UK-France joint PhD programme 2016 (Ministry of Defence)
The UK-France joint PhD programme aims to develop research in key areas of mutual interest to France and the UK. The programme was agreed at the 2010 Anglo-French Summit as one of the ten priorities in 2011 for the Anglo French Defence Research Group (AFDRG).
This PhD programme is jointly managed by Direction Générale de l’Armement (DGA) and Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl).
Ten PhDs were funded in 2015, five from the UK and five from France. To date, 43 PhD projects have been funded since the call began in 2011. These PhDs are investigating a variety of topics including autonomous underwater vehicles, meta-materials, synthetic biology, sensors, vehicle armour, and human and social sciences. The intention is that (subject to the available budget and the cost of individual proposals) a further five PhDs are expected to be funded by the UK in this latest call.
The programme is seeking proposals in the following areas of interest:
- acoustic and radio-electric waves
- biology and biotechnology
- defence and security foresight
- environment and geosciences
- fluids and structures
- human and systems
- information engineering and robotics
- information management ‘big data’
- materials and nano-technologies