Umeå University’s Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation (IDS) opens up opportunities for collaboration between university researchers and the private and public sectors through jointly-funded research projects.
Funding of 16 doctoral research projects are up for application by October 2 at the latest.
In partnership with either companies, third-sector or public-sector organisations, researchers accepted to the school work for four years to answer a research question that is both of mutual interest to the partners and important to future progress. These projects maintain a high level of scientific quality and also generate public benefit, thereby laying a foundation for competitiveness and operational development.
IDS doctoral candidates form part of a multidisciplinary research group and undertake a specially-designed, generic skills-based course package during the programme that prepares them for work outside of academia.
To date, IDS has trained a large number of researchers in collaboration with more than 30 partner companies and organisations, including LKAB, Domsjö Fabriker, Akzo-Nobel, AstraZeneca, the National Association of Swedish Sami, PwC, Skellefteå Kraft AB and the Swedish Performing Arts Agency.
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IDS aims to promote such collaboration with private-sector, third-sector and public-sector organisations in order to:
Participation in an IDS project involves researchers, supervisors and mentors joining a group consisting of members representing various subject areas and scientific disciplines.
IDS both trains future researchers and creates a valuable network connecting Umeå University, the private sector and the community. We also work to establish new partnerships and to realise project ideas for future collaborative projects.
IDS accepts project proposals from all of the university's scientific disciplines. Approved projects must concern a collaboration between university researchers and employees at an external organisation, such as a company or public-sector organisation. They are financed jointly by the university and the external partner, who contributes 50 per cent of the doctoral candidate's salary.
Researchers accepted to IDS join an interdisciplinary group of doctoral candidates in addition to their ordinary research group based at their respective departments. This group studies a course package corresponding to 15 ECTS credits to improve its members' collaboration skills and to prepare them for working life by providing them with generic competencies, in addition to those they already possess within their chosen scientific field.
IDS postgraduate appointments also include a three-month job placement at an external organisation. Combined, these two features provide a solid foundation for each individual to undertake professional work within research and development.
Umeå University's Industrial Doctoral School forms part of the European network known as European Industrial Doctoral School (E.I.D.S.), together with universities in the Czech Republic, Belgium, Portugal and Wales. Each year, E.I.D.S. holds and international workshop for participating doctoral candidates from each of these member institutions.
IDS is managed by a steering committee and, from an organisational standpoint, operates under the direct oversight of the university's vice-chancellor. The current committee chairperson is also the deputy vice-chancellor, with special responsibility for research and research education within the social sciences and the humanities.
The steering committee also consists of teaching staff representing the university's four faculties, as well as three representatives from external stakeholders – both private and public.
Professor Anna Linusson Jonsson has served as IDS' director since 2014.
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A new batch of IDS students are getting together for a two-day workshop.
Umeå University’s Industrial Doctoral School (IDS) is celebrating its first decade of successful activities.
The Industrial Doctoral School is now kicking off 12 new doctoral projects with 10 new industrial partners.