Call 2023

Evaluation of the Industrial Doctorates Plan

Global data


The phase of the 2023 campaign, which closed on December 11, 2023, managed to promote 158 proposals: 125 for co-financing and 33 for specific grants. Of these proposals, 129 applications have been formalised and 122 have been awarded, 93 for co-financing and 29 for specific grants. The partial resolutions were resolved in July and December 2023, and in February 2024.

Projects awarded in the 2023 call

ModalityJulyDecemberFebruary 2024TotalAmount awarded%s/total
Co-financed grant353028935.290.950 €89,4%
Specific aid481729626.400 €10,6%
Total3938451225.917.350 €

2023 at a glance

Participating companies and institutions
Aid for Catalan SMEs
New companies and institutions
Doctoral theses defended

8% of projects in the field of social sciences

11% increase compared to 2016
International students

Full 2023 stats

Evaluation of the industrial doctorates plan

During 2023, the evaluation of the Industrial Doctorates Plan of the Generalitat de Catalunya in the period 2013-2018, co-financed by the Promotion Fund for the Evaluation of Public Policies of the Department of Economy and Finance (PROAVA), whose results will be published during the first half of 2024, has been carried out.

This evaluation gives continuity to the evaluation of the first cohort of Industrial Doctorates, corresponding to the pilot test (2012), which was made public in 2018 at the 3rd Congress of Economics and Business of the College of Economists of Catalonia (

The evaluation of the Industrial Doctorates Plan for the period 2013-2018 aims to:

1. Evaluate the impact of the Industrial Doctorates Plan on the different types of agents involved (business environments, academic environments and industrial doctoral students).

2. Design an outcome collection and monitoring system that guarantees the replicability of the previously proposed evaluation system.

The evaluation of the impact of Industrial Doctorates, based on quantitative methodologies (questionnaires) and qualitative (focus or discussion groups), is classified into 5 dimensions: Training career, Employability, Impact on academic and business environments, links between industrial doctorates; university research and the business sector; Overall assessment.

Population Assessment

CERCA centres
Companies and institutions

The % of response obtained varies depending on the participant profile: 55% of thesis supervisors; 33% of company managers and 37% of industrial doctors.

after 5 years

dels DI segueixen treballant en entorns empresarials
El 0 %
dels DI treballen en tasques relacionades amb l’R+D+I
El 0 %
dels DI perceben retribucions iguals o superior als 2.000 € bruts mensuals
El 0 %
  • El 91% dels acadèmics consideren que una tesi DI té un nivell equivalent al d’una tesi acadèmica convencional.
  • El 80% dels acadèmics consideren que les publicacions generades tenen un nivell similar al de les publicacions originades en una tesi acadèmica.
  • El 90% dels tutors d’empresa opinen que la presència d’un doctorand industrial ha influït positivament en el funcionament i la manera de treballar a l’empresa.
  • El 19% dels projectes han estat objecte d’una patent o model d’utilitat.
  • Al 63% dels projectes s’han aplicat bonifcacions o deduccions fiscals.

historical data (2012-2023)

Industrial doctorate projects depending on the state

Granted in the resolution176484869592102961081171171221100
Granted initiates1755788491909390961131091201036
To read036616173250709793119509

Funding associated with industrial doctorate projects

Contributions of the Generalitat€1.14M€2.91M€3.99M€4.10M€4.43M€4.28M€4.09M€4.06M€4.74M€5.14M€5.33M€5.71M€49.91M
Contributions from companies and institutions€1.48M€4.32M€6.63M€6.60M€7.14M€7.23M€7.20M€7.17M€7.80M€9.19M€8.76M€10.75M€84.23M
Private impulse56%60%62%62%62%63%64%64%62%64%62%65%%61%

Industrial doctorate projects by enrollment university

Pilot 201220132014201520162017201820192020202120222023Total


Researchers of excellence

Researchers from 478 SGR groups
ERC grant holders

Industrial doctorate projects by academic environment

University or Research CentreProjects
Polytechnic University of Catalonia278
University of Barcelona150
Autonomous University of Barcelona119
University of Girona68
Rovira i Virgili University63
Pompeu Fabra University57
University of Vic – Central University of Catalonia59
Ramon Llull University43
University of Lleida35
Open University of Catalonia32
Spanish National Research Council23
Institute for Research on Agrifood Technologies13
Computer Vision Center9
International University of Catalonia9
Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology Foundation5
Vall-Hebron University Hospital Foundation - Research Institute5
Institute of High Energy Physics5
Catalonia Institute for Energy Research5
Barcelona Institute for Global Health Private Foundation4
Sant Joan de Déu Foundation4
Mar Institute of Medical Research Foundation3
Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia3
Josep Carreras Leukaemia Research Institute3
Telecommunications Technology Centre of Catalonia – CTTC3
Forest Science and Technology Centre of Catalonia3
Germans Trias i Pujol Health Sciences Research Institute Foundation3
Jordi Gol Primary Care Research Institute3
Centre for Genomic Regulation2
Catalan Institute of Chemical Research2
Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics2
Bellvitge Biomedical Research Institute2
Institute of Photonic Sciences2
Natural Science Museum of Granollers2
Catalan Institute for Water Research1
Biomedical Research Institute of Lleida1
August Pi i Sunyer Biomedical Research Institute1
International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering1
School of International Trade1
Research Institute of the Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau1
Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona)1
Abat Oliba CEU University1
Centre for Innovation in Transport (CENIT-UPC)1
Barcelona Supercomputing Center – Centro Nacional de Supercomputación1
Pere Virgili Health Research Institute (IISPV)1
Tecnocampus Mataró-Maresme Foundation1
Private Health Foundation of the Maresme Health Consortium1


Industrial doctorate projects by field of research

Arts and Humanities101%
Health and Biomedical Sciences24223%
Chemical Sciences and Technologies15215%
Social Sciences10911%
Industrial Design and Production878%
Civil and Geoenvironmental Engineering, Architecture646%
Mathematics and Physics596%
Information and Communication Technology26025%

Industrial Doctorate projects in the socio-economic field

Type of company (667 companies)

As projects in the fields of social sciences, arts and humanities increase, new typologies of business environments such as foundations, associations, NGOs or public administrations are incorporated. Despite this, the vast majority of companies participating in the ID Plan are SMEs as a reflection of a country reality.

SMEs (366 companies and institutions)
Large companies (94 companies and institutions)
Start-ups / Spin-offs (109 companies and institutions)
Other institutions (98 companies and institutions)

degree of repetition

Companies with two or three projects usually repeat it, on average, two and a half years after starting the first project. As companies accumulate more projects, they reduce the time between projects, causing many to coexist over time.

510 companies with 1 project
82 companies with 2 projects
51 companies with 3-4 projects
19 companies with 5-9 projects
Large companies 3%
5 companies with 10 or more projects
Large companies 1%

Industrial doctoral students (origin and gender)

origin of doctoral students

Gender of doctoral students

Women's triplets

Industrial doctorate projects with a doctoral student, a researcher and a company manager.