Are you a young postdoc interested in putting your research knowledge and expertise into practice? Are you a company with cutting-edge renewal ideas and looking for the help of a talented postdoc to investigate your ideas? PoDoCo program may be just right for you!

What is PoDoCo?

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.

Read Jonathan Fagerström’s and Claudio Carletti’s stories from our blog. They were both chosen for the PoDoCo program in 2016.

Who can participate?

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.

How does it work?

PoDoCo foundation pool offers research grants of 6-12 months for the research period. Grants awarded by PoDoCo foundation pool are intended for academic research investigating new innovative ideas to boost the strategic renewal of Finnish industry. A one-year research grant is EUR 28 000.

PoDoCo program opens application round for grants from 1st March 2019 to 15th April 2019. Results of the application round will be published at latest on June 2019.

PoDoCo program has two application rounds each year and awards some 17 postdoctoral grants in each round. Nessling Foundation will fund two postdocs, who are seeking solutions for environmental challenges, every year. Altogether nine foundations will allocate almost 1 000 000 euros to the program during year 2019. The program’s foundations are Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, The Paulo Foundation, Maa- ja Vesitekniikantuki ry, Svenska Kulturfonden, Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, The Foundation for Economic Education and KAUTE Foundation. PoDoCo program is operated by DIMECC Ltd.

Further information about the program and the application round is available on PoDoCo website, and from Program Manager Arto Nieminen, , +358 40 099 1226.