals will be reviewed by a panel of four QUADRAT board members to ensure all projects fit the brief,
- If your proposal does not, you will be contacted and given the opportunity to revise your proposal.
A minimum of 25% of all QUADRAT studentships across the duration of the DTP must be CASE supported. Please consider working with a CASE partner where applicable. A list of existing partners and supporters can be found in the below tabs – you are not limited to this list, new partners can be added. Please contact email@example.com with any questions.
Please submit your proposal via this online submission form no later than 14:00 on Wednesday 28th July 2021. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please have a look at the form and prepare your responses in advance – you will not be able to save and return to the form once you have started your submission. Please adhere to the restricted wordcount.
A word document copy of the questions is available upon request from firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon successful submission you will see a confirmation message and will then be redirected to the QUADRAT website.
Please get in touch if you have any technical difficulty with the form.
Submit your proposal here: https://forms.office.com/r/qq26mqGBgf
Below are a selection of key trends within each theme. Proposals are not limited to these, they are only intended as a guide:
|QUADRAT DTP RESEARCH THEMES|
|Environmental Management||Biodiversity||Earth Systems|
|Sustainable fisheries management & production||Conservation of genetic resources||Replenishing vs contaminating effects of extreme rainfall & floods in arid regions|
|Eradication of alien invasive species||Quantifying the nature of species interactions||Geophysical characterisation|
|Monitoring the epidemiology of soil & emerging infective diseases||Quantifying the relationship between biodiversity & ecosystem processes & stability||Trends in lake/river ice phenology & potential climate/economic feedbacks|
|Rewilding||Modelling the effects of environmental change on species distribution & persistence||Investigations of selenium enrichment in shales targeted for fracking|
|Food web & carbon dynamics||identifying the intrinsic and extrinsic processes that shape demography & dynamics of natural populations||Understanding ice flow & crevasse formation through examination of mega-scale lineations & geotechnical modelling|
|Ecotourism impact||Resilience of communities||Genesis of glacial landforms|
|Conflict management||Genetic basis of phenotypic traits|
|Effects of decommissioning||Architecture of food webs|
|Evaluation of ecosystem services|
|Interplay with agriculture|
Projects will be advertised through a custom findaPhD.com webpage and on the QUADRAT DTP website. You will be asked to submit a brief project summary for findaPhD.com. This advert plus any additional relevant information will be advertised on the QUADRAT website, where projects will be laid out in a similar format to our blog.
Projects will also be advertised on institutional and school social media accounts and will be circulated to relevant students within each school. Targeted marketing campaigns will also be underway on Facebook and LinkedIn.
Please support this process by using your own connections and social media to advertise your project as widely as possible. We recommend adding a link to your project or the findaPhD custom page to your email signature.
You will be contacted with more information regarding the application process prior to your project being advertised. Please contact email@example.com if you have any questions.
You will be asked to supply an eye-catching image to represent your project on the QUADRAT website.
|Organisation||CASE / non-CASE||NERC Classification|
|AFBI||CASE eligible||Public sector research establishment|
|JNCC||CASE eligible||Public sector research establishment|
|Forest Research||CASE eligible||Public sector research establishment|
|Marine Scotland Science (MSS)||CASE eligible||Public sector research establishment|
|SEPA||CASE eligible||Public sector research establishment|
|Environment Agency||CASE eligible||Public sector research establishment|
|Zeiss / CarlZeiss Microscopy||CASE eligible|
|Forestry England||CASE eligible|
|The Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR)||CASE eligible|
|Scottish National Heritage (SNH)||CASE eligible|
|Forestry and Land Scotland||CASE eligible|
|Forestry Commission Scotland||CASE eligible|
|The Crown Estate||CASE eligible|
|Aberdeen Harbour Board||CASE eligible|
|Scottish Water||CASE eligible|
|National Collection of Industrial, Food & Marine Bacteria (NCIMB)||CASE eligible|
|NI Water||CASE eligible|
|Ireland Brownfield Network||CASE eligible|
|Mournes Heritage Trust||CASE eligible|
|Shetland UNESCO Global Geopark / Shetland Amenity Trust||CASE eligible|
|Causeway Coast and Glens Heritage Trust||CASE eligible|
|National Biodiversity Data Centre County Waterford, Ireland||CASE eligible|
|The C.B. Dennis British Beekeepers’ Research Trust||CASE eligible|
|Keenan Recycling Ltd||CASE eligible|
|Bioversity International||CASE eligible|
|Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research||CASE eligible|
|Ulster Wildlife||CASE eligible|
|Loughs Agency||CASE eligible|
|Ulster Farmers Union||CASE eligible|
|NI Environment Link||CASE eligible|
|NFU Scotland||CASE eligible|
|Siskin Group / Siskin Asset Management NA||CASE eligible|
|Northern Government Department for the Economy (DFE)||CASE eligible|
|Wildbyte Technologies Ltd||CASE eligible|
|James Hutton Institute||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation|
|Geological Survey NI||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation. Is a DFE office of government – DFE are CASE eligible|
|BGS / BGS Edinburgh||non-CASE||Eligible to receive NERC funding|
|Historic Environment Scotland||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation|
|RSPB NI / Scotland||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation|
|Centre for Ecology and Hydrology||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation|
|National Trust / NI||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation|
|Royal Botanic Gardens – Kew||non-CASE||Independent Research Organisation|
|NOAA Fisheries, Alaskan Fisheries Science Centre||Overseas||See ‘international CASE’ guidance|
|The Polish National Oceanography Institute (IOPAN)||Overseas||See ‘international CASE’ guidance|
|Pacific Seafoods.com||Overseas||See ‘international CASE’ guidance|
|Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar & Marine Research, Germany||Overseas||See ‘international CASE’ guidance|
|MAY||19th||Call for proposals||10 weeks to submit|
|w/c 26th||Deadline: 28th|
|AUGUST||w/c 2nd||Review||Review of projects
CASE partners – review numbers
|w/c 23rd||Preparation||Preparation: Mid-August to mid-September
Find a PhD adverts
|w/c 27th||Launch||Launch in late September 2021|
|OCTOBER||w/c 4th||Advertise||9 weeks advertising
Applications processed throughout and references collected
|w/c 29th||Deadline: 1st||Wednesday 1st Dec midnight deadline|
|DECEMBER||w/c 6th||Application processing|
|w/c 13th||Wed 15th Dec: Deadline for references|
|w/c 20th||Christmas break|
|2022||JANUARY||w/c 3rd||Admin & processing|
|w/c 17th||Assessment & nomination||Supervisors assessing applications
Deadline for nominations: Thursday 20th
|w/c 24th||Nominations to board asap by Wed 26th (1 week to review)|
|w/c 31st||Review: 2nd|
|FEBRUARY||w/c 7th||Interview prep||Interview scheduling Invite to interview (2.5-3 weeks’ notice)|
|w/c 14th||Deadline for presentations: Thursday 17th|
|w/c 21st||Presentations to panel|
|w/c 28th||Interviews||Interviews 28 February-04 March 2022 Informal offers|
|MARCH||w/c 7th||Outcomes||Formal offers|
|w/c 14th||16th: Universal acceptance date|