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Industrial Doctoral School for Research and Innovation

The 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.

Financing of doctoral student in collaborative projects

The Industrial Doctoral School (IDS) at Umeå University calls for applications for funding of doctoral research projects and seed money to establish collaborations. The application can be submitted until 30 September 2021. Closing date is subject to change. Applications are processed on an ongoing basis and decisions are made at a subsequent steering group meeting.

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In partnership with either companies, third-sector or public-sector organisations, PhD candidates 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 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 50 partner companies and organisations. Together, we can identify how your operation can benefit from a high-quality research initiative.

We have a close collaboration with Umeå University Research Support and Collaboration Office

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About the Industrial Doctoral School

IDS aims to promote collaboration with private-sector, third-sector and public-sector organisations in order to:

  • strengthen research and development
  • increase doctoral candidates' employability, independence and innovative capacity
  • increase knowledge and innovation in society

Participation in an IDS project involves researcher, supervisor and mentor joining a study 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.

Call for application for project funding and seed money is open

IDS calls for applications for funding of doctoral research projects and seed money to establish collaborations.

Doctoral research projects will be funded jointly by the university and an external partner; each part will contribute 50 percent of the doctoral candidate’s salary. IDS also announces seed money for researchers in order to establish and develop a collaboration with an external party, with the aim of submitting an application to IDS doctoral candidate project.

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Being a PhD student at IDS

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.

International Exchanges

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 students from each of these member institutions.

Organisation

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.

Associate Professor Patrik Rydén serves as IDS' director since 2020. Coordinator is Charlotta Sundin.

Doctoral projects

PhD projects IDS14
PhD projects IDS14

Nine projects started in IDS14. Five of the doctoral students have defended their dissertations.

PhD projects IDS16
PhD projects IDS16

12 projects are underway in IDS16, soon the doctoral students will start defending their dissertations.

PhD projects IDS18
PhD projects IDS18

Fifteen projects are underway in the IDS18 group that started in 2018.

PhD projects in IDS 20
PhD projects in IDS 20

Eight PhD projects are starting in IDS20.

Scientific publications
Scientific publications

Our doctoral students continuously publish scientific articles. We collect them on this page.

New dissertations
New dissertations

Here you can read press releases about the latest dissertations from the Industrial Doctoral School.

Latest news

Metal contamination of aquatic environments also threatens birds on land
Metal contamination of aquatic environments also threatens birds on land

Johan Lidman shows in his dissertation that metals in water have negative effects on insect-eating birds.

“The industry also needs academia”
“The industry also needs academia”

CHECK brings together Umeå researchers and the largest Swedish industries in cement and quick lime production.

In the interaction, new ideas are born at the Industrial Doctoral School
In the interaction, new ideas are born at the Industrial Doctoral School

The Industrial Doctoral School welcomes current, past and future partners to a large workshop 24 October.

Collaboration for future research
Collaboration for future research

Focus at the workshop was research collaboration and boundaries between academia and the business community.

New chipping method leads to more efficient use of wood material
New chipping method leads to more efficient use of wood material

The first steps can be important to increase the yield from forest raw material, says Jessica Gard Timmerfors.

New advanced treatment technology improves wastewater quality
New advanced treatment technology improves wastewater quality

Majid studies the electro-peroxone process by which increased removal of pollutants in wastewater is achieved.

Alumni portrait

The Industrial Doctoral School is more than just business
The Industrial Doctoral School is more than just business

"The Industrial Doctoral School will always be close to my heart,” remarks Kristina Sehlin MacNeil.

Business contacts led to a job after graduation
Business contacts led to a job after graduation

Jonas Westberg was one of the first doctoral students at IDS. Today, he works in the industry in Norway.

“The best thing about IDS is the mixed disciplines”
“The best thing about IDS is the mixed disciplines”

Johan Iraeus does research on preventing and mitigating vehicle collision injuries at Chalmers.

The Industrial Doctoral School gave new perspectives
The Industrial Doctoral School gave new perspectives

What happened to physician Steven Shen after graduating from the Industrial Doctoral School?