Industrial Doctorates (ID)

Doctoral training with significant involvement of the non-academic sector.

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The objective of Industrial Doctorates is to involve the non-academic sector in doctoral training.

An Industrial Doctorate must be composed of at least three beneficiaries established in three different Member States or Associated Countries of which at least one beneficiary is established in a Member State.

Academic institutions whose sole responsibility it is to award the doctoral degree do not necessarily need to be beneficiaries of the project, but they must be included as associated partners linked to the beneficiary.

The doctoral candidates to be recruited in an Industrial Doctorate must:

  • be enrolled in a doctoral programme,
  • be supervised jointly by an academic and non-academic institution,
  • spend at least 50% of their time in the non-academic sector.

Funding is calculated on the number of eligible person months in the form of unit costs. A maximum of 540 person months per consortium can be requested for a consortium of three or more institutions (beneficiaries).

Not more than 40% of the EU contribution may be allocated to beneficiaries in the same country or to one single international organisation.

Proposals will be evaluated in eight scientific panels. Applicants have to indicate the respective panel for the evaluation.


Proposals submitted to the previous call of MSCA Doctoral Networks under Horizon Europe and having received a score of less than 80% must not be resubmitted the following year.