Or are you a company or a research institution with an idea for a research project that can create commercial value for the company?
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.
Here you can find the current listings and application deadlines
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The Guidelines for Industrial PhD is the document that establishes the terms for Industrial PhD applications, project structure and financing. You can find the guidelines down below.
All Industrial PhD students and the 2 primary supervisors are required to participate in a kick-off when your Industrial PhD project is approved. Please be aware that co-supervisors and third parties cannot attend the meeting.
The purpose of these meetings is
- To prepare the project partners for a positive collaboration
- To present the opportunity to network across projects
- To introduce Innovation Fund Denmark to the projects we have invested in.
You can expect different activities that will prepare you for the collaboration you are about to embark on. You will also have the opportunity to learn more about other projects. Among other things you must show your project through a poster. You are not to give a poster presentation, but be available for anyone who would like to hear more about the project (read more in the box to the right).
NB: The poster must be brought physically to the Kick-off meeting and also sent to email@example.com in advance.
9.00 - 10.00 Registration
10.00 - 10.15 Welcome - why are we meeting today?
10.15 - 10.20 Learn from the best – watch movie clips with good advice from Industrial PhD partners
10.20 - 10.50 Poster session – communicate your project and identify peers
10.50 - 10.55 Learn from the best – watch movie clips with good advice from Industrial PhD partners
10.55 - 11.55 Live through the Industrial PhD experience and solve critical Industrial PhD dilemmas by playing Trilemma – The Industrial PhD Board Game (1. round)
11.55 - 12.30 Eat a nice lunch and network
12.30 - 13.30 Live through the Industrial PhD experience and solve critical Industrial PhD dilemmas by playing Trilemma – The Industrial PhD Board Game (2. round)
13.30 - 14.00 Stay and have a meeting with your project partners (optional).
Next kick-off meeting dates
- Monday September 16, 2019, at 10:00 AM
- Register for the next kick-off meeting here
- Please note that the meeting is only for already approved Industrial PhD projects
All participants must be registered with name and all other information in the registration form.
Supervisors are not automatically registered if the candidate is registered. You can either register individually or one person can register all participants from the project.
Each project must show the project during a poster session.
- Project facts
Project parties and title – company, university/academic department and student characteristics, incl. a picture of the student, so those interested can find the person among the participants
- Problem & solution
What problem is your project solving?
What is the project’s research contribution?
What is your project’s commercial potential?
What are your specific scientific or commercial challenges?
- Other relevant facts and/or best practice
Other relevant facts and/or your best advice on how to complete a succesful Industrial PhD project
The poster must be A3 format 297 × 420 mm. They will be fixed on the wall with Blu-Tack.
If you live abroad or have taken part in an introduction meeting within the past three years you do not have to attend.
Here you find all relevant documents for the application.
Deadline for applications 2019
Industrial PhD in the Privat Sector
- Tuesday 30 April at 12:00 CET
- Tuesday 24 September at 12:00 CET
Industrial PhD in the Public Sector
- Tuesday 8 October at 12:00 CET
If you want to start up an Industrial PhD for the first time, it can be hard knowing where to begin. If you are a company or a candidate, the typical route is through the universities. The research field experts here have connections to relevant companies and can point out good Industrial PhD candidates among the students.
In order to find the right university researcher we recommend that you contact the PhD programme for the research area. Every university has PhD programmes in different areas. The PhD programmes are the administrative centre for the universities’ PhD training and will be able to help you find a relevant university researcher. Find a list of Danish universities here: www.studyindenmark.dk
You can also put out adverts in our LinkedIn group ”Industrial PhD matchmaking and Experience Sharing” where candidates and companies meet. Companies can also put ads in university papers.
You can also contact one of the Danish innovation clusters, who may be able to connect you with collaboration partners in the sector. Find the clusters here. As a candidate, business associations will be able to direct you to relevant companies. Also, keep an eye on “science dating” events at universities where students and companies can meet each other.
Candidates can also contact relevant companies directly. Our experience is that it is advantageous to have a project proposition ready where the commercial value to the company is clear, and where you are also open to any changes the company may want to make to the project in order to make it more relevant to them.
An Industrial PhD student must receive at least the total salary (salary + pension) of a university employed PhD student. The AC collective agreement (DK: ‘AC-overenskomsten’) regulates salary levels for PhD fellows, whose salaries are determined in accordance with the collective agreement’s §4 and §8. Per 1 April 2018 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:
- Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 30,450.25
- Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 30,450.25
- Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 32,714.50
- Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 34,779.47
- Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 36,814,09
Salary seniority is determined by the period of time the PhD fellow has been employed with work that requires an academic education. This means if you go directly from the master’s degree to the PhD study you start on salary level 4.
The collectively agreed salary is a minimum salary. As an Industrial PhD candidate, you can negotiate a higher salary. In general you should consider your Industrial PhD employment as any other type of employment with regard to negotiating employment terms. This means that you can also negotiate holidays, paternal leave etc. As a minimum, the employment must be on terms for salaried employees (DK: funktionærbetingelser).
Please note that an actual employment contract must be agreed upon which frees you up from any other work tasks except the project and the education when the project is running. Additionally, please note that any non-competition clauses or similar in the employment contract must not limit your possibilities for employment elsewhere. Likewise, the contract must not contain educational clauses or similar that require you to reimburse the company’s expenses for the education if the education is discontinued, or if you change employment after completing the Industrial PhD project.
