The Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships KESS2 scheme will partner over 500 businesses with academics and postgraduate research students to develop innovative research projects aimed at driving business growth.
The £36m EU-backed scheme to develop post-graduate research and innovation skills in partnership with small and medium-sized businesses has been announced by the First Minister of Wales Carwyn Jones.
The scheme, which will benefit from £26m of EU funds, will allow over 600 postgraduate students to benefit from opportunities to develop as research professionals as part of Research Masters and PhD programmes funded through the scheme. KESS II will operate in North, West Wales and the South Wales Valleys over the next six years.
The map for the area that is eligible can be found here. Please note the map also illustrates other assisted areas in the UK, however only the West Wales and the Valleys (in blue/grey: noted as 'a' areas) is eligible in this project.
Please read the factsheet below for more information for businesses, companies and organisations:
To be eligible for ESF funding sub projects must adhere to the following criteria:
Be scoped in partnership with a company partner.
Project activity must be in the
convergence region of Wales.
The company partner will have to contribute an annual cash contribution between £3k - £4k +VAT (depending on company size).
Sub projects must fit within one of the WG grand challenge areas : Life Sciences & Health; Low Carbon, Energy & Environment ; ICT & Digital Economy; Advanced Engineering & Materials.
Must lead to a Masters by Research; MRes or PhD qualification.
Must be completed in 3.5 years for PhD; 1year 3 months for Research Masters.
Once proposed sub projects have been approved, a scholarship will be offered.
The scholarship offers the eligible participant (student) :
A monthly stipend in line with RCUK rates : 3 years of funding @ £14,002 per year for PhD; one year funding @ £11,313 for Research Masters.
University tuition fees are waived by Cardiff Metropolitan University,
An opportunity to access a suite of higher level skills training and attendance at a residential KESS Grad School. All participants must complete the KESS Postgraduate Skills Development Award.
A minimum of 30 days a year working with the company partner on their allocated project.
Standard KESS budget for other research project related costs (travel, consumables and equipment).
Student must complete and submit their thesis in 3.5 years for PhD; 1year 3 months for Research Masters.
Applicants should be resident in the
convergence area of Wales on appointment, and should have the right to work in the region on qualification
KESS2 - Application forms for sub projects (Cardiff Met Staff Only)
KESS2 Project Application Form
KESS2 Budget Form (Section C) - Please note this is an un-editable Pdf version, to have access to the Excel editable version please contact
KESS2 Project Application Guidance Notes
A 2nd call remained open from November until May 2017 with various termly cut-off dates while opportunities still existed within Cardiff Met’s allocation. Interested parties are asked to note that the last opportunity to apply for KESS2 funding has now passed; it has been recently proposed by the KESS2 project board that only HEIs that had met their allocation will be able to bid for unallocated funding.
KESS2 - PhD Scholarship Vacancies
Please see our open applications for KESS2 Scholarships, please ensure you have checked the eligibility criteria prior to applying which can be found in the above dropdown list.
The proposed scholarship is available to support a student undertaking a MRes in Biomedical Science at Cardiff School of Health Sciences, Cardiff Metropolitan University. The Master of Research (MRes) programme provides high quality and professionally relevant training in research methods and analysis for health, psychology and biomedical science graduates. The student will undertake a research project investigating lifestyle interventions to improve health in diabetes. The project will be undertaken in collaboration with Cwm Taf University Health Board. From October to December the student will be supported in submitting an application for ethical approval of the project. Recruitment of participants will commence in January 2017. The student educational programme will develop the student as a researcher with skills in the evaluation of non-pharmacological interventions to reduce disease associated health and social care costs.
For more information please click here.
Application forms and Guidance notes