Baekeland mandates target researchers wishing to carry out a PhD project in close collaboration with business activity. Within this programme, Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship aims to encourage the PhD student’s mobility, not only between the academic and industrial world, but also internationally. The Baekeland-programme is open to mandataries from all scientific areas, of all nationalities and all ages. Researchers who have recently graduated may submit a request, but also those who have been working in an enterprise for many years get the chance to do a PhD within the Baekeland programme, whilst also being able to continue working in the business.
Who is eligible?
A consortium consisting of (at minimum) a Flemish enterprise, a Flemish university and a PhD student.
What is it for?
Conducting a PhD project with added value for the enterprise.
On the one hand, a Flemish company is involved; this determines the strategic orientation of the project and ensures co-funding. On the other hand, a Flemish university is responsible for supporting and awarding a PhD in accordance with the usual quality standards. The enterprise acts as the chief applicant at Flanders Innovation & Entrepreneurship. Once approved, the enterprise is offered project-based support.
50 to 80% of the staff and operating costs of the PhD student.