Focus on the industrial researcher scheme

As part of our efforts to strengthen links with the business community, Aarhus University is sharpening its focus on the industrial researcher scheme under Innovation Fund Denmark as an attractive option for both businesses and researchers.

2018.06.06 | Christina Troelsen

[Translate to English:] Aarhus Universitet har udgivet en ny folder med titlen "Erhvervsforsker - et tæt samarbejde mellem virksomhed og universitet". Folderen er målrettet både virksomheder og forskere, og findes både på dansk og engelsk. Grafik: AU

Aarhus University has published a new leaflet entitled "Industrial Researcher - a close collaboration between Company and University". The leaflet is aimed at both businesses and researchers, and it is available in Danish and English. Graphic: AU

Through the industrial researcher scheme, Innovation Fund Denmark provides support for business-oriented PhD projects and business-oriented postdoc projects. Projects are carried out in close collaboration with a company, and the PhD student or researcher is employed by the company throughout the entire period.

There is an unexploited potential in this attractive scheme for the University and for the business community, and therefore this new focus will generate greater visibility for the scheme, among other things through a new leaflet and direct contact with companies.

An industrial PhD allows for close and focused collaboration between development-oriented companies and research environments at the University, and the objective of the scheme is to help generate knowledge and growth for the benefit of society as a whole.

Søren R. Keiding is the vice-dean for research and business collaboration at Science and Technology, and he believes that the University should be better at exploiting the opportunities provided by the industrial PhD scheme.

“The industrial PhD scheme is an excellent lever to increase collaboration between businesses and the University.  It helps to move university research directly out to companies and it makes companies' technology and production facilities more visible at the universities," says Søren Keiding.

"At the same time, the scheme is also an attractive platform from which the individual student can set the foundation for a future research career at the company or at the University," he adds.

An industrial PhD project can be a good way of getting a long-term partnership started, as well as advancing the results of previous collaborative projects.

Industrial PhD students are enrolled at a graduate school and divide their working hours between a company and the University.

New leaflet on the industrial PhD scheme

Aarhus University has published a new leaflet entitled "Industrial Researcher - a close collaboration between Company and University". The leaflet is aimed at both businesses and researchers, and it is available in Danish and English. The leaflet has been sent out to departments and centres at ST, and researchers are very welcome to use it actively when they contact companies.

Read the leaflet here:

See also Science and Technology's website.

 

For more information, please contact:

Søren Keiding
Vice-dean
Email: keiding@au.dk
Tel. +45 28992061

Rikke J. Ljungmann
Special Consultant, PhD partner
Email: rjl@au.dk
Tel: +45 60202605

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