WRDTP Network Awards 2018/19

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

WRDTP ESRC Network Awards (1x network, 100% funded, ie. 3 studentships)

The DTP is offering one new White Rose Network which is thematic and challenge focused.  Preference will be given to proposals linked to the ESRC research priorities, as identified in ESRC Delivery Plan 2016-20 (Productivity, Understanding the macro-economy, Mental Health and Wellbeing, Housing, Ways of Being in a Digital Age ), though other research areas will be considered.

The Networks will be fully funded by the WRDTP (with co-funding from the White Rose University Consortium), though there MUST also be collaboration with an external partner (private sector, public sector or civil society/third sector etc).

Each studentship is distributed, bilateral and involves two supervisors – a principal supervisor per White Rose institution (Leeds, Sheffield University, York) and the co-supervisor at the partner institution. Each Network therefore consists of six academics and three PhD students. One academic (either principal or co-supervisor) will act as a Network leader.

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:

Network Awards (Leeds, Sheffield, York only)

  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 Network 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:

  • Network excellence: significance, originality, and coherence of the proposed network and three research project(s)
  • Pathway excellence: fit with, and development of, pathway research strategy
  • Training excellence: the appropriateness and quality of the training provided
  • Collaborative excellence: collaboration with a non-academic partner and the extent and nature of interaction with other networks and stakeholders
  • Sustainability excellence: Potential for engagement/impact/future funding

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