Information for partners and supervisors
Each project is designed to meet a partner’s needs, through work done by a dedicated student at MPhil, research master's or PhD level, supervised by an academic team at the University.
Further benefits of participation include:
- a route to attract, develop and retain new researchers into the business, with relevant skills
- establishing and building on-going links with University staff, facilities and expertise
- the low cost of participation
- positive marketing, publicity and promotional opportunities.
Partners must have a base in the relevant region of Wales in order to strengthen on-going benefit to that region. This does not have to be a head-quarters. Priority is given to private sector organisations (Micro Enterprises; Small to Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs); Large Companies). Third and Public Sector partners will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Partners are asked to make a cash contribution of £5,500 - £7,000 per year (excluding VAT, depending on company size and start date of the project). Intellectual property arising from the project must be owned by the University. Licences to IPR are subject to further negotiation. Students will spend at least 30 days a year with the partner.
KESS2 may not be appropriate for every business. You could also consider one of our other funded schemes such as Knowledge Transfer Partnerships.
How to apply
No further PhD places are available for East and West Wales.
East and West MPhil and MRes applications can be submitted at any time. Priority will be given to MRes and MPhil proposals with micro-companies, SMEs, charitable organisations and large sector partners.
Priority will be given to private sector partners and partners who have not previously received KESS2 funding.
Academic supervisors must liaise with their School PGR/Research offices when preparing applications – applications should be submitted via the School office to the Doctoral Academy at Doctoral-Academy@cardiff.ac.uk with School approval.
Please contact the KESS2 administrative team at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss your ideas before developing a full proposal.
Finance and Compliance Project Officer
Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS) is a pan-Wales higher level skills initiative led by Bangor University on behalf of the Higher Education sector in Wales. It is part-funded by the Welsh Government’s European Social Fund (ESF).