For a company about to invest in a Ph. D. with a university or public laboratory, the question arises as to how to ensure that the project defined with the academic partner(s) will provide the maximum benefit for the time and money that will be invested?
Conversely, a student preparing to embark on a doctoral work in applied science, proposed by a university laboratory in partnership with a company, must determine whether the subject proposed balances properly the academic and application aspects.
Time and money are scarce resources, as are doctoral candidates!
Therefore, it is of great importance for all parties involved in a doctoral project and for society as a whole that doctoral subjects are very well developed before the work begins:
The relevance of the application
You want the spin-offs of your work to be as important as possible.
Once they are clarified, just make sure that’s really what you need or what you want to accomplish.
The new scientific knowledge
Before a PhD work starts, everyone involved in the project should be able to state in one sentence the contribution to the progress of knowledge that the PhD intends to produce. Usually such contribution is a modest addition to scientific knowledge but nevertheless it should be clear to everyone involved in the project.
An indicative test
We propose here a n indicative test to assess whether the scientific contribution expected from the thesis has been isolated, and whether its articulation with the targeted applications is explained.
We do not claim to provide a method for providing an exhaustive answer to the question of the quality of a Ph. D. subject, but rather an effective and simple indicator to detect a need to rework certain aspects of the project.
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