Doctoral Grants in companies

Contact person 
Deolinda Silva
Innovation Agency
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
Direct support of business R&D (grants and loans)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Doctoral Grants in companies
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
All companies
Higher education institutions (education function)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
What is the aim/objective? 
This programme is aimed at attracting doctoral students to focusing their dissertation on issues relevant for firms, and to undertake them in a firm context. In this sense a strategy of cooperation between companies and Universities is encouraged.
Give an overview of the instrument 
Recognising the lack of cooperation between Universities and companies as well as the weak investment in R&D by private companies, this programme is intended to promote the linkages between these two types of institutions through of the development of doctoral research in business environments and in topics relevant for companies competitiveness.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Thursday, January 1, 2004
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
Evidence to evaluate the success of this programme is limited. Several doctoral internships in companies have been very successful, but it is difficult to generalise from anedoctal evidence.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?