Innovation and european projects

  • The GENDER-NET project began in the year 2013 with an award of assistance by the European Commission with the primary aim of meeting the common challenges still faced by European research institutions in achieving gender equality in research and innovation.

    The project ended in October 2016, but because of its success over these three years, it has received a further subsidy to extend it for five more years (2017-2022), giving rise to GENDER-NET Plus ERA-NET Cofund.

    With the”la Caixa” Foundation and the Spanish ministry of Finance, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO) as Spanish partners, this project depends on a consortium of sixteen organisations with the primary aim of reinforcing transnational cooperation between the owners and managers of research programmes, giving support to the promotion of gender equality through institutional change and encouraging the inclusion of sex and gender analysis in finance and research programmes. 

  • The aim of the COMPASS project is to analyse how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can be included in a meaningful way in the innovation systems that exist in European industry.

    Thus, it sets out to provide evidence for better absorption of RRI in research, development and innovation (RDI) and to foster cooperation in three key fields of innovation: biomedicine, nanotechnology and cyber-security. Another goal is the sustainable, responsible promotion of RDI in the running of highly innovative companies.

    To develop responsible innovation road maps, the project will involve compiling evidence of the benefits of RRI to industry through interviews with professionals, case studies of companies in the sectors assessed and organising “Responsible Innovation Laboratories”.

    The ”la Caixa” Foundation takes part in the project by designing and starting up the “Responsible Innovation Laboratories”, specifically in the biomedical sector in Catalonia, and leads communication and dissemination of the measures.

    «This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 710543».


  • EIT Health is a unique European Union initiative to stimulate innovation and entrepreneurial spirit throughout Europe under the auspices of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). The EIT Health consortium won a competitive round of tendering run by the EIT in 2015 to be the vehicle for promoting innovation in biomedicine and health in the European Union in the next seven years.

    EIT Health collaborates with the ”la Caixa” Foundation through the CaixaImpulse programme, supporting biomedical research projects with the potential to transfer the results of their research to society through the setting up of spin-offs or licences.

  • The aim of the HEIRRI project (from HEI, Higher Education Institutions, and RRI, Responsible Research and Innovation) with the help of the ”la Caixa” Foundation, is to incorporate the concept of RRI in scientific and engineering degree courses, and to work essentially through universities and other higher education institutions (HEIs).

    The project lasts for three years and has a budget of about one and a half million euros, financed by the European Commission Horizon 2020 programme, among others.

    HEIRRI project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 666004.