Innovation Projects

Funding helps ERC grant-holders to bridge the gap between their research and the earliest stage of a marketable innovation. The type of high-risk/high-gain research promoted by the ERC at the frontiers of knowledge often generates new or unexpected opportunities for commercial and societal applications.

The ERC is committed to ensuring the full exploitation of the outstanding ideas that it funds.

IRB Barcelona has been awarded 6 ERC-PoC projects.


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BiomedTec is is an in-house programme supported by “la Caixa” Bank Foundation and devoted to validating early-stage technologies from all disciplines. The programme fosters the transfer of scientific results to the market, with the aim to improve patient quality of life.

The first call in 2012 was focused on cancer. Due to the success of this call, applications were broadened to all therapeutic fields, To date, this programme has launched 8 calls and has awarded funding to more than 20 projects in fields such as oncology, cardiometabolic , the central nervous system, ophthalmology, and trail-blazing research tools, among others.

The Knowledge Industry Programme, run by AGAUR (Agency for Management of University and Research Grants), a public funding body of the Government of Catalonia, fosters the transfer of technology and knowledge to the business sector. IRB Barcelona has been awarded funding in three project stage categories: Llavor (2), Producte (4), Mercat (1; project awarded to the spin-off Iproteos).

CaixaImpulse Validate is an acceleration programme promoted by “la Caixa" Foundation that provides support to early-stage biomedical research projects to help validate assets and define a valorisation plan. Apart from financing the valorisation plan, it strengthens the skills of future entrepreneurs. Three IRB Barcelona projects have benefited from this prestigious programme.

Gínjol is a new patent fund set up by CERCA, an organisation that belongs to the Government of Catalonia and that supervises, supports and facilitates the activities of research centres in Catalonia. IRB Barcelona received funding for projects submitted by Innovation Department in the first call for applications launched in 2016. To date, IRB Barcelona has been awarded 6 grants.

Doctorados Industriales, a call run by the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, aims to promote PhD training in companies by co-financing the employment contracts of those undertaking doctoral studies. To favour the insertion of highly qualified staff into the business sector, PhD theses focus on industrial research or experimental development projects.

Promoted by the Botín Foundation, the “Mind the Gap” programme supports the development of products and services that arise from lab bench results. IRB Barcelona has been awarded three “Mind the Gap” projects, which have each received €500,000 , as well as specific support for two years.

The Technology Transfer Programme run by the Botín Foundation offers research groups financial and management resources with the aim to ensure the dynamic and effective transfer of knowledge to society and the productive sector. Five IRB Barcelona researchers have been invited to join this prestigious programme.

The Premi Pioner seeks to recognise researchers at CERCA centres who, in the previous 18 months, have defended a doctoral thesis with a clear orientation towards launching or strengthening a technology or product of industrial or commercial interest or that can make a significant contribution to the development of public policies.

The VALUNI call, run by the Government of Catalonia, promotes the commercialisation of technologies by supporting key activities that facilitate the licensing of patents and/or creation of technology-based companies. In 2016, the Innovation Department was awarded this grant for global activities. In addition, in 2017, two translational projects promoted by the department received funding.

The RETOS-COLABORACIÓN call, run by the Ministry of Science and Technology, supports collaborative projects between companies and research organisations, with the aim to promote the development of new technologies and the business application of new ideas and techniques, and contribute to the creation of new products and services. IRB Barcelona has participated in eight of these Public-Private-Partnerships.