In the years 2020 to 2022 companies located in Greenland or the Faroe Islands are invited to submit proposals for Industrial PhD projects. The projects will build on cooperation with a university, that is in charge of the PhD education, and can be located anywhere in the world.
Please follow the current Guidelines for Industrial PhD projects – with the one exemption, that the applying company must be located in Greenland or the Faroe Islands, not Denmark. A total of 5.1 million DKK are earmarked for this type of projects, corresponding to about one funded project per year. If you want to respond to this special call, please choose “Special call: Greenland and the Faroe Islands” on the first page of the online application sheet.
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.
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.
Industrial PhD in the private sector
30 April 2020, 12.00 pm.
17 September 2020, 12.00 pm.
Industrial PhD in the public sector
30 September 2020, 12.00 pm.
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.
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
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: 20-21 April 2020
- Module 2: 26-27 October 2020
- Module 3: 8 April 2021
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.