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PhD Project Grants

The Copenhagen Center for Health Technology supports PhD Projects within personal health technology within its three strategic areas; healthy living, active ageing, and chronic disease prevention and management.

CACHET PhD projects are characterized by being:

  • Focused on the design, development, and evaluation of personalized health technology
  • Interdisciplinary across the health and technological sciences
  • Application focused and grounded in end-user organizations (like private homes, municipalities, nursing homes or hospitals)
  • Innovative by developing new solutions for the healthcare system and/or new products for companies

A PhD project should have both a medical and technical supervisor, with one being the main supervisor and project owner.

2018 Call

We welcome applications in all areas of personal health technology in a broad sense. However, in 2018 we are in particular looking for projects that – in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen – will address the challenges of (i) dementia and (ii) incontinence. Please see the detailed call text below.

The 2018 deadline is June 1st.


CACHET can co-fund PhD scholarships at Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen (KU SUND) and at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). The project and grant must be anchored at and managed by DTU or KU SUND and involves a university hospital in the Capital Region (RegionH) or the City of Copenhagen. The PhD candidate is enrolled at either DTU or KU SUND, and employed at the university institute or the clinical hospital department of the project owner.


The fellowship provides up to 2/3 substitute for a PhD student for 3 years, employed at either DTU or KU SUND. You can apply for 1/3 or 2/3 of a PhD scholarship (salary + tuition) provided that you have – or is applying for – the remaining funds from an external source (public fund, private fund, company, etc.).

Application Procedure

An application is submitted by the main supervisor and project owner. PhD students cannot apply on their own but should contact a relevant supervisor. Applicants should fill in the “PhD application form”. PhDs can be applied for in pairs of clinical/technical projects. In this case, two applications – one for each PhD project – should be submitted but the pairing should be described in each. 

Please see the PhD Application Guideline document that contains further details.

2018 Call for PhD Projects

Call for PhD projects on dementia in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen

The number of people who get dementia increases as a result of people growing still older. By 2030 it is estimated that 66 million people worldwide will have the disease - which is an increase of nearly 20 million compared to present time. In Copenhagen more than 7000 citizens are expected to have the disease by 2030. Dementia is a progressive, non-curable cognitive brain disease leading to increased dependency and change in behavior. It severely affects quality of life not only for patients but also for relatives and close surroundings. Since dementia at the moment is incurable, early prevention becomes increasingly important. New evidence suggests good possibilities to postpone the progression or onset of the disease by focusing on risk factors such as smoking, alcohol use, physical activity, social isolation, hearing impairment and cognitive stimulation.

The increasing share of citizens with dementia affects the current shaping of health and care systems in Danish municipalities and constitutes a significant economic burden. Care facilities are built or adapted to meet the needs of citizens with dementia at different stages, staffs receive special training to provide care and advice to citizens and relatives, and strategies are formulated in the effort to fit initiatives for the future. 

The PhD projects should provide knowledge and medico-technical solutions contributing to improved prevention of dementia and improved tailoring of primary sector care after the onset of the disease. Relevant research questions include, but is not limited to, the following: 

  • Can prediction of dementia be obtained by biomarkers to identify high risk groups for early targeted prevention?
  • Can medico-technical detection of physiological and cognitive early- and mature- biomarkers for dementia be developed and exploited to improve the targeting- and design of methods to postpone diseases progression? 
  • What are the effects of digitally assisted training programs or advice assistants to support prevention of dementia onset in high risk populations?

The specific design of the projects in terms of data collection, test, and communication of results should be developed in close collaboration with the City of Copenhagen, Health and Care Administration. Please contact Annemette Ljungdalh Nielsen <> at the City of Copenhagen

Call for PhD project on incontinence in collaboration with the City of Copenhagen

Incontinence is a multifaceted issue that affects thousands of citizens in Denmark, and present municipalities with high expenses. The disorder is caused by among other issues hormone changes that occur in women from about 40 years of age, of muscular weakness due to pregnancy and childbirth, and of prostate growth in men from the age of 60. The health and caretaker tasks in relation to incontinence range from prevention of the problem, rehabilitation of pelvic floor, to the distribution of aids such as binders and diapers. Expenses are added in relation to any help with toilet visits, physical challenges and home care, assistance at home care centers and nursing centers. In addition to being a financial burden on society and a daily physical challenge for the individual, incontinence also has mental consequences in terms of shame and social isolation.

Incontinence can often be both prevented and treated if exercise and rehabilitation are done in the right way and on time. Copenhagen municipality's offer for rehabilitation and counseling in relation to incontinence is currently carried out by a specially trained unit of nurses, to which both men and women can be referred. Their special competence includes assessing the pelvic floor's strength through gynaecological examinations made with the hands (palpation). The intimate character of the examination discourages some citizens from using the municipal service and thus lessens the possibility of rehabilitation.

The aims of these PhD projects are to seek news medico-technical solutions combining medical knowledge and technical knowledge to provide answers to one or several of the following research questions:

  • Can pelvic musculature measurement technology be designed and be applied to prevention and treatment of incontinence?
  • Can mobile app advanced biomedical algorithms be designed to interpret the progress or decline of daily training using a technical solution
  • What is the effect of concrete, specially adapted training courses on the development of pelvic floor muscles?
  • What are possible barriers to review training?
  • What are the health related and possibly health-related economic benefits associated with a training-based approach to incontinence prevention and treatment?

The specific design of the project in terms of data collection, test and communication of results should be developed in close collaboration with the City of Copenhagen, Health and Care Administration. Please contact Annemette Ljungdalh Nielsen <> at the City of Copenhagen




Jakob Eyvind Bardram
DTU Compute
+45 45 25 53 11


Annemette Ljungdalh Nielsen
City of Copenhagen
+45 21 57 06 22
24 OCTOBER 2018