Today science is a key factor for progress, competitiveness and well-being. Over the last few years Catalonia has improved the science it produces both in terms of quality and also quantity. Now the challenge is to consolidate its teams of investigators and research groups, to create a tradition and reinforce Catalonia's capacity for science. But citizens also need to know the benefits of scientific research and perceive it as both closely related to them and necessary. To ensure that science and society progress side by side, "la Caixa" Foundation, with the collaboration of the Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP), promotes the RecerCaixa programme.
The call for applications for RecerCaixa research grants is an annual support programme that finances the best research projects by investigators and research groups in Catalonia. It particularly focuses on projects that aim to transform society, ensuring the potential benefits of the research reach citizens, providing solutions to society's problems or producing new scientific knowledge.