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Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships

The importance of science-based evidence for policy making is increasingly recognised by decision makers and finds resonance in academia. In order to enhance the science-policy link, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) is offering a new Collaborative Doctoral Partnership (CDP) scheme to higher education institutions to benefit from a strategic, win-win collaboration with the JRC.

The scheme will allow universities to gain a better understanding of research needs throughout the policy cycle while at the same time providing the JRC with innovative research input and exchange of information with leading academic institutions in the field.

Call for expression of interest


  • Call for expression of interest in PhD Studies Universidad Polit√©cnica de Madrid
    • Thematic field: Energy and transport modelling
    • Topics:
      • Transport networks, markets and competition (all transport modes)
      • Big Data and mobility
      • Impacts of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles on the transport system
      • Transport Modelling
      • Transport and Land Use, accessibility, connectivity
      • External costs of transport
    • Application deadline: 14 June 2019

    Thematic fields

    Higher education institutions from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020 applied in the following six thematic fields:

    More information, evaluation criteria and background information (PDF).


    The objective of the CDP is to establish strategic collaborations in these fields with higher education institutions characterised by research excellence and international reputation in the field in order to:

    • train a new generation of doctoral graduates in science and technology with a focus on the science-policy interface, able to understand the research needs at different stages of the policy cycle, capable of providing scientific support to policy and of using transferable skills in science communication and knowledge management.
    • co-develop, co-host and co-supervise doctoral studies between higher education institutions and the JRC
    • strengthen collaboration between the JRC and higher education institutions by promoting mutual enhancement of related skills and competences, combining existing knowledge and capacities, and enhancing networking in key scientific areas.

    Collaborative agreements

    The JRC has signed CDP Collaboration Agreements with the following Universities:

    • University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Computer Sciences, for the area of machine learning
    • University KU Leuven, for the areas of soil and land use, bio-economy and forest, machine learning and genomics and bioinformatics
    • University College Dublin (UCD) for the areas of machine learning and genomics and bioinformatics 
    • University Pontifical Commillas, Madrid,  for the area of energy and transport modelling
    • University Zilina, SK, for the area of energy and transport modelling
    • University of Zvolen, SK, for the area of bio-economy and forest 
    • University Versailles, LSCE, France, for the area of soil and land use
    • Utrecht University, faculty of geosciences for the area of energy and transport modelling
    • Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, Centro de investigacion del transporte TRANSYT, area of energy and transport modelling

    The agreements have been signed following applications received for a call for expression of interest (closed) to participate in the CDP pilot.


    • New call for expression of interest after summer.
    • Updates on collaborative agreements.

    Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

    /jrc/en/file/document/171443Download the PDF