Industrial Graduate Schools

The Industrial Graduate Schools programme provides universities with the opportunity to carry out postgraduate programmes in a field where there are both scientific strengths and development opportunities for the business sector. The programme enables the construction of strong, integrated research and education environments, at the same time as participating companies are given access to their own research competence in the relevant fields.

How Industrial Graduate Schools contribute to the development of Integrated Research and Education Environments (Kompletta miljöer):

Industrial Graduate Schools provides the opportunity to develop and strengthen postgraduate programmes at the university that are carried out in collaboration with the business sector. The collaboration that this programme makes possible also contributes to strengthening relationships between academia and the business sector, which can make positive contributions to research and development activities and educational operations at the university, as well as to the companies’ operations.

About the programme

The Knowledge Foundation Industrial Graduate Schools programme aims to meet the needs of the business sector for research competence through postgraduate programmes carried out in co-production. Apart from a formal supervisor at the university, individual doctoral students always have a mentor at a company. In most cases, the doctoral student is employed at the company. The programme also aims to provide the university with the opportunity to develop postgraduate programmes that contribute to strengthening the research and educational environment, as well as to profiling the university.

The programme’s contribution to the university’s development

Industrial graduate schools are an important venture for establishment and development of academic research and educational activities within the field of research in question. They make it possible for the research environment to strengthen its position within the subject field, both nationally and internationally. They also contribute to competence development in academia, for example through increased insight into and knowledge about industrial challenges.

The programme’s contribution to business sector development

Industrial graduate schools are an important venture to increase the business competitiveness. They contribute to competence building where the business sector needs it. Joint solutions of research problems provide the opportunity to produce tangible results for participating companies, such as new or further developed products and processes. Industrial graduate schools also provide valuable networks to the business sector, both in academia and among participating companies. These networks have led to results such as new client contacts, joint product development projects, and larger industry-wide research projects.

Programme design

The size of an industrial graduate school varies between six and 20 doctoral students. The contribution per doctoral student totals SEK 1.8 million for a doctorate awarded, and SEK 900,000 for a licentiate awarded. The graduate school is to be implemented in co-production with business partners. Participating companies must actively contribute and be well integrated into the graduate school’s implementation. The business sector contributes, through in-kind and/or direct funding, an amount at least equivalent to the Knowledge Foundation contribution. Companies’ contributions can, for example, consist of salary costs for the research students, time for mentors/supervisors at the company, or contributions to other activities that contribute to the development of the doctoral student or the graduate school. The Knowledge Foundation requires the university to co-fund the graduate school.

Who can apply, and how it works

• Sweden’s university colleges and new universities, authorized to award graduate degrees in the intended field, are eligible to apply for funding.
• The project must be co-produced together with business partners, and their contribution must be described in the application.
• Calls for proposals within the programme are issued annually, in autumn. Applications must be registered via the Ansök & rapportera portal.

Therése Nordström
Programme Manager for Industrial Graduate Schools
070-362 52 08
Birgitta Olsson
Secretary to the CEO and Programme Administrator
073-712 81 12