KESS2



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:  noded as 'a' areas) is eligible in this project. 



​Factsheet

Please read the factsheet below for more information for businesses, companies and organisations: 

Eligibility

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.​

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Once proposed sub projects have been approved, a scholarship will be offered.


​The scholarship offers the eligible participant (student) :​ 

  • A mon​thly 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 unedit Pdf version, to have access to the Excel editable version please contact KESS@cardiffmet.ac.uk no later than noon on 13th December 2016

 > KESS2 Project Application Guidance Notes

This 2nd call will remain open until further notice but with various termly cut-off dates. If a cut-off date is set, 4 weeks’ notice will be provided on this website. The first cut-off will be at noon on 14th December 2016 – please email a copy of the completed application to KESS@cardiffmet.ac.uk . The subsequent cut-off date is likely to be noon on Wednesday, 29th March 2017 for project starts from September 2017.

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.  

Current Vacancies

An evaluation of retrofit measures for residential typologies in Wales to assess impacts upon energy performance, and occupant fuel poverty, thermal comfort and health and wellbeing

This research sits within the fields of Architectural Technology and Environmental Public Health, measuring the impact upon occupants in existing dwellings that have undertaking retrofit improvement measures; building upon a successful KESSI project (Dr Atkinson, 2015).  The PhD is led by Dr Littlewood the Head of the Ecological Built Environment (EBERE) group in Cardiff School of Art and Design (CSAD) and also Professor George Karani from Environmental Public Health in Cardiff School of Health Sciences (CSHS). Dr Atkinson provides supervisory input, as Housing Lead at the Carbon Trust. David Bolton leads the input and support from the industrial partner: Melin Homes. In addition, technical advice is also provided by staff from the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers and Property Tectonics. 

For more information on this scholarship please click here.

Deadline    21st December 2016

To Apply please complete an apllication form found below and send the completed form to:
Dr John Littlewood
E: jlittlewood@cardiff.ac.uk 


Application forms and Guidance notes