10 new grants approved in the first decisions of the DI-2015 call

A total of ten companies, three universities and two research centres are taking part in the projects

Only 65 grants remain to be awarded in the final decisions, where high demand from applicants is expected

The first and second decisions of the call for applications to the Industrial Doctorates Plan (DI-2015), promoted by the Government of Catalonia, have awarded 10 new grants to permit doctorate students to develop their research training on a strategic research project in a company. The Government, through the Secretariat for Universities and Research, will co-fund the ten projects submitted by ten companies jointly with three universities and two research centres.

Only 65 grants remain to be awarded in the final decisions, where high demand from applicants is expected. The deadline for grant applications for the third (and second-to-last) decision for 2015 is 5 October of this year. 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 150 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 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:

Companies benefiting from grants (1st and 2nd decision):

Universities and research centres benefiting from grants (1st and 2nd decision): 

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