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Frequently-asked questions

Here you will find a list of the most frequently-asked questions. This list is regularly updated, so you can find useful information for completing your application.

If you cannot find your answer, please contact healthresearch@fundaciolacaixa.org
  • As project leader, you have to register in the system and link your institution.

    If the institution was accredited for the HR17 call, you can find it by searching it with the CIF number. In this procedure you will be able to enter your information (it is required the Project Leader information) in order to get your user name and password.

    If once you enter the information, the system informs you that the username already exists, you can use the password from the HR17 call. If you do not remember the password, you can get it by following this link. Forgotten your password?

    In order to complete your application, the manager of your institution must validate that the documents for the institution accreditation are updated.

    If your institution is not registered, you must contact the manager of your institution to process the accreditation. You will not be able to start the application until this step is done.

  • Any research project in the following thematic areas - considered in the broadest sense - can be submitted: (1) Neuroscience, (2) Oncology, (3) Cardiovascular and associated metabolic diseases (4) Infectious diseases and (5) Enabling technologies in the above 4 thematic areas.

  • Projects in which the research is based on the development of health-facilitating technologies focused on the four previous thematic areas. The enabling technologies are the following: micro and nanoelectronics, computational science, big data, photonics, nanotechnology, biotechnology, advanced materials and advanced manufacturing systems.

    In the evaluation process of these projects there will be experts in the different enabling technologies, as well as experts in biomedicine and health in the specific thematic areas.

    If the project basis is the disease or pathology, we recommend you to submit it in the specific thematic area for a better evaluation.

  • Projects in cardiovascular diseases and metabolic diseases associated with risks or cardiovascular alterations. In a broad sense, the research in metabolic diseases of these projects must be related to cardiovascular diseases.

  • The projects should preferably have a duration of 3 years and be carried out between September 2019 and September 2022.

    The maximum duration of projects is 3 years.

  • Yes, this call is not incompatible with other programmes run by the ”la Caixa” Foundation, as long as the proposed budget does not receive funding from these other programmes.

  • Project leaders (PLs) awarded in the HR17 call cannot apply as PLs for new proposals in this edition, as the grant is currently ongoing.

  • A medical doctor (MD) without a doctoral degree (PhD) can take part in this call as a Principal Investigator of a Research consortium, but not as Project Leader.

  • A researcher can only apply as a Project Leader (PL) for a single project. A PL can also appear in different projects as Principal Investigator or team member if their institution is involved in a Research Consortium project.

    There is no limit to the number of projects an institute may submit.

  • Yes, in the case of individual projects the maximum funding that can be applied for in a proposal is €500,000.

    In this case, civil society bodies (such as patients' associations) or companies can take part in individual projects.

  • A research consortium is a group of two or more research institutions that work together on a project. For this call, a research consortium can include a maximum of 5 research institutions (including the Host institution). The Host Institution must be based in Spain and Portugal, but the rest of research institutions can be based in any country.

    Civil society bodies (such as patients' associations) or companies can take part in both individual and consortium projects from any country.

  • No, the fact that projects are individual or a research consortium is not a selection criterion during the evaluation process. Proposals submitted by teams from a single institution and those made up of members of more than one institution are assessed according to the same selection criteria, which are described in the rules for participation.

  • Yes, the ratings of proposals submitted to the HR17 edition do not limit the submission of proposals in this edition (HR18).

    This limitation will apply from this year onwards: HR18 PLs of projects that score less than 5.50 in the peer-reviewed assessment will not be able to submit proposals to the HR19 call as a PL.

    In the HR17 call, 43.4% of projects scored a rating of less than 5.50.

  • The “Host Institution Statement” document must be signed by the legal representative of the Host Institution, the Project Leader and the legal representatives of the Cooperating Organizations. In the case of Research Consortium, the Principal Investigators of each Research Institutions of the Project also need to sign the document. Original and/or electronic signatures may be present, either on the same or different pages, following the template available in the online system (as of November 8, 2018). The signature of this document is mandatory for the project to be eligible.

  • No, all documents required for the institution accreditation may be in the original language.

  • No, companies cannot submit proposals as Host institutions, but they can be part of the Cooperating Organizations both in individual and research consortium projects.

  • No, companies cannot apply for funding. However, they can be subcontracted by any institution of the project.

  • The following Projects are not eligible:

    a) Projects whose results are subject to rights, of any nature, held by for-profit organizations before the submission of the Proposal (including without limitation assignments, licenses, first-refusal rights, distribution agreements, etc.)

    b) Projects that evaluate the efficacy or safety of products, therapies, medical devices or diagnostic systems of for-profit organizations.

  • For projects that require an auditor’s report (agreed-upon-procedures report) on their justifying account, the Host Institution must present such report, detailing the expenses incurred during the project and the procedures applied by the auditor to check that they have been entered into the justifying account correctly according to the approved budget. This report can be prepared by the responsible institution’s financial auditor or be assigned to any other auditor with experience in agreed-upon-procedures reports dealing with justifying accounts.

    The audit report that has to be submitted by the Host Institution may also include audit reports from the other Institutions of the project regarding those elements of the Project and the budget related to the latter, when the auditor of the Host Institution does not audit directly.