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The Government implements the new Industrial Doctorates Plan website

The Government, through the Secretariat for Universities and Research, has set up the new portal for the Industrial Doctorates Plan, with the aim of making access to the information easier, more intuitive and complete for people interested in the industrial doctorates. The website incorporates major improvements, such as a news section, agenda, a subscription newsletter and audiovisuals on success stories, among others.

According to Dr Antonio Huerta, Academic Director of the Industrial Doctorates Plan, ‘this new website will become a communication channel for doctoral students, universities, companies and society in general’. Furthermore, the portal has been set up using criteria of adaptability, with a design that facilitates navigation for all types of devices.

An information campaign over the 012 phone line was launched last August, consisting of radio slots and TV adverts (http://scur.cat/CE3G92).

The Industrial Doctorates Plan aims to contribute to the competitiveness and internationalisation of the Catalan industrial fabric, recruit talent and train doctoral students to work at companies developing R&D&I projects.

The essential element of the industrial doctorate process is the strategic research project carried out at a company, where the doctorand will further develop his or her research training in collaboration with a university, and which is the object of a doctoral thesis. Currently, over 70 projects are under way, and a new call for projects has been launched to promote a further 75 projects.

The Industrial Doctorates Plan enables companies to attract people with knowledge and skills with a high added value, access cutting-edge groups at universities and research centres and their equipment and infrastructure, while obtaining financial assistance and benefiting from tax deductions and rebates for R&D&I activity. For the universities and research centres of Catalonia (CERCA), the industrial doctorate projects are an opportunity to transfer technology and knowledge to a productive environment and thus strengthen links with business. For the students, it is a magnificent opportunity to join a highly innovative environment that combines academic supervision of the thesis with the tutorship provided by companies through a work contract lasting three years, along with other advantages such as free enrolment and a mobility bank.

The Plan, managed by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), has the support of 12 Catalan universities and the business world to favour knowledge transfer to the productive sector. More detailed information may be found on the website: http://doctoratsindustrials.gencat.cat 

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