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 [1].

The objective of the CDP is to establish strategic collaborations with higher education institutions characterised by research excellence and international reputation in the field in order to [1] :

  • 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.

Under the collaborative scheme, there will be no money transfer between the JRC and Higher Education Institutions. According to the collaborative scheme, the selected PhD students will be working on their PhD program partially at their University and partially at one of the JRC sites. While being in the JRC, students will be employed on the basis of temporary contracts and in line with the European Commission rules and regulations. This will include their salary and budget for execution of the work (use of laboratories and materials), including work related missions. JRC does not fund the student or the university when the student is not under contract with JRC [2].