PoDoCo is a matchmaking program supporting long term competitiveness and strategic renewal of companies and employment of young doctors in the private sector. PoDoCo matches newly graduated doctors with companies, and financially supports the collaboration projects between doctors and companies.
PoDoCo program offers research grants of 6-12 months to cover the costs of the first part of the project. Grants awarded by PoDoCo foundation pool are intended for academic research investigating new innovative ideas to boost the strategic renewal of Finnish industry. The aim is that after the grant phase the company hires the doctor for same period of time to deepen the research results and to create company-specific insight. A one-year research grant is EUR 28 000.
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 program has two application rounds each year and awards some 17 postdoctoral grants in each round. Nine foundations will allocate altogether almost 1 000 000 euros to the program during year 2019. The program’s foundations are Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, The Foundation for Economic Education, KAUTE Foundation, the Paulo Foundation and Maa- ja Vesitekniikantuki ry. PoDoCo program is operated by DIMECC Ltd.