With over 130 years of history, the University of Deusto (DEUSTO) is firmly grounded in research and education excellence, innovation, social responsibility and impact. Over the last few decades DEUSTO has built up a dynamic, innovative and attractive research ecosystem, designed and implemented in co-creation with both local and international stakeholders: DIRS-COFUND.
DIRS-COFUND aims at attracting qualified international Early Stage Researchers for highly quality doctoral training. Through its two Horizon 2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND projects (DIRS and 6i-DIRS), DEUSTO will provide up to 35 fellowships between 2016 and 2024 and attract excellent doctoral candidates from all over the world. The objective is to help outstanding Early Stage Researchers to generate interdisciplinary, international and intersectoral projects and dissertations, supporting and broadening their career prospects and promoting the social impact of their contributions.
DIRS-COFUND offers a robust, dynamic and innovative research training ecosystem, involving 7 doctoral programmes and 24 research teams, working on the Global, European and Regional challenges through:
- 5 Interdisciplinary Research Platforms: Ageing and Wellbeing; Cultural and Creative Industries, Cities and Regions; Gender; Social Justice and Inclusion; and Strengthening Participation, and
- 4 interdisciplinary areas: Health, Energy, Industry 4.0 and Territory.
DEUSTO is the only university in Spain, and one of the four institutions in Europe, that is running two COFUND projects within the European Horizon 2020 programme. DIRS and 6i-DIRS are developed together with more than 65 partner organisations, ensuring international and intersectoral mobility to broaden researchers’ skills and employability.