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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 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.

​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.​

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

​Due to the limited time remaining for the completion of the KESS2 Project:

  • There will be no call for Expressions of Interest, instead all applications will proceed straight to full application form (this form is unchanged from previous calls)
  • A scholar is to be named on the application form (please seek advice from KESS@cardiffmet.ac.uk if this is not possible)
  • All sub-projects will be expected to start in April 2018 (the correct level of stipend for a PhD is shown using the drop-down box on the Budget form: Oct 17 – Sept 20.)

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 KESS@cardiffmet.ac.uk

> KESS2 Project Application Guidance Notes

A 3rd call will open from 14th December 2017 until midday on 14th February 2018. Interested parties are to complete the full application form and submit to KESS@cardiffmet.ac.uk.

The final date for queries to the KESS2 team regarding sub-projects will be Friday 2nd February

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.

Isolation & Purification of bioactive peptides from protease treated bovine milk protein (whey protein and β-casein) to develop biotechnologies and process technologies for scaled up production of peptide-containing products with health benefits.

Deadline: 31st May 2018

There is a significant body of published evidence indicating that milk proteins, particularly their hydrolysates, have a potential to form the basis for the development of novel functional food ingredients. To date, very few dairy companies have fully capitalised on this potential. Some of the generic benefits of casein and whey protein hydrolysate include their ease of digestion and their content of bioactive peptides, many of which can confer health benefits above and beyond the normal nutritional impact.  

The aim of the research project is to develop technologies to derive bioactive peptides from bovine milk proteins (whey and casein). The peptides will be analysed and subjected to fractionation and the fractions of interest will undergo further enrichment processing. The ultimate aim is to apply the developed protocols and process bio/technologies for scaled up production of the resulting peptide-containing products. The peptide enrichment selected is anticipated to form the basis of products with particular health benefits. 

The project will provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to work across academia and industry. The project supervisory team will be comprised of academic members of staff from Cardiff Metropolitan University department of Healthcare and Food, part of the School of Sport & Health Sciences, and industrial supervisors from Volac International Ltd. The student will carry out research and development at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus and at Volac International, Port Talbot, where they will use and develop skills in a number of biotechnological, process technology and protein analysis techniques as well as developing communications and project management skills. 

For more information click here.


Isolation and Purification of glycomacropeptide (GMP) from whey on industrial scale for its use as a bioactive compound to improve human health.

Deadline: 31st May 2018

Whey protein is an important and valuable source of high quality protein and bioactive compounds. Whey protein concentrates and isolates have been in the market for some time and used, especially by athletes, to aid as a nutritional supplement for muscle growth and recovery. Whey protein is also rich in branched chain amino acids (BCAA) which are important for improving protein synthesis especially for patients with liver failure.

GMP is an important (64 amino acids peptide) constituent in whey. Published work indicates GMP’s nutritional and bioactivity potential for improving metabolism, neutralising bacterial and viral enterotoxins and for enhancing the immune system. In addition, the absence of the aromatic amino acid, phenylalanine (PA) means that it can be used for patients with the metabolic disorder phenylketoneuria (PKU). Other reported health benefits include the stimulation of fat and protein digestion and it’s bifidogenic effect, encouraging the growth of probiotics, with associated immunological health benefits.

The main emphasis of this project is to isolate and purify GMP for these well-recognised health benefits.  Our research has previously isolated and used GMP for its potential as a mineral binding peptide to minimise dental erosion.  The main aim of this project is to further isolate GMP from whey using chromatographic techniques.  This will produce specific purified peptide as supplements and as active ingredients in food formulations.  We envisage that this project will lead to the development of innovative, scalable technologies and products for both the ingredients and consumer markets. 

The project will provide the successful candidate with an exciting opportunity to work across academia and industry. The project supervisory team will be comprised of academic members of staff from Cardiff Metropolitan University department of Healthcare and Food, part of the School of Sport & Health Sciences, industrial supervisors from Volac International Ltd and external experts. The student will carry out research and development at Cardiff Metropolitan University’s Llandaff campus and at Volac International, Port Talbot, where they will use and develop skills in a number of biotechnological, process technology and protein analysis techniques as well as developing communications and project management skills. 

For more information please click here. 


“Health by Stealth”: An evidenced-based intervention to evaluate exercise as a vehicle to engage homeless young men in psychological interventions to improve their health and wellbeing.

Deadline: 1st June 2018

The proposed programme of research will be an innovative pilot research project to design and test the effectiveness of a bespoke, trauma informed, psychological intervention delivered in conjunction with physical exercise.  The physical exercise will take the form of strength and conditioning training (gym work) and aims to engage young men, as this group have historically proved the most difficult to engage for Llamau.

The intervention is aimed at young men with multiple complex needs who have disengaged from support services, putting them at high risk of homelessness.  Young men currently using the Llamau services have reported that gym sessions would be their preferred exercise activity.  Delivering a psychological intervention in conjunction with physical exercise is an innovative idea and, it is hoped, will increase the re-engagement of young people in services.  If this is the outcome, we expect there to be a positive impact on physical and psychological health as well as preventing homelessness.  The project is consistent with the Public Health Wales plan to ensure that, ‘Wherever possible focus efforts on ensuring that, from the earliest possible age, individuals are supported to follow a health benefiting and crime free life course that allows them to realise their full potential.’ (Bellis et al. 2015:21)

Exercise itself is known to have a positive impact on mental health, in particular depression and anxiety, and has been shown to help build self-esteem (Upton and Thirlaway 2011; Hardman & Stensel 2009).  McGale, McArdle & Gaffney (2012) report that an integrated exercise/CBT mental health promotion for men was perceived to increase physical skill, social support, positive affect and generate changes in daily behaviour. This project will combine exercise (specifically strength & conditioning training) with goal setting, motivation and resiliency training in a non-clinical environment.  This ‘health by stealth’ approach is hoped will help hard-to-reach young men to improve mental and physical wellbeing and reduce involvement with negative or harmful coping mechanisms. 

For more information please click here. 



​Application forms and Guidance notes