SEPnet’s Doctoral Training Network for Small- to Medium-Sized Enterprises

Funding a PhD with a university can be a highly effective way of conducting research & development but the cost of research for knowledge-based SMEs can be prohibitive. By building an SME Doctoral Training Network (SME-DTN) we are creating a critical mass of research to support both regional industries and national science priorities.

We will recruit PhD students from diverse backgrounds to carry out industry-relevant research in areas such as:
• condensed matter physics
• numerical modelling
• gaming
• AI
• data science
• quantum technologies
• medical imaging
• photonic materials & devices
• sensors.

Companies will share the costs of each PhD studentship with a SEPnet university partner and work with academics to shape projects in line with each company’s business strategy. The first PhD students will be recruited in October 2021.

Do you have an industry-relevant research project? We want to hear from you! To discuss your project, email: