Industrial Researcher

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Over Industrial Researcher

Innovation Fund Denmark's Industrial Researcher Programme aims to bridge the gap between companies and universities. The program provides support to private companies and public institutions to hire a PhD student or post.doc. candidate, to carry out business-oriented research projects in collaboration with a university.

In the Industrial Researcher programme, the candidate is employed in a private company and at the same time enrolled in a public research institution. The candidate is working on the research project in both places. This gives the company new knowledge; the university gets a closer relation to the business community and the candidate gets a PhD or post.doc degree.

The Business Researcher Programme supports projects within one of the following themes:

  • Ambitious and lasting green research initiatives
  • Life science, health, welfare technology and clinical research
  • Technology and innovation that can develop production and secure jobs in Denmark

The Industrial PhD Programme

Innovation Fund Denmark subsidizes the PhD student's salary with up to DKK 17,000 per month for 3 years (maximum 50% of the actual salary expense). In addition, the company will receive DKK 100,000, which can be used for the PhD student to participate in project-relevant conferences and ECTS-eligible courses in Denmark or abroad. The DKK 100,000 covers travel expenses, accommodation, etc.

Who can apply for the Industrial PhD programme?

The Industrial PhD programme is a collaboration between a company, university and the PhD student.

The following requirements apply to the company:

  • Has a physical department located in Denmark, where the PhD student is employed
  • There are financial resources and facilities set aside for the entire PhD project
  • The company is financially independent of the university
  • The company associates a supervisor and co-supervisor with the project
  • The company is part of the private sector.

The following requirements apply to the university:

  • It is a higher education institution officially approved to handle PhD education
  • Must associate a supervisor with the project. This supervisor must:
    • Be a recognized researcher in the project's subject area
    • Work within research in the project's subject area
    • Be employed by the university and affiliated with the PhD school.

The following requirements apply to the Industrial PhD candidate:

  • Has completed a project-relevant master's program
  • Thesis or graduation project is completed with a grade of 10 or higher.

The Industrial Postdoc. Programme

Innovation Fund Denmark contributes up to DKK 22,000 per month to the Industrial Postdoc. candidate's salary (max. 50% of the actual salary expense) for a project period of 1-3 years. In addition, the company has DKK 2,500 available each month to cover the postdoctoral candidate's expenses for travel in connection with project-relevant conferences in Denmark and abroad.

Who can apply for the Industrial Postdoc. Programme?

The Industrial Postdoc. Programme is a collaboration between company, university and the Postdoc. candidate.

The following requirements apply to the company:

  • Has a physical department located in Denmark, where the postdoc. candidate is employed.
  • There are financial resources and facilities for the entire postdoctoral project
  • The company is financially independent of the university
  • The company must associate a mentor to the project. The mentor must have general experience with the project topic and have in-depth industry knowledge.
  • The company is part of the private sector.

The following requirements apply to the university:

  • Must document a significant research effort in the project area
  • Must associate a research mentor who is a recognized researcher in the project's subject area and works in a relevant research environment.
  • Must be part of the public sector

The following requirements apply to the Industrial Postdoc. candidate:

  • Has obtained a PhD degree within 5 years from the time of application.
  • Can document significant professional research within the project area, eg. publications, patents or similar.
  • Has at the time of application been employed or self-employed in the private sector for a maximum of 6 months.

Assessment criteria

Applications for the Industrial Researcher Programme are assessed on their relevance and contribution to the three themes mentioned above. In addition, Innovation Fund Denmark is looking for applications that meet the following assessment criteria:

  • Research-quality: The project must be at PhD or postdoc. level and can be completed within the project period. In terms of research, the foundation is looking for:
    • Research-related news value
    • Quality of the description of state-of-the-art in the field
    • Relevance and level of the theoretical basis
    • Quality of hypotheses / research questions
    • Relevance and concretization of selected methods and data basis
  • Business significance and effect: The project must have a real business significance on the company's business plan and earnings. It is not enough that the project promotes and brands the company.
  • Project implementation: The application must show that the parties are competent and relevant for the project. The fund particularly emphasizes:
    • Feasibility and organization of the project
    • The student is rooted in both business and university
    • The quality of the project partners' qualifications

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