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Industrial PhD

What is an Industrial PhD?

An Industrial PhD is a three-year industrially focused research project and PhD study that is carried out in a collaboration between a company, an Industrial PhD student and a university. The Industrial PhD is employed by a Danish company and at the same time enrolled at a university. The student shares her/his working time between the company and the university and spends all his/her work time on the Industrial PhD project and the education.

 

Rules and Guidelines

“Industrial PhD” and “Industrial Postdoc” constitute Innovation Fund Denmark’s “Industrial Researcher Programme”, which contributes to ensuring its objective of creating growth and employment in Denmark.

Read more about the rules and guidelines for the Industrial Researcher Programme here:

Industrial PhD: https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For further information: Tel:6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk


For Students:

Can I do an Industrial PhD?

Innovation Fund Denmark has different criteria for admission as a PhD student, including average grades and grades for the Master’s thesis/final project. Read more in the guidelines:
https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

GSST (PhD school at ST - Graduate School of Science and Technology) has different criteria for admission as a PhD student, and these also apply to Industrial PhDs. You can read more at the GSST website: http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/application-guide/

How do I get started?

You can read more about the Industrial PhD programme here:

Innovation Fund Denmark: https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For further Information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk
GSST: http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/industrial-phd-programme/ 

You can contact a potential supervisor at the department, this could be your former supervisor, a supervisor who works within a specific research area or a supervisor who you know has previously guided Industrial PhD students and ask whether he/she is interested in an Industrial PhD. You can also contact a private company working within your focus area and ask whether they would consider employing an Industrial PhD.

Who can be my supervisor?

An Industrial PhD student has at least three supervisors - a supervisor at the university, who must be permanently employed at minimum associate professor or senior researcher level, and a supervisor and co-supervisor in the company. Additional supervisors can be attached to the project, if it makes scientific sense to do so. The supervisor at the university is the main supervisor and takes formal responsibility for the project.

How do I find a supervisor?

You can contact a potential supervisor at the department, for instance:

  • Your thesis supervisor
  • A supervisor who works within a specific research area that you find interestin, or
  • A supervisor who you know has previously guided Industrial PhD students

and ask whether he/she would be interested in supervising an Industrial PhD.

How do I find a company?

You have various options:

  • A potential supervisor may have contacts with interested companies
  • You can contact a company yourself

Guide to the application process

The company applies to Innovation Fund Denmark, and you apply to the GSST for admission as an Industrial PhD: http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/application-guide/

Application deadlines at Innovation Fund Denmark: Every year Innovation Fund Denmark regularly announces the application deadlines for the following year. Read more here:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

Application deadlines at GSST: There are four annual application deadlines - 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November.

Before the company can submit an application to Innovation Fund Denmark, the Industrial PhD candidate must have forwarded an application to GSST and been granted a conditional approval. It is therefore important to be aware of the various deadlines, so that the application process can be optimally coordinated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rikke J. Ljungmann at GSST:
http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/industrial-phd-programme/ 

Brief information about the process - contract

When the Industrial PhD project has been approved, GSST assists in meeting the formal requirements. Furthermore, a contract between AU and the company must be elaborated, with which the AU Corporate Relations and Technology Transfer can be of assistance. GSST will inform you of this.

For Companies:

How do I find a suitable candidate to join an industrial research project?

There are several different ways to find a candidate. Here are some examples:

  • A person already employed by the company.
  • Through the department’s network; for example, the university supervisor may know a potential candidate.
  • Industrial project

Advertise for candidates in Innovation Fund Denmark’s LinkedIn group: https://www.linkedin.com/groups/3828085/profile

How do I get in contact with the university?

You have various options:

  • You can contact the department's academic coordinator

How do I find a supervisor?

You can:

  • Use your network at the department and already established research contacts.
  • Contact the department's academic coordinator

Guide to the application process

The company must apply to Innovation Fund Denmark through the E-grant. Read more in Innovation Fund Denmark’s guidelines - both about how to apply and how the application is assessed:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

and the Industrial PhD student must apply to the GSST for admission as an Industrial PhD: http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/application-guide/

Application deadlines at Innovation Fund Denmark: Every year Innovation Fund Denmark regularly announces the application deadlines for the following year. Read more here:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

Application deadlines at GSST: There are four annual application deadlines - 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November.

Before the company can submit an application to Innovation Fund Denmark, the Industrial PhD student must have forwarded an application to GSST and been granted a conditional approval. It is therefore important to be aware of the various deadlines, so that the application process can be optimally coordinated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rikke J. Ljungmann at GSST: http://scitech.au.dk/en/collaboration/business-collaboration/collaboration-with-undergraduates-and-phd-students/phd-collaboration-and-industrial-phd/

What is the size of an Industrial PhD grant?

Innovation Fund Denmark finances part of the company’s expenses for the Industrial PhD student’s salary and travels and covers the university’s project costs.

