This is an EPSRC-sponsored doctoral research and training programme. You combine a research project based in industry with a Masters-level training and development programme.
The Engineering Doctorate in Formulation Engineeringwas established in 2001 with a £ 4.5 million grant from the EPSRC and to date has recruited 79 students (65 EngD students or Research Engineers and 14 MRes students).
In September 2009 the Centre was re-funded with a second EPSRC grant of £ 5.5 million to fund an Industrial Doctorate Centre with a further 50 studentships.
The current level of direct industrial support is over £2.5 million with in-kind industrial contributions of approximately £40,000 p.a. per student. Since Sept 2009 seven new Eng.D. projects have started. The scheme currently has 37 registered Research Engineers and 10 one year M.Res. students (three of whom are supporting themselves)
Twenty-three different companies have sponsored projects to date ranging from blue chip multinationals such as Unilever, Rolls Royce, Cargill, Johnson Matthey, Imerys and Procter & Gamble to SMEs such as Green Biodiesel, Tornex and Mast Carbon; see Table 1 for a breakdown of companies involved.
The scheme is now pushing into Europe with projects based in Unilever in the Netherlands and BASF in Germany. Additionally, we are currently in discussions with many other companies to create new projects, in particular Akzo Nobel, Syngenta, Nestle, Pepsico, Kraft and Tarmac.