The PoDoCo grant amount is increased to 30 000 euros
The five-year-old PoDoCo program starts the year with good news.
“We are raising the PoDoCo grant to 30 000 euros. In this way, the opportunity offered by PoDoCo to bring latest research to accelerate the development of companies remains a viable alternative for newly graduated doctors,” says Dr. Seppo Tikkanen, the leader of the PoDoCo program.
PoDoCo program has become even more attractive, because the tax-free grant limit has risen by almost 3 000 euros in recent years.
With the help of PoDoCo, it is possible to reduce brain drain when highly educated people find a job in Finland.
“During its history, PoDoCo has made it possible for dozens of doctors who have moved to Finland and finished their dissertations here to transfer to companies. This provides companies with up-to-date information that is not easily available to companies in other ways,” says Tikkanen.
Companies can also find completely new types of collaboration opportunities via PoDoCo postdocs networks.
Elisa looks for industrial knowledge
The spring application round opens at the beginning of March, but doctors and companies should already start looking for each other and plan a joint project.
There are companies that have already hired two or more PoDoCo doctors since the beginning of the program. Elisa has previously hired two PoDoCo PhDs and is now seeking help from PoDoCo to develop a new business area. This time the company is looking for a specialist in industrial production control and quality systems.
“In the operation of the radio network, we have long applied new methods of advanced analytics. Combining deep domain expertise with data sciences provides an excellent foundation for new innovations. We are looking for new growth in industrial production control and quality systems. Through the PoDoCo program, we are looking for in-depth experts who will expand our view base”, says Jukka-Pekka Salmenkaita, Director of AI and machine learning in Elisa.
The spring PoDoCo grant application round takes place March 1 – April 15, 2021.
There are no limitations regarding the branch of science or branch of industry.
PoDoCo program is funded by Finnish Cultural Foundation, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Maa- ja vesitekniikan tuki ry, Svenska Kulturfonden, The Society of Swedish Literature in Finland (SLS), Finnish Foundation for Technology Promotion, Maj and Tor Nessling Foundation, Foundation for Economic Education, KAUTE Foundation, The Paulo Foundation and Helsingin Sanomat Foundation. The total funding is up to million euros every year, which enables around 35 PoDoCo grants each year.