Substantial EU doctoral training programme grant awarded to University of Leicester

Posted by er134 at Apr 14, 2014 11:16 AM |
PhD students to receive large-scale funding for innovative research in the field of forensic science

Issued by University of Leicester Press Office on 14 April 2014

PhD students will receive unprecedented doctoral training in forensic science through a substantial EU Marie Curie Innovative Doctoral Programme grant awarded to the University of Leicester – the first of its kind to focus on training and research in forensic science.

The successful bid was submitted by Dr Lisa Smith (Project Coordinator) from the Department of Criminology and Dr John Bond from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Leicester together with input from 12 academic supervisors representing nine disciplines, and aims to provide training and research opportunities to early stage researchers in a range of disciplines relating to forensic science.

The Interdisciplinary Training and Research Programme for Innovative Doctorates in Forensic Science - INTREPID Forensics - is a €2.9 million, multidisciplinary project funded by the People Programme of the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme and provides opportunities for 10 early stage researchers to pursue innovative research degrees focusing on areas applicable to the forensic sciences.

Dr Smith said: “This funding provides a great opportunity for early stage researchers to study at a world class university, and engage with a truly unique training programme during their PhD research degree.  The research secondments and input from our industry partners will enrich the training programme, and prepare these students for successful careers as the next generation of forensic researchers.”

The research projects will all be based at the University of Leicester and are co-supervised by academics in a wide range of disciplines including Genetics, Criminology, Chemistry, Psychology, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Pathology, and Immunity, Infection and Inflammation.

Each of the researchers will be supervised by experts in these fields during their research, and they will also complete a unique core forensic skills training programme designed and delivered by academics and industry partners. In addition, each researcher will complete a research secondment at various associate partner institutions throughout Europe.

Professor Pierre Margot at the University of Lausanne, which is one of the project’s European associate partners, said: “I see this collaborative training and research project as a positive step toward creating substantial and rapid improvements in forensic science as a discipline, because the INTREPID Forensics programme is forensic science education built on a forensic science culture.”

The training programme will develop skills in areas such as ethics in the forensic sciences, forensic science theory and practice, laws of evidence and forensic science in the criminal courts and working with industry to commercialise forensic science innovation.

This skills training, combined with the innovative, multidisciplinary research projects, has been designed to provide the PhD researchers with the experience they need to be successful in the forensic science industry.

Dr Bond added: “I am really pleased that we have been able to secure European funding for PhD research in such wide ranging disciplines across the University. This truly represents 'joined up' multidisciplinary research at Leicester and it is fitting that this will all be under the umbrella of forensic science research.

“Such a significant award is a fitting tribute to the pioneering forensic science work of Professor Sir Alec Jeffreys at the University of Leicester and bodes well for the continued growth and development of forensic science research and teaching at the University.”

To find out about the available PhD projects, and how to apply, visit


Notes to Editors:

For more information please contact Dr Lisa Smith at or Dr John Bond at

For more information about the INTREPID Forensics project, and details relating to the available PhD positions, please visit

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