- HEI/universities must originate from an EU Member State or a country associated to the EU Research Programme Horizon 2020.
- HEI/universities must be entitled to award doctoral degrees directly and have administrative autonomy including signing agreements with external partners.
HEI/universities must fulfil the eligibility criteria (as above) at the time of the closing date (3 May 2020) for the application and for the duration of the collaboration agreement with the JRC (at least 5 years from the time of signature).
Institutions (such as scientific laboratories or other scientific bodies) having agreements with an university, whereby the university satisfies the second eligibility criterion and issues PhD degrees to the PhD students of those institutions, may also submit applications.
In such case, both those institutions and the university should satisfy the first eligibility criterion.
In case their application is successful, the JRC will sign the CDP collaboration agreement with the HEI that delivers the PhD degree.
All applications will be checked for eligibility. Applicants with non-eligible applications will be informed after closure of the call.