Twenty new grants approved in the third decision of the call for industrial doctorate applications (DI-2015)

These are in addition to the 10 already awarded in the first and second decisions of the call

A total of 32 companies and 9 universities and research centres are taking part in the projects

The deadline for the fourth and final decision for grant applications is 27 November

The third decision of the call for applications to the Industrial Doctorates Plan (DI-2015), promoted by the Government of Catalonia, has awarded 20 new grants to enable 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 19 projects presented jointly by the universities and business world, and one other project will be able to benefit from specific grants.

These new grants are in addition to the 10 already awarded in the first and second decisions of the DI-2015 call, which co-finance projects submitted jointly by 10 companies, three universities and two research centres.

There will be a fourth and final decision for the DI-2015 call, the deadline for which will be 27 November. 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. In terms of the 30 new grants awarded up until now, the majority of projects correspond to the co-funding type of financing (96.7%), about a third of which are in the field of health sciences and biomedicine. The remaining 27% are in the field of ICT.

Advantages for all participants

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 thesis supervision 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, 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:

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