Sponsoring an IDCORE project

The three IDCORE universities are happy to discuss possible research areas for sponsoring through the programme at any time.

At the moment we are particularly interested in projects starting in June 2018 for the Sep 2017 intake of students. The Research Engineers will be matched with the projects in January 2018 and they will begin working for their sponsoring companies in June 2018. The sponsored Research Engineers will remain placed with the companies for the next 39 months, working full-time on either a single research project or on several linked projects.

Before starting their placement the students will have completed the initial taught programme and the sponsoring companies will be involved in matching IDCORE students to their projects.

Consortia (multi-sponsor) projects are encouraged to enable research topics of wide interest to be addressed. Proposals are expected to fit with the vision of the IDC as well as with the needs of the industrial sponsor.


  • Significant leverage on research investment
  • Involvement in Research Engineer recruitment
  • High quality researchers dedicated to your organisation's research
  • Opportunity to guide Research Engineer training
  • Participation in IDCORE activities such as the Interdisciplinary Group Project and the annual assembly/company day.
  • Added value through interaction with other IDCORE Research Engineers and their sponsors
  • Opportunities to coordinate research efforts across the sector
  • Collaborating with leading academic researchers and institutions
  • Access to world class research facilities
  • A high profile national programme.


All projects will be covered by an Engineering Doctorate Research Agreement between the Research Engineer, IDCORE academic partners and the sponsoring company. It is expected that the Research Engineer will assign the IP to the hosting company and should the IP be successfully commercialised by the sponsor, the Research Engineer will be suitably compensated.The agreement will also include confidentiality obligations (NDA).

Cost & Requirements

Specific funding requirements will be project specific and should be discussed with the academic partner supervising the work. However, a minimum contribution of £40k per Research Engineer (over three years) is requested from project sponsors who are not members of the ETI. Fully funded projects where the sponsor covers the full cost of the student's fees & stipend as well as the incidental costs of the research are welcome.

Sponsoring companies need to provide the Research Engineer with a place to work and with day-to-day industrial supervision to support the academic supervision provided by the partner Universities.

Further Information

If you would like further information, or would like to discuss possible project areas, please contact either david.ingram@ed.ac.uk, IDCORE Programme Director, or atilla.incecik@strath.ac.uk, IDCORE Research Manager.

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