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European Joint Doctorate in Functional Materials Research (EJD-FunMat)
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2019 PROJECT  FINISHED 

EJD-FunMat is a European Joint Doctoral programme in the field of functional materials research. EJD-FunMat is embedded in an existing research network, with previous experience in co-tutelle doctorates, but the project will add new major elements, with the strategic aim of becoming a permanent reference European Joint Doctoral School in Materials Science and beyond.The key innovative aspects of the programme are:- Research in PhD clusters: The 15 PhD projects are grouped into 6 thematic clusters: Photocatalysis, Transparent Conductors, Lead-Free Piezoelectrics, Photonics, Cellulose-based Polymers, Bone Tissue Engineering. Each cluster has 3-4 academic, and several industry partners, thus forming a small-scale collaborative project. This concept will (i) will be a practical training in interdisciplinary teamwork for the PhD candidates and (ii) provide a critical mass of researchers with the potential to achieve breakthrough research and innovation, compared to individual PhD projects. Additional, locally funded PhD projects will be added to the clusters.- Industry partner for each PhD: All PhD candidates will spend time in industry research laboratories, and will interact with industry throughout their project.- Joint supervision rules centered on a series of common Deliverables for all PhD candidates, to be achieved during the PhD project- Training in eco-design and life-cycle analysis of materials: topics such as critical raw materials and materials recycling have become crucial issues - Training in project and risk management- Training in industrial intelligence, entrepreneurship and innovation skills- Development of a sustainable framework for a joint PhD School. This strategic goal is based on 4 components: - scientific excellence - development of a legal framework for exploiting the research results - joint rules for co-tutelle PhDs, and joint PhD diplomas - attracting additional funding for PhD scholarships, during and after the project
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