The grant programme of "la Caixa" and IRB Barcelona will allow the recruitment of the best students in biomedicine

Jose M. Valpuesta, Mariano Barbacid, Carlos Martínez, Bernat Soria, Isidre Fainé, Joan Guinovart, Miguel Beato and Josep Francesc de Conrado.

Jose M. Valpuesta, Mariano Barbacid, Carlos Martínez, Bernat Soria, Isidre Fainé, Joan Guinovart, Miguel Beato and Josep Francesc de Conrado.

IRB Barcelona will allocate 4.9 million Euros to attract young talented scientists over four years

The social programme of ”la Caixa” announced today in Madrid a new programme aimed at recruiting the best young talents in biomedicine from all over the world to work at the four major biomedical research centers in Spain, including IRB Barcelona. The new initiative was presented by the Minister of Health and Consumer Affairs, Bernat Soria; the president of “la Caixa” and “la Caixa” Foundation, Isidre Fainé; the director of the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona), Joan Guinovart; the director of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG), Miguel Beato; the director of the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Carlos Martínez, also responsible for the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB), and the director of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO), Mariano Barbacid. Josep F. de Conrado, general director of “la Caixa” Foundation, and Rosa Maria Molins, director of the Grants and Social Studies’ area of the social programme of “La Caixa”, also attended the event.

The project tackles two of the most reiterated concerns from the scientific community: the need to foster research in Spain supported by private entities and the benefit of bringing international talents to join research groups currently developing scientific programmes in our country.

The new grant programme of “la Caixa” to do a PhD in biomedicine at IRB Barcelona will award 40 grants during the next four years, with a total investment of 4.9 million Euros by the financial organization. All grants will secure funding for a period of four years to selected applicants and are open to students and researchers from all over the world.

The total amount granted to awardees will be 1,500 euros per month during the first two years and 1,700 euros during the last two years, plus an additional amount per year equivalent to a monthly payment to cover travel expenses, attendance to seminars, etc. These figures allow the grants offered by “La Caixa” Foundation to compete in equal conditions with those offered by the three major international research institutes in this field: the Marie Curie Research Institute and the Wellcome Foundation, in London, and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO), in Heidelberg.

The programme aims at recruiting young researchers to IRB Barcelona during the next four years to achieve, in 2011, a total of 40 PhD fellowships funded by “la Caixa” Foundation. The total investment of “la Caixa” in this programme amounts to 4.9 million Euros for each of the centers that have signed the agreement with this foundation.

In addition to “la Caixa” grants, IRB Barcelona offers five further grants with the same financial conditions.

For more information about IRB Barcelona grants see IRB Barcelona Fellowships page.