25 new grants approved in the second decision of the call for industrial doctorate applications (DI-2014)

The projects involve a total of 23 companies and 12 universities and research centres

The deadline for the third and final decision for grant applications is 3 December

The second decision of the call for applications to the Industrial Doctorates Plan (DI-2014), promoted by the Government of Catalonia, has awarded 25 new grants to permit doctorate students to develop their research training on a strategic research project in a company. The Government of Catalonia, through the Secretariat for Universities and Research, will co-finance the projects presented jointly by the universities and business world, and two further projects will be able to benefit from specific grants.

The deadline for the third and final decision in 2014 for grant applications has been extended to 3 December. For more information, see the application guide for companies and universities.

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 future doctorands, 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:


Companies benefiting from grants (2nd decision):

Universities and research centres benefiting from grants (2nd decision): 


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