On November 2020, the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) opened an extraordinary international call, supported by European and national projects, offering up to 20 x 4-year fellowships for predoctoral researchers.
Highly motivated graduates in scientific disciplines with laboratory experience and good academic records were sought.
IRB_Dream, a Marie Skłodowska-Curie COFUND Programme
Five of the doctoral places were offered as part of the European project called IRB_Dream, in the framework of the Marie Sklodowska-Curie COFUND Programme. Aimed at international predoctoral researchers who have not spent more than 12 months in Spain in the last 3 years, these fellowships promote the mobility of young scientists.
COFUND (co-financing of regional, national and international programmes) provides organisations with financial support to foster researcher training and career development plans.
EVOMET, training metastasis researchers
Within the framework of the Evomet project, awarded in the European Commission's Innovative Training Networks of the Marie Sksodowska-Curie Actions call, IRB Barcelona offered 2 places to train future metastasis researchers. The objective is to foster the application of the knowledge generated in fundamental research to the search for therapeutic solutions. These 2 places are assigned to the Growth Control and Cancer Metastasis laboratory, led by Roger Gomis, who coordinates the project.
Supported by €4 M over four years, the Evomet consortium consists of 13 international institutions, among them several of the best academic, clinical and industrial entities working in cancer and metastasis research in Europe.
Research into the last common ancestor of eukaryotes funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation
A final doctoral place was funded by the research project "Relative Timing and Modularity in The Path to the Last Eukaryotic Common Ancestor", which the American Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation awarded to Toni Gabaldón, ICREA researcher at IRB Barcelona and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center and head of the Comparative Genomics laboratory.