Industrial Researcher

Are you a research talent with an appetite for a career in the business sector?

Or are you a company or a research institution with an idea for a research project that can create commercial value for the company? Innovation Fund Denmark invests in industrially focused PhD and Postdoc projects.

The Industrial Researcher Programme invests in Industrial PhD and Postdoc projects. In both project types the candidate is employed in a private company and enrolled at or collaborates with a public sector research organisation. The candidate works on the same project at both places. Innovation Fund Denmark invests in research projects within all research fields, provided the research project is of a high quality and is commercially relevant to the company.

Our requirements:

  • An Industrial PhD candidate must have a master’s degree education
  • An Industrial Postdoc candidate must have obtained a PhD degree within the past five years 
  • The same research project is carried out at both the university and the company 
  • The Industrial Researcher and the research project must offer the company the possibility of solving specific research and development tasks that create growth and employment
  • The Industrial Researcher and the research project must strengthen the relationship between the business sector and the university, and create the potential for new research

Current possibilities

An Industrial PhD is a three-year industrially focused research project and PhD education which is carried out in a collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD candidate and a university.

An Industrial Postdoc project is a collaboration between an Industrial Postdoc, a company and and a research institution about solving specific research tasks.

In 2018 DKK 10 mill. have been allocated for public sector Industrial PhD and Industrial Postdoc projects.

Bioresources – food, ingredients and other biological products.

The government and the rate adjustment pool agreement (DK: satspuljen) parties have allocated DKK 5.5 mill. in 2018-2019 for Industrial PhD projects focusing on the dementia area.


Application deadlines


  • Tuesday 25 September at 12 noon  - reg. Industrial PhD and Postdoc
  • Tuesday 9 October at 12 noon - Public sector Industrial PhD and Postdoc


Regular Industrial PhD and Postdoc

  • Tuesday 8 January at 12 noon
  • Tuesday 30 April at 12 noon
  • Tuesday 24 September at 12 noon

Public sector Industrial PhD and Postdoc

  • Tuesday 8 October at 12 noon


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Industrial Researcher
Tel. +45 6190 5002 9-12 AM on weekdays

Project Gallery

See the investmensts of Innovation Fund Denmark in Industrial PhD and Industrial Postdoc