The programme is sponsored by Nationalstiftung für Forschung, Technologie und Entwicklung and Österreich-Fonds, supported by the Federal Ministry for Climate Action, Environment, Energy, Mobility, Innovation and Technology (BMK). The focus lies on funding industrial PhD projects to improve qualifications of research and innovation staff in companies and non-university research institutions. An Industrial PhD project is a three-year PhD project performed by an employee of an Austrian company/non-university research institution, who is enrolled as a PhD student at a university during the whole project. Thus, the PhD student will not only get access to industrial research and development, but work as fully integrated professional supporting the transfer of scientific results from academia to industry. Especially for young scientists, a successful research career in an industrial PhD project might lead to being hired as regular staff after the funding period. Moreover, half of the budget is reserved for female applicants to support their career in natural sciences and technology. The application for funding at the Austrian Research Promotion Agency (FFG) is performed by the company.
- Applicants: Companies or non-university research institutions with R&D activities in natural science and technology located in Austria
- The Industrial PhD candidate must be employed by an Austrian company/non-university research institution for the duration of the PhD project (at least 50 % of a full-time equivalent).
- Topic of the Industrial PhD thesis: Natural Science and Technology - especially Information technology, mobility, materials and production, environment and energy.
- The funding project must not be started before the funding application is received by the FFG.
- Proposals can be submitted continuously and are continuously evaluated by independent experts.
- Funding decisions are made following the meetings of the advisory board of the FFG General Programmes (advisory board of the FFG Basisprogramme). The dates of the advisory board meetings can be found at the FFG-Website.
- 50 % of the funds are dedicated to female students
- As soon as the funding is exhausted the call will be closed.
Looking for a PhD position?
The Austrian Job Exchange for Research, Development and Innovation offers interesting jobs from internships to PhD, Post-Doc and senior positions.
Call "Industrienahe Dissertationen 2022":
The call was opened on October 4th, 2022. Applications can be submitted on an ongoing basis until January 31st, 2023 12:00 MEZ (call can be closed early if funds are exhausted early).
Important: in this call, only companies with R&D activities, located in Austria, can be funded and the number of fundable projects per organisation is limited to a max. of two
The essentials in brief
|Program Owner / Sponsor|
Bottom-up, Circular Economy, Climate-Neutral City, Cooperation & Research Infrastructure, Digitalisation & Broadband, Energy Transition, Further research areas, Innovative & Competitive Companies, Life Sciences & Health, Mobility Transition, People, Qualification & Gender, Production & Materials, Quantum: Research & Technology, Society & Security, Space & Aviation, Wood: Research & Knowledge Transfer
Submission with a proposal process
|Target group||companies/enterprises with ongoing research and development activities in the natural sciences or technology, located in Austria|
|Selection by||External experts and BP advisory board|
|What is being funded||Funding is provided for industrial PhD projects dealing with a scientific or technical research question. For the duration of the PhD project, the PhD student is employed by a company or non-university research institution located in Austria, for at least 50% of a full-time position. Industrial PhD projects are submitted by companies or non-university research institutions that actively support the PhD student and integrate him or her well into the organisation through appropriate measures. The benefits for the PhD's career are of central importance. Industrial PhD projects start after submission of the grant application at the earliest. Supervision at a university must be secured at the time of submission. A binding confirmation of a supervisor at university is necessary. At least 50% of the funds are explicity used for funding female students.|
|Min. / max. funding||EUR 0,00 / EUR 100.000,00|
|Min. / max. running time||24 - 36 months|
|Availability from||01.01.2019 - constantly|