WRDTP Collaborative Awards 2018/19

WRDTP ESRC Collaborative Awards 2018/19:  Guidance Notes for academic colleagues submitting a project proposal to the WRDTP

WRDTP ESRC Collaborative awards (13 awards, 100% funded)

The WRDTP Collaborative Awards Scheme aims to ensure that at least 30% of studentships are linked to partners in the private, public or third sectors.  These links do not have to involve funding and could be internships, placements or other forms of meaningful collaboration.

This means that our 13 Collaborative Awards which we have made available for competitive bids from departments do not need to have secured financial support from an external body, but must at least show strong evidence of a real partnership with that body. Nevertheless, we expect that the project partner will meet any travel, subsistence and accommodation costs incurred by the student associated with visits made to the non-academic organisation.

Applications that include additional financial support will be especially welcomed. 

Process and timeframe

The timeframe for handling these particular awards is different from the other awards given differences in the approval process. We are inviting academic units to submit project proposals to the WRDTP Academic Quality Committee (AQC) via the WRDTP Office by 12:00 noon 8 December 2017 using this WRDTP Collaborative and Network Award – Development Workshops google form. A letter/email from the partner indicating their support for the collaboration is also required.

The Academic Quality Committee (AQC) will then determine which are to be supported, with the successful School/Department notified of the outcome by the end of January 2018. These awards can then be advertised via the relevant University/School/Department website for student applications, with a deadline to be set internally by the relevant unit.  The Schools/Departments will then relay to the AQC via the WRDTP Office their preferred candidates for final approval by April 4, 12:00 noon 2018.

The following table summarises the process timelines for the following 2018/19 competitions:

Collaborative Awards

  Date Who Process
1. July 2017 DTP Office DTP announces 2018/19 Studentship Competition
2. Late Autumn 2017 HEIs HEI systems go live for applications
3. 9 – 19 October 2017 Academic colleagues Development Workshops* for new Collaborative and Network Award proposals (see workshop timings below)
4. 12:00hrs, 8 December 2017 Units of Delivery (Depts/Schools) Deadline for Proposal Forms to be completed
5. 18 January 2018 AQC AQC Moderation panel meets
6. w/c 22 January 2018 DTP Office Collaborative and Network Awards announced
7. Date tbc Academic colleagues Successful Collaborative/Network Award holders set own local deadline and advertise studentships, shortlist and interview
8. 12:00hrs, 4 April 2018 Scholarship/Administrative Officers DTP student Nomination Forms and Application Packs completed/submitted to DTP Office for quality assurance checking and assessment
9. End of April 2018 or asap after that date Scholarship/Administrative Officers Applicants notified of result


Development Workshops for new Collaborative Award proposals

Academic colleagues who are interested in developing a proposal for the Network and/or Collaborative Awards competitions are invited to attend a workshop session at their home university:

  • 10:00-12:00 noon, 9 October 2017, University of Sheffield, ICoSS Boardroom
  • 2:00-4:00pm, 9 October 2017, Sheffield Hallam University, Meeting Room 12.1.01, Charles Steet
  • 11:00-1:00pm, 10 October 2017, University of York, Boardroom, Research Centre for Social Sciences
  • 11:00-1:00pm, 12 October 2017, Bradford University, Room TSO.26, Titus Building
  • 10:30-12:30pm, 16 October 2017, Manchester Metropolitan University, Room 2.38, Brooks Building
  • 1:00-3:00 pm, 17 October 2017, University of Hull (venue tba)
  • 2:00-4:00 pm, 19 October 2017, University of Leeds (venue tba)

Assessment Criteria

Proposals will be assessed by the WRDTP Academic Quality Committee using the following criteria:

  • Collaborative excellence: the extent and nature of interaction with the non-academic partner organisation
  • Strategic excellence: added value to the DTP, broadening and deepening the range and quality of partnership engagements
  • Project excellence: significance, originality, how this will contribute to knowledge
  • Pathway excellence: fit with, and development of, pathway research strategy
  • Training excellence: the appropriateness and quality of the training provided

See also: ESRC Collaborative Awards Studentships good practice guide

If you have any queries contact Nicola Reilly, WRDTP Manager, at n.reilly@sheffield.ac.uk or telephone 0114 222 6060.