Innovation Fund Denmark is offering a new, mandatory course for all Industrial PhD students. The course is run by CBS. The general purpose of the course is to prepare the Industrial PhD students for the role as industrial researcher during and after the studies.
The Industrial PhD course and its content is designed for you, as a student, to follow at the start of your Industrial PhD education, and you will make the most of the course by participating early in your project. Accordingly we encourage you to sign up for the first upcoming course after your project start.
Please be aware: The course is only accessible for Industrial PhD's approved from the first round of 2017 and forth.
The course dates for 2019 are as follows:
- Module 1: 1-2 April 2019
- Module 2-4: 30-31 October 2019
- Module 5: 2 April 2020
CBS runs the course. Training, facilities and administration in relation to the course are conducted in collaboration with Innovation Fund Denmark.
The subgoals of the course are
- That the Industrial PhD student acquires practical and theoretical tools for managing a research project that involves academic and business cultures and often does not have a clear hierarchical structure
- That the Industrial PhD student acquires tools for manoeuvering in academic and commercial environments and getting the best of both worlds
- That the Industrial PhD student acquires tools for converting their own and others’ research into innovation and business value
- That the Industrial PhD student gets to understand their potential impact as an industrial researcher and the impact of the project in a company and society perspective, and becomes capable of acting in this regard
- That the Industrial PhD student creates a professional and social network with other Industrial PhD students
The course makes up 5 ECTS points and is mandatory for all approved Industrial PhD students. The course consists of five modules. Two of these - module 1 and 5 - are mandatory for everyone, while each individual student in addition chooses onw of the three other modules - module 2, 3 or 4.
Accordingly, the student participates in three modules across a one-year period from the start of the Industrial PhD project.
Two of the modules are residential modules, where all students from the same course are together, regardless of module choice.
The Guidelines for Industrial Postdoc is the document that establishes the terms for Industrial Postdoc application, project structure and financing. You can find the guidelines down below.
Regular Industrial Postdoc
- Tuesday 30 April at 12 CET
- Tuesday 24 September at 12 CET
Public sector Industrial Postdoc
- Tuesday 8 October at 12 CET
An Industrial Postdoc must receive at least the total salary (salary + pension) of a postdoc employed at a university. The AC collective agreement (DK: ‘AC-overenskomsten’) regulates salary levels for postdoc employees, whose salaries are determined in accordance with the collective agreement’s §4 and §8 and receive a fixed salary supplement of DKK 4,345,40 a month. Per 1 October 2018 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:
Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 35,093.03
Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 35,093.03
Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 37,419.41
Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 39,541.07
Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 41,631.50
Salary seniority is determined by the period of time the postdoc employee has been employed with work that requires an academic education. Since a postdoc employee typically has at least 3 years of PhD employment already, they usually start on salary level 5 or above.
The collectively agreed salary is a minimum salary. As an Industrial Postdoc, you can negotiate a higher salary. In general you should view your Industrial Postdoc employment like any other type of employment with regard to negotiating employment terms. This means that you can also negotiate holidays, paternal leave etc. As a minimum, the employment must be on terms for salaried employees (DK: funktionærbetingelser). Also note that any non-competition clauses or similar in the employment contract must not limit the Industrial Postdoc’s possibilities for employment elsewhere.
The Effect of the Industrial PhD Programme on Employment and Income
Publiceringsdato: 10. juli 2013
Udgiver: Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation
En undersøgelse af beskæftigelsen for henholdsvis ErhvervsPhD’er og ordinære ph.d.‹er viser, at beskæftigelsen for begge grupper generelt er høj. Undersøgelsen viser ligeledes, at ErhvervsPhD’er typisk er ansat i den private sektor i specialiststillinger med høje lønninger, mens ordinære ph.d.‹er typisk ansættes i det offentlige og således også har lavere lønninger. Desuden viser undersøgelsen, at beskæftigelsen blandt færdige ErhvervsPhD’er er høj. Rapporten er på engelsk med et dansk resumé.
Hent publikation (pdf)
ErhvervsPhD-ordningen - en videnindsamling
Publiceringsdato: 19. marts 2013
Udgiver: Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation
Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation har gennemført en videnindsamling for at lære mere om, hvordan studerende og vejledere oplever at indgå i ErhvervsPhD-ordningen, og om hvordan projekterne er organiseret i praksis.
Hent publikation (pdf)
Analysis of the Industrial PhD Programme
Publiceringsdato: 23. februar 2011
Internet ISBN: 978-87-92372-65-9
Udgiver: Styrelsen for Forskning og Innovation
En effektmåling af ErhvervsPhD-ordningen viser, at virksomheder, der har ErhvervsPhD’er, har væsentligt højere vækst i bruttoprofit, patentering og beskæftigelse end virksomheder uden. Samtidig tjener færdige ErhvervsPhD’er mere i løn og er oftere ansat i lederstillinger end almindelige ph.d.‹er, men er i lidt lavere grad beskæftiget med forskning og udvikling.
Hent publikation (pdf)
ErhvervsPhD - Et effektivt redskab for innovation og videnspredning
Publiceringsdato: 29. marts 2007
Internet ISBN: 978-87-920-8116-2
Udgiver: Rådet for Teknologi og Innovation
Hent publikation (pdf)
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