Why become an EMJD ICE sponsor

The contribution of a external company and/or university to the EMJD ICE programme is founded on three basic principles as:

  • cooperation with ICE universities in the supervision of the PhD candidate also through stage and internships (i.e. training periods)
  • participation to summer school events and to candidates education activities;
  • support to consortium boards activities and to dissemination a

As a relevant benefit a supporting company will obtain the possibility of cooperating with an academic partner corresponding to the top level in the interactive and cognitive environments research sector, a great visibility with respect to European Commission and the possibility of attracting all ICE PhD candidates (representing excellence in young ICT researchers) towards a career inside the company.

On the other hand, a supporting university will take advantage from the possibility of training the most valuable master students in a top level academic environment in the perspective of their future research careers in the native University and to enlarge the network in order to setup new forms of cooperation with ICE institutions.

In the following a description of the different partnership levels.

Associated Partner

According to Erasmus Mundus programme guide, partners can join EMJD ICE consortium as associated members. Industrial partners as well as no-profit organizations and public universities (third countries HEI) can express their interest in joining the consortium. An associated member represents any organisation that can contribute to the promotion, implementation, monitoring, evaluation activities and/or sustainable development of the action. As opposed to partners, associated members are not entitled to benefit from the European Community grant and do not directly participate in the management of the programme.

Associated partners are expected to effectively and properly contribute to promotion, monitoring and sustainability activities. In particular, they will take part to quality assurance activities joining the EMJD ICE Quality Assurance Board (QAB), they will disseminate information concerning the programme and promote the participation of candidates from their countries or their sector to the call for application process and they will explore the possibility of offering additional positions covering the total cost of a EMJD ICE grant through own or collected funds.

In the latter case, the offered additional grants will be managed according to EMJD ICE regulations both in scientific/didactic and recruitment/management terms (e.g. structure of the course, yearly examinations, participation to summer school, payment of tuition fees, health insurance, support for visa and accommodation, etc...).
The associated member may have the possibility of hosting a PhD candidate for a stage/training period lasting no more than 6 months.

Certified Partner

Worldwide universities can become EMJD ICE certified partners. Certified partners will be able to issue a fully recognized EMJD ICE Joint Degree in cooperation with one or more ICE consortium universities.

Certified partner shall sign a joint doctoral agreement with EMJD ICE consortium to control by regulation the acknowledgement process (see attached file “EMJD ICE Certified Partner Doctoral Agreement”).
The following table summarizes the main requirements which are needed to be granted with an ICE certification.

Certified Partner Requirements
Educational offer compliant with EMJD ICE framework
Teachers recognized at international level as experts in their research field
Research topics of the PhD track compliant with EMJD ICE research areas and directly linked with other offered EMJD ICE research projects
Duration of the course is three years and all training/research activities are fully performed in English as EMJD ICE official language

Supporting Partner

Private companies and universities can become an EMJD ICE supporting partner.

In case of a private company playing as Supporting Partner the following requirements are expected to be fulfilled:

  • Capability of offering training periods and seminars specifically related to EMJD ICE research topics;
  • Availability of laboratories and other research-based facilities;
  • Demonstrated research-oriented nature of the industry (e.g. ownership of patents) and focus on at least one of the EMJD ICE research areas.

Finally, external support through promotion and dissemination activities is part of supporting partner activities.