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    The objective of Junior Leader “la Caixa” is to select outstanding researchers in terms of the originality and importance of their contributions in their scientific discipline, as well as having the leadership skills to head their own research group. The criteria to be applied in evaluating applications are the following: 


    1. Excellence of professional background: professional background will be assessed in relation to the stage of the candidate’s career. The relevance and contribution of the candidate to the articles published in scientific journals (citations, impact factors, etc.), scientific and technical books or chapters, work presented at congresses, patents granted or licensed, and in general, any other contribution that will make it possible to evaluate different aspects of research, will be assessed.

    2. Motivation and Research Proposal: excellence of the submitted proposal in the personal statement document considering its originality, innovative character and potential impact, as well as the quality and suitability of the chosen research centre.

    3. Letters of recommendation: the letters of recommendation supporting an application will be evaluated considering the details of the contents with regard to the candidate, as well as the profile of the people signing them.



    1. Candidate potential: the candidate's potential, paying particular attention to the candidate’s interpersonal skills, such as clarity and consistency of discourse, expression of ideas, ability to present complex reasoning, teamwork, capacity for independent reasoning, originality, entrepreneurship and leadership will be evaluated. 

    2. Motivation and impact of the proposal: the conceptual and methodological novelty of the submitted proposal, as well as its impact, understood in its broadest sense—capacity of the submitted project to contribute towards the transformation and improvement of fields such as economy and creation of wealth, society, culture, science, citizens’ quality of life, the environment or public policies—will be evaluated.

    3. Academic and professional background: the contributions made in the field chosen for the research project presented, as well as the coherence between the candidate's academic education and professional background, will be evaluated.