BBSRC will invest up to £100M in postgraduate training and development in the biosciences.
BBSRC will fund up to 15 new Doctoral Training Partnerships (DTPs) to train up to 250 PhD students per year for five years between 2015 and 2019.
DTPs provide PhD training in research areas relevant to BBSRC's remit and strategic priority areas across bioscience.
They also provide a breadth of professional development training opportunities to enhance students' capability and develop the world-class, highly skilled workforce the UK needs for its future, including a three-month internship working in an area not directly related to their PhD project.
Dr Celia Caulcott, BBSRC Executive Director, Innovation and Skills, said: "Investing in the training of PhD students is essential to ensure a strong future for bioscience in Britain, in academia, industry and more widely.
"By supporting top quality training that provides the specific research skills these scientists need, coupled with broad-based skills, BBSRC is helping to keep the Britain as a world-leader in bioscience research, producing economic and social benefits for all."
The closing date for applications is May 1 2014.
Full information on eligibility and how to apply is available at: www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/studentships/doctoral-training-partnerships.aspx.