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Friday, 19 September 2014

ICN2, Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster - Bellaterra and B30 support the Catalan Government's Industry PhD Programme

The Industry PhD Programme is a strategic initiative of the Catalonian government, in collaboration with public and private universities, to increase the competitiveness and global presence of Catalan industry, to keep local talent in Catalonia and to enable doctoral students to do R&D projects in companies.

Thanks to the Industry PhD Programme, PhD students do their doctoral thesis project at a company, in collaboration with a university or research centre. The research project will be in line with the Company's strategy, and will be associated with a research group at a university, research centre or hospital research foundation. All PhDs earned under the Programme will receive the qualification of Industry PhD. Also, the project directors at the Company, and the student's thesis supervisor(s), will receive recognition for their participation in the Programme.

The Generalitat de Catalunya (Catalan Government) will fund the Programme through two schemes: Co-funded Industry PhD Projects and Specifically Funded Industry PhD Projects. It is a great opportunity for companies to attract highly-qualified individuals familiar with their sector and gain access to top-notch equipment, facilities, tools and researchers, while enjoying special tax advantages. Students will find in the programme special training and access to international job opportunities, a high-added-value R&D project and constant guidance and input from industry and university professionals. It is a great opportunity for all actors involved.

The Barcelona Nanotechnology Cluster, in Bellaterra (BNC-b), is promoting the participation in the Programme through special support from the Catalan Institute of Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (ICN2), which is a Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence, and the B30 Area Association. With help from their research groups, these centres will participate in the coordination of projects and train students and companies on the value of the projects. The BNC-b was created in 2007 and comprises research centres and associated companies endowed with the knowledge, experience and resources needed to work in the field of nanotechnology. BCN-b represents an initiative to coordinate capacities and force in nanotechnology in one same geographic area with the aim to optimise resources.

Yesterday, members from the ICN2 Knowledge and Technology Transfer Department, managed by Jordi Reverter, presented the Program in the Innovar X Creixer event organized by the City Halls of Barbera and Sant Quirze del Valles. The Program will be presented again during the VIII AIN Meeting on Industrial Applications of Nanotechnology, on September 30th at the Llotja de Mar in Barcelona.

Learn more about the Industry PhD Programme at the BNC-b special pages or at the Generalitat de Catalunya's official website.