The BioHC Doctoral programs will extend across the boundaries of existing laboratories for establishing an innovative approach in public-private partnerships based on integrated, cross-disciplinary and collaborative R&D. The great diversity of the institutions/supervisors, and the significant number of PIs involved in the BioHC Graduate School, help us to develop interactions and synergy between laboratories/institutions/industries. Each Doctoral subject, selected by the Scientific Committee has two research field’s components, distinct but complementary, which are co-supervised by two PIs, within each research fields as a major and/or minor. To assess the potential development of interactions between supervisors, each PI will be characterized by both major/minor research fields (among five items: Clinical Research, Molecular Biotechnology, Biophysic Nanosciences, Environmental Health, and Computational Mathematics). So we can consider transverse approaches based on tools and technologies for multi-scale integration that extend the above mentioned expertise. Either “vertical” strategies (covering different levels of complexity on a specific topic), or “horizontal” strategies (covering a similar multi-scale topic in different research areas) could be considered.
During the application, the Doctoral candidate has to choose one Doctoral project, pre-selected by the Scientific Committee. Each subject is composed of two research field’s, distinct but complementary, which are co-supervised by two PIs from two distinct Partner Universities. Let us consider, for example, the case where the major component of a subject is ‘experimental’ issues (measurements and analyses of gene expressions) and the minor one is ‘mathematical’ (modeling a bioprocess using available data). The two PIs will co-supervise, respectively ‘experimental’ and ‘mathematical’ issues, as major and/or minor parts. The Partner University of the Primary Supervisor, where the Doctoral candidate spends most of his/her doctoral period (at least eighteen months), will be the Primary University, and the Partner University of the Secondary Supervisor, where he/she spends the second part of his/her doctoral period (at least nine months), will be the Secondary University. Nevertheless, candidates have the possibility to suggest their own research project. In this case, they should indicate what could be the different Partner Universities in the consortium, and who could be the possible Supervisors.
Each year, the BioHC Scientific Committee opens a call (starting 1st October and ending 31st October) for collecting PhD projects. Each BioHC partner is allowed to act through its principal investigators (PI) registered in the doctoral program on maximum 3 PhD subject proposals as primary or secondary supervisor. PhD proposal projects are evaluated by the Scientific Committee. Only the proposal that respond to all the criteria of BioHC program project are selected. During the first week of November, the catalogue of approved proposals is published on the BioHC website and is at this time open for application by interested Doctoral candidates. The Scientific Committee selects the best projects submitted within the frame of the application deadline. After the selection and the start of the Doctorate work, the Supervisory Boards are in charge of monitoring the candidate’s work. Note that in case of selection of the subject by the Scientific Committee (September of the year n-1), and in case a PhD candidate is linked (will be known by February of the year n), the PhD research will start in September-October of the year n.