Presently (August 2018), Innovation Fund Denmark will finance up to DKK 17,000 per month of the Industrial PhD student’s salary for three years. The company will have DKK 100,000 at its disposal for the Industrial PhD student’s

  • Travels (and project-relevant national and international conferences and stays abroad) .
  • Participation in PhD courses that give ECTS credits and are not offered at the host university.

For the last updated grant amounts, see Innovation Fund Denmark's guidelines:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

Rules and guidelines - Innovation Fund Denmark

Read more at Innovation Fund Denmark’s website: https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

Leaflet about Industrial PhD

For general information about the Industrial PhD programmer at AU, read more here: http://scitech.au.dk/en/collaboration/business-collaboration/collaboration-with-undergraduates-and-phd-students/phd-collaboration-and-industrial-phd/

For Researchers:

How do I get started?

You can read more about the Industrial PhD programme here:

Innovation Fund Denmark: https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

GSST: http://talent.au.dk/fileadmin/talent.au.dk/SciTech/Erhvervs_ph.d/AU-folder_Erhvervsforsker_-_eng_version.pdf and http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/industrial-phd-programme/ 

You can contact a company working within your area of interest and ask whether they would consider employing an Industrial PhD.

You can contact a potential Industrial PhD candidate.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rikke J. Ljungmann at GSST: http://scitech.au.dk/en/collaboration/business-collaboration/collaboration-with-undergraduates-and-phd-students/phd-collaboration-and-industrial-phd/

How do I find a company?

You have various options. You may, for example:

  • Use your network and already existing company contacts.
  • Contact some of your former students working in companies relevant for collaboration through an Industrial PhD.
  • Contact a company directly.

How do I find a student?

You have various options. You may, for example:

  • Use your network to search for an Industrial PhD candidate.
  • Contact some of your former students working in companies relevant for collaboration through an Industrial PhD.
  • Contact some of your current Master's thesis students.
  • If you have agreed with a company on applying to Innovation Fund Denmark for Industrial PhD funding, you can advertise for an Industrial PhD candidate through a specific call at GSST. Contact GSST about this.

What is the process - how to apply?

The company must apply to Innovation Fund Denmark through the E-grant. Read more in Innovation Fund Denmark’s guidelines - both about how to apply and how the application is assessed:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

and the Industrial PhD candidate must apply to the GSST for admission as an Industrial PhD: http://talent.au.dk/phd/scienceandtechnology/application-guide/

Application deadlines at Innovation Fund Denmark: Every year Innovation Fund Denmark regularly announces the application deadlines for the following year. Read more here:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

Application deadlines at GSST: There are four annual application deadlines - 1 February, 1 May, 1 August and 1 November.

Before the company can submit an application to Innovation Fund Denmark, the Industrial PhD student must have forwarded an application to GSST and been granted a conditional approval. It is therefore important to be aware of the various deadlines, so that the application process can be optimally coordinated.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rikke J. Ljungmann at GSST: http://scitech.au.dk/en/collaboration/business-collaboration/collaboration-with-undergraduates-and-phd-students/phd-collaboration-and-industrial-phd/

Leaflet about Industrial PhD

For general information about the Industrial PhD programmer at AU, read more here: http://scitech.au.dk/en/collaboration/business-collaboration/collaboration-with-undergraduates-and-phd-students/phd-collaboration-and-industrial-phd/

What are the grant amounts?

Innovation Fund Denmark finances part of the company's expenses for the Industrial PhD student’s salary and travels and covers the university’s project costs.

Presently (August 2018), Innovation Fund Denmark will finance up to DKK 17,000 per month of the Industrial PhD student’s salary for three years. The company will have DKK 100,000 at its disposal for the Industrial PhD student’s

  • Travels (and project-relevant national and international conferences and stays abroad).
  • Participation in PhD courses that give ECTS credits and are not offered at the host university.

At the same time, Innovation Fund Denmark provides DKK 360,000 to the university, of which some will be distributed as overheads to the department and as a contribution to GSST (e.g. for payment of expenses in connection with the defence, the qualifying examination and generic PhD courses). Read more about the distribution of the grant to the university here: http://phd.au.dk/fileadmin/grads.au.dk/ST/Quick_guides/erhvervs_ph.d/Quick_Guide_to_the_Industrial_PhD_-_supervisors_-_final_vers7_-_eng.pdf

For the last updated grant amounts, see Innovation Fund Denmark's guidelines:  https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk

Contact at AU:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Rikke J. Ljungmann at GSST: http://scitech.au.dk/en/collaboration/business-collaboration/collaboration-with-undergraduates-and-phd-students/phd-collaboration-and-industrial-phd/

Rules and guidelines - Innovation Fund Denmark

You can find more information at Innovation Fund Denmark’s website: https://innovationsfonden.dk/en/programmes/industrial-researcher
For furthher information: tel 6190 5002, mail: erhvervsforsker@innofond.dk