Programme & Call
Next call open 19 January to 1 March 2021
How to participate in this call
Is your project a potential candidate? Please review the following requirements:
For the Projects:
- Projects must be aimed at the valorisation and commercialization of protected or protectable Assets resulting from research.
- Projects must be related to the areas of Life, Medical and Health Sciences.
- Projects may or may not have a patent or utility model pending. If this is not the case, the protection of the asset must be included in the valorisation plan and budget.
For the Beneficiary of a Valorisation Grant:
- They must be non-profit legal entities.
- Type of entity: Universities, university foundations, research and transfer centres, technology centres, hospitals, hospital foundations and non-profit institutions whose main activity is research.
- They must be the owner or co-owner of the protected or protectable Assets resulting from the research and subject of the Valorisation Plan.
- One same Beneficiary may complete more than one application provided that they are associated to different protected or protectable Assets resulting from different research projects.
- Established companies are explicitly excluded.
For the Project Leaders:
- Project leaders must be legal person with tertiary qualifications (university graduate, professor or doctor)
- Their exclusive or main dedication to the validation Project, according to the Promoters criteria, for the business idea or transfer to market is required. Project Leader may not be involved in more than one application.
- The Project Leaders may or may not be the leader of the research project that generated the Assets.
- The project leader must be connected to the Beneficiary and he/she will require the agreement of the Beneficiary to be able to submit the application.
Rules for participation
All the information about the programme, the conditions for participating in the selection process and the legal aspects can be found in the following document.
We strongly recommend carefully reading the following documents before submitting your proposal.
How do I apply?
- Submit your applications and additional documents by entering the private area for applying for all the “la Caixa” Foundation programmes. You must register the first time you enter this area and you will receive a user name and password for logging in.
- Once you have registered, select the corresponding CaixaImpulse Programme and complete the application form.
- Download the User Manual of the application platform if you need more information about how to do the Entity Accreditation or how to fill in the project in the applying area.
- Complete the entire online application form. Download CaixaImpulse Form Sample. This form is only for informative purposes. Applications must be submitted online using the Website Platform.
- Remember to complete the application in English. We will not accept applications that are in another language or if they are incomplete, in paper format, or submitted by any other means or after the deadline.
- Questions and answers: email@example.com
Once the application period has ended, we will review your project to confirm that it complies with the rules for participation. Our selection process is based on the standards of the European Science Foundation in the European Peer Review Guide: Integrating Policies and Practices into Coherent Procedures, the CaixaImpulse programme funded by the ”la Caixa” Foundation is governed by the peer review assessment process.
The European Peer Review Guide establishes that transparency is one of the fundamental principles of best practice in peer review of projects. Accordingly, before the process of application evaluation begins, the ”la Caixa” Foundation will make available to interested parties the rules and procedures that govern the programme.
Project selection criteria
When evaluating projects, we will consider aspects such as the project’s market potential as well as its potential financial and social impact.
Specifically, we will rate:
The Quality of the Science and the Asset and the Market potential
(up to 49 points out of 100):
Level of innovation; intellectual property protection; level of development; identification of the necessity or problem to be solved; the value proposition; identification of the potential users, clients or market; close-to-market.
The Valorisation Project
(up to 15 points out of 100)
Correct identification, structure and focus of actions to be carried out in the valorisation proposal, cost dimensioning and scheduling; definition of objectives.
The Transfer and Implementation capacity
(up to 24 points out of 100)
Profile of the Project Leader and level of technology knowledge; motivation and commitment of the Project Leader; existence of a support team and complementarity of the members.
The Social and responsible innovation potential
(up to 12 points out of 100)
Benefits created in society and direct social application of the Assets and level of contribution to improving the quality of life of citizens, social progress and human development; research and innovation detected and driven based on society's needs. Mechanisms of participation and involvement of the different social stakeholders involved in the Project; Assessment of the ethical, social, legal and environmental implications.
Calendar for the submission and selection of the projects
Am I a Programme Beneficiary?
