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Digital theses and ORA: Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)

EPSRC policy documents

EPSRC student training grants

If a doctoral training partnership (DTPs) is paid by EPSRC to a research organisation for the provision of postgraduate study, it is subject to these terms and conditions*, research organisations can decide on the level of stipend, duration of studentship and collaboration.

For further guidance on issues like flexibility, total costs and stipends, see doctoral training partnerships - 50% rule.

*Note on Terms and Conditions of Research Council training grants

These terms and conditions relate to training grants, comprising doctoral training partnerships(DTPs) and masters training grants MTGs) from the following five Research Councils:

  • Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC)
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
  • Medical Research Council (MRC)
  • Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)
  • Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

The five Research Councils will apply these terms and conditions to training grants from 1 April 2010.

(01/2015) "104. In the case of Ph.D. theses funded by Research Councils, metadata describing the thesis should be lodged in the institution's repository as soon as possible after award and a full text version should be available within a maximum of 12 months following award. It is expected that metadata in institutional repositories will be compatible with the metadata core set recommended by the ETHOS e-thesis online service."


The EPSRC has specific expectations regarding research data. The most relevant for research students in receipt of EPSRC funding being: 

"Each research organisation will have specific policies and associated processes to maintain effective internal awareness of their publicly‐funded research data holdings and of requests by third parties to access such data; all of their researchers or research students funded by EPSRC will be required to comply with research organisation policies in this area or, in exceptional circumstances, to provide justification of why this is not possible."


  • Metadata to be published within 12 months of the data being generated
  • Where access is restricted the published metadata should give the reason and summarise access conditions

For additional information please see the ORA-Data LibGuide and Research Data Management Oxford website.

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