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Grant for undertaking Industrial Doctorates in the Comunidad de Madrid

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Ayudas para la realización de Doctorados Industriales en la Comunidad de Madrid
2017 to 2021
Policy objectives Plus
3.3. Promotion of science, education, PhD studies and S&T career awareness
Presentation of the measure:

The Industrial Doctorates are defined as planned research studies aimed at acquiring new knowledge and skills that can be useful to develop new products, processes or services, or that allow to considerably improve existing ones. Based on a triple premise: excellence, attractive work environment and quality control,industrial doctorates include other complementary aspects such as multidisciplinary research, collaborative opportunities, as well as exposure to the industry and other sectors that have influence on the different entrepreneurial skills that will obtain doctors, such as communication, teamwork, entrepreneurship, management economic, financial and time, etc.
The objectives that are intended with these grants are the following:

  • Promote effective collaboration and knowledge transfer between the academia and the productive tissue ;
  • Promote the recruitment of young researchers to develop projects in companies, allowing them  and  to obtain  an Industrial Doctorate in strategic sectors;
  • Enable the professional incorporation of these young doctors to companies once they have finished, opening  new professional opportunities.
  • Strengthen the lines of research and competitiveness of Madrid-based companies to develop industrial projects together with Universities, Organisms, Public Research or Hospital Foundations.
Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 250000025000002500000
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

In previous calls more than 100 applications have been submitted each year. However, evaluations on the impact of the measure have not been carried out yet. 

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

The cooperation between academia and business will enhance the knowledge transfer and better prepare the future Industrial Doctorates, whom will profit from the practical training and the theoretical knowledge in their professional career.  Moreover, they will have first-hand knowledge of the demands of the market and how it works as well as the latest trends in research, allowing them to be better positioned to anticipate and meet the future needs of the productive tissue.
The existence of these mediators will also promote a closer collaboration between the organisations. In fact, both the academic and business environment, will benefit as much as the own doctorates from this measure. They will also be aware of the importance and the advantages that bring innovation and ultimately, will contribute to create high-quality employment that will prevent the brain drain happening in recent years.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible
Evaluation report(s)