We propose an inter-institutional Doctoral Training Unit (DTU) between the Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology (LIST) and the University of Luxembourg (UL) to educate doctoral candidates in research on advanced materials with a specific focus on materials for sensing and energy harvesting which are corner stones of modern society.The DTU will offer to doctoral candidates a pool of 24 recognised principal investigators (PI) (including two ERC, one FNR-Pearl, five FNR-Attract and one Emmy-Noether awardee together with state of-the-art experimental and computer infrastructures and theoretical know-how. The DTU will train doctoral candidates to master all the skills needed for tomorrow’s materials research and development. The training covers all aspects from scientific education, to transdisciplinary and transferable skills.Backed-up by a sustainable project portfolio, the DTU will consolidate existing research strength and infrastructures and further reinforce the collaboration in materials research between LIST and UL. The twin objectives of the research programme are to improve the understanding and the performances of materials used in sensing and energy harvesting. The medium to long term research objective is to enable new applications and improved performance. Towards this goal the DTU is organised in four thematic clusters. This structure ensures a focussed training of the doctoral candidates while enabling them to gain an overview over a considerable part of modern materials research. Three application oriented clusters – (1) strain sensors and energy harvesters, (2) electronic sensors and energy harvesters, and (3) bio-sensing – are supported by a transversal cluster on electronic structure theory. The DTU fits to LIST’s and UL’s research strategy, both of which have identified materials research as priority areas. On the national level, the DTU is in line with the FNR’s priority research domain “New Functional and Intelligent Materials and New Sensing Applications” and with the Luxembourg’s Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) that states “Advanced Materials and Nanotechnology” as important drivers of competitiveness and diversification in Luxembourg.