Opening for applications:
13 August 2020 - 17 September 2020

Industrial PhD: All areas (private sector)

Industrial PhD projects create commercial benefits for companies, strengthen universities’ relationships with the industry and allow students to see their research applied in real life.


Collaboration between a private company, a university and an Industrial PhD student.


Co-financing the company’s expenses for the student’s salary and travel activities as well as the university’s expenses for the project.

How much?

Up to DKK 17,000 per month to the Industrial PhD student’s salary. Up to DKK 100,000 for the company’s expenses for the student’s travel activities and participation in courses. Fix amount of DKK 360,000 (incl. overhead) for the university.

Application proces
13 August 2020, 12.00 at noon
Open for applications
17 September 2020, 12.00 at noon
Application deadline

Industrial PhD applications must be submitted via e-grant

In the application template you will be asked to enter information about the project and the project participants and upload a number of appendices in  PDF format, e.g the project description.

It must be the company supervisor of the project who starts the application. Afterwards the company supervisor will be able to let others work on the application in the system.

Please note: The application deadline is at 12 noon.

These appendices must always be uploaded with the application:

  • A project description (including descriptions of the company and the university)
  • CV for each supervisor, max. two pages
    • CV for company supervisors must state educations
    • CV for university supervisors must include a list of selected publications and ORCID.
  • Signatures
  • CV and complete exam diplomas for the Industrial PhD (both the Master’s degree and the Bachelor’s degree)
  • If the education is nonDanish: Documentation for the ranking  of the candidate in the graduation class for the study program for the master’s and bachelor’s degrees combined

Please use the templates below for the project description, the grade calculation and signatures. Below you can also find a FAQ about the assessment of Educations for Industrial PhD and a general FAQ about the Industrial Researcher programmes

You may apply without a candidate. If the projects is approved you must find a candidate afterwards. If you apply without an Industrial PhD candidate you must upload empty appendices instead of appendices with the candidate information.

Industrial PhD
What is an 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?

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.

Guidelines for Industrial PhD projects

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.


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 2020 the total monthly salary levels, incl. pension and supplement, are as follows, based on seniority:

  • Year 1, salary level 4: DKK 32.078
  • Year 2, salary level 4: DKK 32.078
  • Year 3, salary level 5: DKK 34.465
  • Year 4, salary level 6: DKK 36.643
  • Year 5, salary level 8: DKK 38.788

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 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.

We advise you to seek consultation on the salary level with an HR specialist or with a union within the sector and the above salary levels are indicative.

Kick-off for new projects


If your application is approved, your Industrial PhD, the main supervisor of the company and the main supervisor of the university must participate in a joint Kick-off event.

The planned event on August 25 has been cancelled. Stay informed on this site, which will be updated when we have scheduled a new date

Read more about the next kick-off event

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Industrial PhD course

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.

Course dates

The course dates for 2019 are as follows:

  • Module 1: 20-21 April 2020
  • Module 2: 26-27 October 2020
  • Module 3: 8 April 2021

Sign up here

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.
  • acquires tools for manoeuvering in academic and commercial environments and getting the best of both worlds.
  • acquires tools for converting their own and others’ research into innovation and business value.
  • 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.
  • creates a professional and social network with other Industrial PhD students.

The course makes up 5 ECTS points and consists of three modules. All three modules are mandatory for all approved Industrial PhD students.

Accordingly, the student participates in three modules across a one-year period from the start of the Industrial PhD project.


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