EPSRC Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTP)

Allocation process

EPSRC DTPs represent significant investments in doctoral training. The purpose of the EPSRC DTP is to align part of our training investment with the underpinning EPS research that our Council supports.

The funding is allocated to UK universities with significant EPSRC research activity, by means of an algorithm. The following arrangements apply:

  • DTP funding is allocated every other year (for example, the DTPs starting in 2016 are for students starting in both 2016/17 and 2017/18 academic years).
  • The algorithm is based on a comprehensive profile of EPSRC research funding, awarded competitively from EPSRC’s core resource baseline. Exclusions that arise from this principle are:
    • Non-completely won grants;
    • Capital funding;
    • National facilities funding;
    • Training grants;
    • Grants awarded on behalf of UKRI;
    • Non-core funding.
  • A snapshot of live grants is taken on 01 April of the allocation year.
  • The pro rata grant resource value is used i.e. the outstanding resource funding based on the remaining duration. This ensures the DTP allocation reflects the forward-looking grant portfolio and smooths the variation caused by large grants being awarded in the past,
  • The total portfolio value for an institution is determined based on the lead applicant’s affiliation.
  • Considering the total eligible research funding that has been awarded, the institutional proportion of this is calculated. This proportion, applied to the DTP budget available, gives a preliminary DTP allocation for that institution.
  • A minimum DTP grant size is applied. Any preliminary allocation below this is redistributed amongst the remaining institutions.
    • This ensures multiple EPSRC students can be supported each year.
    • The grant value must also be sufficient to justify the overheads for the universities in meeting our requirements regarding both strategic documents as part of the DTP assurance process and the monitoring/reporting of students.
    • The exact minimum grant value will vary with each allocation year as it takes account of studentship cost increases e.g. stipends.
  • We do not limit the number of institutions who can receive a DTP allocation. The number we support is determined by the number above the cut-off. As such, it is influenced by the distribution of research funding across institutions.
  • Institutions that are to be allocated a DTP award are required to provide a Statement of Intent.
    • This documentation provides information about the strategy the university will employ in distributing and managing the funds.
    • These documents are considered by a panel of experts and DTP awards are only released if the Statements of Intent meet the criteria for this assurance stage.

Universities in receipt of a DTP determine the distribution of this studentship funding within the university. They may make use of flexibility in DTP funding to support Vacation Bursaries and Doctoral Prizes.