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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.

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.


The Call for Expression of Interest to participate in the CDP pilot on the following six thematic fields is now open:

Higher education institutions from EU Member States and countries associated to Horizon 2020 can apply. For more information read the full call text, the evaluation criteria and background information on the research of the JRC in the respective fields.

How to apply

To apply, please complete the application form and send to the following email address by 15 March 2017: jrc-cdp@ec.europa.eu

Frequently asked questions (FAQs)

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