We understand the Beneficiary of the Programme to be the non-profit legal entity that owns the Assets resulting from the scientific research and/or innovation activities. Specifically, universities and university foundations, research and transfer centres, technology centres, hospitals and hospital foundations, and non-profit organisations whose main activity is research, located and/or registered in any Horizon Europe Region.
The Beneficiary will be awarded with a grant for the Project, which will be managed according to the conditions established within these Rules for Participation.
What does the CaixaImpulse Programme offer?
We offer you expert guidance advice and grants for the preparation and implementation of a Valorisation Plan for proprietary or patentable assets resulting for research and the creation of a Commercialization Plan.
The economic support includes a grant of up to 100,000 euros for the implementation of approved Valorisation Plans. Besides this, the Programme includes the support of mentors; contact with businesses, entrepreneurs and investors; and specialist assessment and training in different areas.
Valorisation grants for the Beneficiaries
The Beneficiaries of the Programme may receive a Valorisation Grant for the implementation of the approved Valorisation Plan.
The Valorisation Grant will consist of the following:
» An amount for a maximum of EUR 50,000 for the implementation of the approved Valorisation Plan.
» An extra amount for a maximum of EUR 20,000 up to EUR 50,000, which may be requested and approved after reviewing the Valorisation Plan. Such extra amount will be subject to approval by the LCF and CCR based on clear justification of the need of this increase and mentor feedback.
Can one beneficiary present different projects?
Yes, one centre could develop different projects. Each application has to be associated to one protected or protectable asset resulting from the research and subject of the Valorisation Plan.
Can Established Companies present a Project?
No, established companies are explicitly excluded of this Programme.
Can one participant lead different projects in the Programme?
No, because it is required exclusive or almost exclusive dedication to the Project.
Can different people attend Programme activities?
The Participant of the Project has to be who attends the Programme activities. However, a lot of activities, events and sessions of the Programme will be also open to members of the team or the Receiver (research and transfer centres, technology centres, universities and university foundations, hospitals and hospital foundations, etc.).
What commitment does the Programme require from the Participant?
Exclusive or almost exclusive dedication to the Valorisation and Commercialization Plans and the programme is required, as well a minimum 80% assistance to the events programmed in the Mentoring and Expert Advice Programmes.. Participants may not be involved in more than one application.
Can we participate in the program if we do not have a patent or utility model application filed when applying to the Programme?
Yes. In this case the protection of the Assets must be included in the Valorisation Plan and budget, and the patent or utility model must be requested prior to signing the valorisation agreement.
Can we receive the Grant for the Valorisation Plan if we do not have a patent or utility model application filed when applying to the Programme?
No. The payment of the valorisation grant is conditioned by the approval of the Valorisation Plan, signing of the Valorisation Agreement, and the existence of a patent or utility model application.
For projects that still have not filed the patent or utility model application at the time of presentation of the application, the costs for the patent or utility model application can be included in the Valorisation Plan and made during the Programme.
Can projects in consortiums or with co-owned assets participate in the Programme?
Yes. In the case of co-owned assets or projects in consortiums, there must be included within the application an acceptance letter stating the agreement of all the stakeholders with the rules for participation and the designation of the Beneficiary of the Programme as the representative.
Legal entities from all EU member states can be part of the consortiums as long as the consortium is leaded by a Spanish or Portuguese legal entity (the Beneficiary of the Programme) that owns or co-owns the asset.
In case of projects in consortiums or with co-owned assets, who will receive the Valorisation Grant?
In the case of project in consortiums, the Beneficiary of the Programme will receive and distribute the project funding among the other consortium members as specified in the valorisation agreement. The Beneficiary will be responsible to justify the expenses incurred by all consortium members that execute the Valorisation Plan.
Am I ceasing or transferring rights over the product when receiving the grants?
Industrial or intellectual rights of property belong to the beneficiaries. Regardless, receipt of grant for valorisation implies economic rights over the future creation of a company or over agreements or future licenses that will be reinvested in future editions and beneficiaries of the programme, and which will be included in the Valorisation Agreement CaixaImpusle has defined a reimburesement procedure following three different ways to exploit the asset. Check the section 10 – Exploitation and 11 Reimbursement of the Rules for participation for more information.
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