Collaborative Doctoral Partnership programme (CDP)

The Collaborative Doctoral Partnerships (CDP) is an initiative of the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to establish strategic collaborations with higher education institutions (HEIs/universities) that grant doctoral degrees (PhD).

CDP is characterised by research excellence and international reputation. The purpose of CDP is to train a new generation of doctoral students in science and technology with a specific focus lies on the science-policy interface.


A first call for expression of interest for the CDP pilot phase was launched at the end of 2016. A second call has started in 2020.

HEIs/universities located in EU Member States and countries associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020 are eligible for participation to the CDP.

HEI/universities can apply to one or more thematic fields with several proposals, each proposal submitted on a separate application form.

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

PhD positions

Doctoral studies under CDP are co-screened, co-hosted and co-supervised by selected HEI/universities and the JRC.

Doctoral students have the opportunity to carry out part of their doctoral studies at the JRC.

For the period spent at the JRC, doctoral students are offered a grantholder category 20 contract.

Calls for Expressions of Interest

Through the CDP doctoral candidates from the selected HEIs will have the opportunity to carry out part of their doctoral research at the JRC for a period ranging from 12 to 24 months. For the period spent at the JRC, the student will be offered a Grantholder Category 20 contract.

Further information on the scheme can be found here:

Deadline for application is 15 May 2020.

List of CDP HEIs/universities collaboration agreements of first Call (2016)