The Industrial Doctorates Plan consolidates its success with 75 new projects


This third edition will have more funding and a more flexible calendar to adapt to the needs of all those involved

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Following the success of the second edition, the Government of Catalonia, through the Secretariat for Universities and Research, consolidates the Industrial Doctorates Plan with the launch of a new campaign to promote the development of 75 new projects. Furthermore, the Government will provide 25 specific grants, which, starting in this edition, include subsidised enrolment in the doctoral programme. In order to offer companies, universities and doctorands greater flexibility, the dates for decisions on financing have been increased from three to four.

Since the start of the Plan, more than 150 projects have been implemented in conjunction with the Catalan universities, both public and private, and 120 Catalan businesses, from start-ups to large companies and in all fields (science, engineering, health sciences and humanities, among others). In the opinion of the Secretary for Universities and Research, Antoni Castellà, ‘with 75 new projects and over 150 already under way, this will help increase Catalonia’s rate of knowledge transfer, which will in turn benefit its society'.

Along the same line, the Plan’s director, professor at the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Dr Antonio Huerta stated that ‘consolidating the Industrial Doctorates Plan helps increase the economy’s competitiveness, incorporating talent and highly qualified individuals in companies'.

An opportunity for students, companies, universities and research centres

The aim of the Industrial Doctorates Plan is to contribute to the competitiveness and internationalisation of Catalan industry; strengthen the tools for recruiting the talent generated in the country; and to place future PhD holders in the right position to carry out R&D&I projects in a company.

The essential element of the industrial doctorate process is the research project carried out at a company, where doctorands will further develop their research training in collaboration with a university, and which is the object of a doctoral thesis. Therefore, the industrial doctorates act as a bridge for knowledge transfer and encourage closer ties between Catalonia’s industrial fabric and universities and research centres.

The industrial doctorates enable companies to access cutting-edge research groups and use their infrastructure, as well as obtain financial subsidies and benefit from tax deductions and rebates. For universities, the plan facilitates transfer of their technology and knowledge to the productive environment and strengthens links with business. The doctoral students are given the opportunity to receive training in a highly innovative environment with both academic and business supervision, with a three-year work contract and a number of other advantages, such as free enrolment and a mobility fund.

The Plan is managed by the Agency for Management of University and Research Grants (AGAUR), and starting this year it will have the collaboration of the Catalan Foundation for Research and Innovation (FCRI) to make it even more dynamic. It also has the continued support of the 12 Catalan universities and the business world to promote the transfer of knowledge to the productive sector. More detailed information may be found on the website:

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