The objective of European Industrial Doctorates is to involve the non-academic sector in doctoral training, especially enterprises.
An EID must be composed of at least two partners (beneficiaries) established in two different Member States or Associated Countries. At least one partner must come from the non-academic sector, primarily an enterprise.
Academic institutions entitled to award doctoral degrees do not necessarily need to be partners (beneficiaries) of the consortium, but at least one academic institution entitled to award doctoral degrees must be included as a partner organization in the project.
The early-stage researchers to be recruited in a EID must:
- be enrolled in a doctoral programme,
- be supervised jointly by the academic and the non-academic institution,
- spend 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 partners (beneficiaries) and a maximum of 180 person months for a consortium of only two partners (beneficiaries).
EID proposals are evaluated in a specific panel (EID Panel).