Post Docs in Companies, PoDoCo, is a matchmaking program supporting long term competitiveness and strategic renewal of companies and employment of young doctors in the private sector. The duration of PoDoCo period is 1-2 years and it consist of two phases: research period and targeted research period. PoDoCo program is funded by PoDoCo foundation pool and companies participating in the program. All companies operating in Finland and all young doctors who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctorate degree are welcome to join the PoDoCo Program

PoDoCo foundation pool offers research grants for the research period. Grants awarded by PoDoCo foundation pool are intended for academic research with high industry relevance for post docs who have recently completed or will soon complete their doctoral degree and wish to work in companies. PoDoCo foundation pool offers young doctors 6-12 months research grants for public research on a topic that is relevant for at least one company’s strategic renewal. A one-year research grant is EUR 28 000.

PoDoCo program opens application round for grants from 15 September 2016 to 31 October 2016. Results of the current application round will be published at latest on December 2016.

PoDoCo program has two application rounds each year and awards some 13 postdoctoral grants in each round. Seven foundations will allocate altogether max 700 000 euros to the program during year 2016. The Program’s foundations are Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, KAUTE Foundation, The Foundation for Economic Education, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, and Technology Industries of Finland Centennial Foundation. PoDoCo program is operated by DIMECC.

Further information about the program and the application round is available on PoDoCo website at www.podoco.fi, and from Program Manager Essi Huttu, essi.huttu(at)dimecc.com, tel. + 358 40 840 9259.