The aim of the Industrial Doctorates is to train researchers by means of their participation in an industrial research or experimental development project in which their doctoral thesis will be framed, to be carried out in a company or Public Administration, which may not be a University.
The industrial research or experimental development project may be carried out entirely in the company or in collaboration between the company and a Research Group or Research Institute of the University of Valladolid.
The doctoral student will have a thesis tutor appointed by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme in which he/she is enrolled and a supervisor appointed by the company or Public Administration, who may, where appropriate, be the thesis supervisor in accordance with the regulations of the Doctoral School of the University of Valladolid. The work of the doctoral student will conclude with the presentation of the doctoral thesis at the University of Valladolid, which will receive the Industrial Doctorate mention.
There must be an employment or commercial contract with the doctoral student. The contract may be signed by a company in the private or public sector, as well as by a Public Administration.
The Ministry annually announces grants for contracts for the training of researchers in companies (Industrial Doctorates).
Procedure for obtaining the Industrial Doctorate award
The mention "Industrial Doctorate" in the doctoral degree will be awarded at the request of the doctoral student provided that he/she has participated in an industrial research or experimental development project directly related to the doctoral thesis and carried out in a company in the private or public sector or in a Public Administration (hereinafter, AAPP), which may not be a university. There must also be an employment or commercial contract between the PhD student and the company or public administration.
In addition to the usual procedures that a doctoral student must follow, the following must be taken into account in order to obtain this "Industrial Doctorate" award:
a) The PhD student must inform the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme (CAPD) of his/her intention to undertake an industrial doctorate, as well as the person responsible in the company or Public Administration before the end of the second year of enrolment in a doctoral programme, if the thesis is full-time, or the fourth year if the thesis is part-time.
b) The supervisor(s) of the thesis may belong to a company, public administration, university or other research body, provided that they meet the same requirements as for any other doctoral programme at the University of Valladolid. The tutor must necessarily belong to the UVa.
c) The research plan will be reported through a scientific-technical report of the project. This report must be approved by the Academic Committee of the Doctoral Programme and included in the student's activities document before the end of the second academic year, if the thesis is full-time, or the fourth year if the thesis is part-time.
Once the scientific-technical report has been approved and favourably reported by the CAPD, proceed as follows:
1. If the industrial research or experimental development project is to be carried out entirely in the company or Public Administration, the research will be initiated without the need to sign an agreement.
2. If the industrial research or experimental development project is to be carried out in collaboration between the company or public administration and the University of Valladolid, a framework agreement will be signed between the parties, accompanied by an annex of specific clauses. The annexes of specific clauses to be signed under the framework agreement (as well as this first one, in the event that both are processed simultaneously) must be signed before the end of the second academic year of enrolment, if the thesis is carried out full time, or the fourth year if the thesis is carried out part time.
It is advisable to contact the sub-directorate responsible for industrial doctorates at the Doctoral School (subdirección.email@example.com), prior to the start of the procedures for the development of the agreement, to establish the conditions and steps for the signing of the framework agreement and the appendix of specific clauses.
d) At the end of the research period and prior to the deposit procedure, the CAPD may approve the proposal for the mention "Industrial Doctorate" for the thesis, for which the PhD student must submit to the administrative secretariat of the EsDUVa, at the address (firstname.lastname@example.org), for registration in the PhD student's file:
- Copy of the employment contract signed with the company or AAPP to prove their contractual relationship during the development of the thesis.
- If applicable, as described in section c.2, a copy of the collaboration agreement (with its corresponding appendix) signed by the parties.