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CaixaImpulse 2015

How to participate in this call


2015 call for projects is closed

Is your project a potential candidate? Please review the following requirements

For projects:

  • Projects must be aimed at the value generation and commercialisation of the protected or protectable assets resulting from research.
  • Projects must be related to Life, Medical and Health Sciences, specifically the following fields:
    • Life Sciences: Biomathematics, Cell biology, Human biology, Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Human physiology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Neurosciences.
    • Medical and Health Sciences: Clinical sciences, Epidemiology, Forensic medicine, Occupational medicine, Internal medicine, Nutritional sciences, Pathology, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacology, Preventive medicine, Psychiatry, Public health, Surgery and Toxicology.
  • Projects may have a patent or utility model pending. If this is not the case, the protection of the asset must be included in the valorisation plan and budget, and the patent or utility model must be requested prior to signing the valorization agreement.

For grant recipients:

  • Grant recipients must be non-profit legal entities that are registered in Spain.
  • Type of entity: Universities, university foundations, research and transfer centres, technology centres, hospitals, hospital foundations and non-profit institutions whose main activity is research.
  • They must be the owner of the protected or protectable asset resulting from the research and subject of the Valorisation Plan.
  • Recipients may complete more than one application as long as they are associated to different protected or protectable assets resulting from different research projects.
  • Established companies are specifically excluded.

For project leaders:

  • Project leaders must be individuals with tertiary qualifications (university graduate, professor or doctor)
  • Their exclusive or almost exclusive dedication to the validation project for the business idea or transfer to market is required.
  • The Participant may be the leader of the research project that generated the asset or a member of its team.
  • He or she must be linked to the Recipient by statute or employment.

Rules for participation

2015 call for projects is closed

All the information about the programme, the conditions for participation in the selection process and the legal aspects can be found in the following document. We strongly recommend reading carefully the following documents before submitting your proposal.

How do I apply?

2015 call for projects is closed

  • Submit your applications and additional documents from 12 May to 12 June 2015 by entering the private area for applying for all the “la Caixa” Foundation programmes. You must register the first time you enter this area and you will receive a user name and password for logging in.
  • Once you have registered, select the corresponding CaixaImpulse Programme and complete the application form.
  • Complete the entire online application form. Applications must be submitted online using the Website Platform.
  • Remember to complete the application in English. We will not accept applications that are in another language or if they are incomplete, in paper format, or submitted by any other means or after the deadline.
  • Questions and answers: 902 22 30 40 & info@caixaimpulse.com.

Selection process

2015 call for projects is closed

Once the application period has ended, we will review your project to confirm that it complies with the rules for participating.

Our selection process is based on the standards of the European Science Foundation in the European Peer Review Guide: Integrating Policies and Practices into Coherent Procedures, the CaixaImpulse programme funded by the ”la Caixa” Foundation is governed by the peer review assessment process.

The European Peer Review Guide establishes that transparency is one of the fundamental principles of best practice in peer review of projects. Accordingly, before the process of application evaluation begins, the ”la Caixa” Foundation will make available to interested parties the rules and procedures that govern the programme.

Project selection criteria

2015 call for projects is closed

When evaluating projects, we will consider aspects such as the project’s market potential as well as its potential financial and social impact.
Specifically, we will rate:

The market potential of the asset

(up to 31 points out of 100)

Identification of the necessity or problem resolved; identification of the potential client and market; innovation and distinctiveness in comparison with other existing solutions; proximity to the market.

The valorization project

(up to 26 points out of 100)

Level of asset development and protection; proper identification of the actions to be carried out in the value proposition and cost assessment; definition of aims and targets.

The implementation capacity

(up to 29 points out of 100)

Profile of the project leader and degree of knowledge of the technology; business knowledge and experience in industry (training in various branches of management, industry knowledge, prior experience, etc.); the project leader’s motivation and commitment; the existence of a support team and the complementary nature of its members

The social and responsible innovation potential

(up to 14 points out of 100)

Social ambition and impact, and the contribution to improving the quality of people’s lives, social progress and human advancement; research and innovation identified and pursued in response to society’s needs; mechanisms for involving the various stakeholders with an interest in the project; assessment of the ethical, social, legal and environmental implications.