Collaborative training accounts
To date, the main vehicle for funding collaborative postgraduate training in higher education institutions has been through Collaborative Training Accounts (CTAs). There are over 90 accounts, running activities such as engineering doctorates, research assistant industrial secondments, knowledge transfer partnerships, industrial CASE and masters training.
CTAs were funded through calls in 2004 and 2005. Applicants submitted business plans which were assessed by a panel of experts, typically senior industrialists.
CTAs will be finishing in the timeframe of 30 September 2009 to 30 September 2013. The exact date is dependant on the nature of the specific training still being supported. In practice, most / all of the funding originally awarded is likely to be fully allocated for these ongoing activities. However, if you want to run a new collaborative training activity, please check if your research organisation has a CTA. If it does, you should contact you CTA manager to discuss your ideas and whether any unallocated funding remains.