On 3rd February 2020, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme (CDP) to improve the interface between science and policy. The deadline for application to the programme is 3rd May 2020.

The CDP programme aims to strengthen cooperation between Higher Education Institutions (HEI) and Universities from EU member states and countries associated to Horizon 2020, the EU’s research programme. The partnership will thus offer new opportunities for a new generation of PhD students, with a particular focus on research for policymaking. They learn to understand the research needs at different stages of the policy cycle and acquire new skills in science communication.

In practice, not only are doctoral students from HEI and Universities and the JRC hosted and supervised, but joint research programmes are also developed. The partnership should lead to increased cooperation between the JRC and HEIs/Universities by promoting mutual enhancement of related skills and competences, combining knowledge and capacities as well as networking in key scientific areas.

The second call for expressions of interest launched by the JRC covers 13 thematic fields:

  • Digital Governance
  • Smart, connected and clean mobility
  • EU Energy Transition
  • Development of methods to monitor progresses, design transformations and identify solutions to achieve SDGs
  • Secure and sustainable supply of raw materials for strategic value chains
  • Artificial intelligence for earth observation
  • Graphic causal models for hybrid threats
  • Resilience of built infrastructure to natural and man-made hazards
  • Health promotion and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)
  • Non-power nuclear and radiological technologies to achieve the SDGs 2030 Agenda
  • Synergies of qualitative and quantitative methods for anticipation activities
  • Behavioural insights applied to policymaking
  • Robustness in complex data analysis and statistical modelling

Deadline for application is 3rd May 2020.

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