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Extra subsidies in the Netherlands for ‘industrial doctorates’

January 19 2017

Are you a scientist working with the industry to improve or exploit products or services? The State Secretary of Education Sander Dekker has announced extra subsidies that will improve the chances of public funding for scientists like you.

Every year 2.5 million scientific papers are being produced. ‘This strategy is not very effective for our wellbeing and the academic quality, only for the scientist’s ranking’, our State Secretary comments. In our neighbour countries, the link between institutes and industry is much stronger. In the Netherlands, this needs to be improved by extra funding, which should enhance the investments from the industry in research and development.

The NWO (The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research) now spends €650 million on an annual basis in research. To strengthen the links between industry and scientists, NWO will focus more on valorisation activities of the researchers when reviewing a grant proposal. An additional €10 million will be allocated for scientists performing an industrial PhD, especially at an SME, to strengthen the relationship between SME’s and universities.

Source: Het Financieele Dagblad, 19/01/2017

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