Government, universities and business implement 75 new industrial doctorate projects


The Secretariat for Universities and Research has started a new campaign to boost the development of 75 new industrial doctorate projects after the success of the first edition, which exceeded the established goals.

The objective for the Industrial Doctorates Plan is to contribute to the competitiveness and internationalisation of Catalan industry, reinforce instruments to recruit the talent generated by the country and place future PhDs in the right position to develop R&D&I projects in business.

The essential element of the industrial doctorate process is the strategic research project carried out at a company, where the doctoral students further develop their training in research in conjunction with a university, this being the subject of a doctoral thesis. Industrial doctorates thus act as bridges for knowledge transfer and contribute to building closer links between Catalan industry and universities and research centres.

The Secretary for Universities and Research, Antoni Castellà, stressed that thanks to the new industrial doctorates campaign and the 70 or more projects currently underway ‘the competitiveness and internationalisation of the industrial fabric is improving’. Castellà added that ‘the 12 universities and companies that already participate in the Industrial Doctorates Plan help Catalonia to obtain higher rates of knowledge transfer so that the results of research lead to greater economic and social development’.

An opportunity for students, companies, universities and research centres

For companies, the Industrial Doctorates programme is a mechanism to facilitate innovation in their products and services thanks to cooperation with cutting-edge research groups at universities and research centres. At the same time, companies can also use highly specialised equipment and infrastructure and attract talent, recruiting training research personnel who take on this project and provide added value to improve the competitiveness and internationalisation of the company.

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.

And last but not least, for the future PhDs 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, a minimum gross remuneration of EUR 22,000/year and other advantages such as free enrolment and a mobility bank. The Government of Catalonia provides financial support to all the agents involved: companies, research groups and future PhDs.

The Plan, run by AGAUR and managed by the Professor of the Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Dr Antoni Huerta, has the support of 12 Catalan universities and businesses to favour knowledge transfer to the productive sector. More detailed information may be found at the website

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