PHD Funding - Complete my dream

Bridging the gap between business and academics

PHD Funding - Complete my dream
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Completion Date: Fri 27 Oct 2017

A short summary of your project

I'm raising a minimum of £25000 to complete my PHD in bridging the gap between universities and the pharmaceutical industry which will allow the brightest medical minds at university to start working with businesses whilst studying to help develop new drugs, treatments and ideas to help the world and us as people.

Who are you?

  • Mehdi Zourmand
  • 26 years old
  • Originally from the north west of england
  • Very big sports fan (including american football, rugby and football)
  • played the guitar for most of my life

Your story

One of the toughest parts of any students life is when they leave university and try to find the right job for themselves. How do they find the job they always dreamed about, but also the difficulties whilst starting that job. The PHD itself will be done to help bridge the gap and be the "missing middle" between academics (medical, biology, and chemistry students) and the pharmaceutical industry, working alongside SMEs.

The project will generate a series of case studies of SME engagement models and in so doing, create a sustainable network of interested parties. It will establish the emergent criteria to be applied in knowledge exchange in SMEs. Ultimately this project will develop an enhanced understanding of the commercial exploitation of bioscience research which to date has been poorly defined and applied.

The reason why i am wanting to complete this project is that I wish to enhance and help the opportunities for medical and pharmaceutical students in the UK, who can in the future help the world and people cure illness and disease. If I can help by becoming a stepping stone between them and the SME businesses which create these treatments, I think in a small way I could be helping the world. By being the middle man in this project I will be able to assist students in collaborating, working and producing ideas with these businesses whilst studying, this will help the students once they leave, with active and relevant experience which can develop a strong basis when they graduate.

Not only will your sponsorship help me reach my dream of completing my PHD, but it will also benefit 100s of students in the process, and in turn may benefit the world.

Where will the money go?

  • Firstly the sponsorship   will help pay for the PHD itself, I will need around £18,000 for this.
  • The sponsorship will help me to buy the relevant equipment needed to complete my PHD, with visiting 100s of SME businesses I will need computer equipment, recording equipment as well as up to date analytical applications for a computer.
  • Whilst completing the PHD and visiting 100s of SME businesses I will need to travel up and down the country, which will cost a lot of money over the 3 years, with no income whilst studying the sponsorship will help me gather all the essential research
  • Additional costs as required - such as accommodation during SME visits across the country etc...

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  • You don't need to give money to help me succeed! Please share this project with anyone you think would support us – on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, by email, telephone, in a chat over the fence or on your blog.
  • In fact, share it with everyone you know as we think it's a great idea, and the more people who know about it, the more likely you are to make this work out brilliantly.
  • And I know I said you don't need to give money to help us, but I'd love it if you did! Please sponsor me and help make this happen.

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Obviously this is to fund a PHD - Please read below for specific dates For a minimum donation of £500 I will send you and you will receive: 1) a personalised thank you card - be sent when donation is given 2) an acknowledgement in the thesis for your donation - be done once PHD is completed in 2020 3) a PDF version of my thesis once completed - be sent once PHD is completed in 2020

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Estimated delivery: 1 November 2017

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Obviously this is to fund a PHD - Please read below for specific dates For a donation of £1000 I will send you and you will receive: 1) a personalised thank you card - be sent when donation is given 2) an acknowledgement in the thesis for your donation - be done once PHD is completed in 2020 3) a bounded copy of my thesis sent to yourself - be sent once PHD is completed in 2020 4) a quarterly update via phone or Skype on the progress

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Estimated delivery: 1 November 2017

Pledge £3000 or more

Obviously this is to fund a PHD - Please read below for specific dates For a donation of £3000 I will send you and you will receive: 1) a personalised thank you card - be sent when donation is given 2) an acknowledgement in the thesis for your donation - be done once PHD is completed in 2020 3) a bounded copy of my thesis sent to yourself - be sent once PHD is completed in 2020 4) a bi-monthly update via phone or Skype on the progress 5) and if you wish a personal tour of the campus by myself whenever you wish to visit as well as a meal to discuss my PHD

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Estimated delivery: 1 November 2017

Pledge £5000 or more

Obviously this is to fund a PHD - Please read below for specific dates For a donation of £5000 I will send you and you will receive: 1) a personalised thank you card - be sent when donation is given 2) Be one of the first selected names on the acknowledgement in the thesis for your donation - be done once PHD is completed in 2020, and may not be exactly first as others may donate 3) 2 bounded copies of my thesis sent to yourself - be sent once PHD is completed in 2020 4) a bi-monthly update via phone or Skype on the progress 5) a personal tour of the campus by myself whenever you wish to visit as well as a meal to discuss my PHD 6) Invite to PHD party once completed hosted and paid by myself

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Estimated delivery: 1 November 2017

Pledge £10000 or more

Obviously this is to fund a PHD - Please read below for specific dates For a donation of £10000 I will send you and you will receive: 1) a personalised thank you card - be sent when donation is given 2) a personalised gift sent to your address - be sent once donation has gone through - gift will be of around £100 value 3) Be one of the first selected names on the acknowledgement in the thesis for your donation - be done once PHD is completed in 2020, and may not be exactly first as others may donate 4) 5 bounded copies of my thesis sent to yourself with your name engraved on the front - be sent once PHD is completed in 2020 5) a bi-monthly update via phone or Skype on the progress 6) a personal tour of the campus by myself whenever you wish to visit as well as a meal to discuss my PHD 7) Invite to PHD party once completed hosted and paid by myself

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Estimated delivery: 1 November 2017