Call for proposals CaixaImpulse 2016 is closed

Aimed at researchers from:

Universities

Hospitals

Non-Governmental Organizations

in the fields of Healthcare and Life Sciences, interested in transferring research assets from the lab to society and the market

Requeriments

Is your project a potential candidate? Please review the following requirements

For the Projects:

  • Projects must be aimed at the valorization and commercialisation of the protected or protectable Assets resulting from research.
  • Projects must be related to the areas of Life, Medical and Health Sciences, specifically from the following fields:
    • Life Sciences: Biomathematics, Cell biology, Human biology, Biochemistry and Molecular biology, Human physiology, Genetics, Immunology, Microbiology and Neurosciences.
    • Medical and Health Sciences: Clinical sciences, Epidemiology, Forensic medicine, Occupational medicine, Internal medicine, Nutritional sciences, Pathology, Pharmacodynamics, Pharmacology, Preventive medicine, Psychiatry, Public health, Surgery and Toxicology.
  • 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, and the patent or utility model must be requested prior to signing the valorization agreement.

For the Beneficiary of a Valorization Grant:

  • They must be non-profit legal entities registered in Spain.
  • 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 Valorization 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.
  • He or she must be connected to the Beneficiary either by statute or employment. 

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 reading carefully the following documents before submitting your proposal.

How do I apply?

  1. Submit your applications and additional documents from 1 April to 15 July 2016 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.
  2. Once you have registered, select the corresponding CaixaImpulse Programme and complete the application form. 
  3. Download Application FAQ document if you need more information about how to do the Entity Accreditation or how to fill in the project in the applying area.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Questions and answers: 902 22 30 40 & info@caixaimpulse.com.

Selection process

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 51 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 Valorization Project

(up to 15 points out of 100)

Correct identification, structure and focus of actions to be carried out in the valorization proposal, cost dimensioning and scheduling; definition of objectives. 

The Transfer and Implementation capacity

(up to 20 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 14 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

FAQ's

  • 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 Spain.

    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 CaixaImpulse Programme offer?

    We offer you expert guidance advice and grants for the preparation and implementation of a Valorization 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 70.000 euros for the implementation of approved Valorization Plans. Besides this, the Programme includes the support of mentors; contact with businesses, entrepreneurs and investors; and specialist assessment and training in different areas.

  • Valorization grants for the Beneficiaries

    The Beneficiaries of the Programme may receive a Valorization Grant for the implementation of the approved Valorization Plan.

    The amount of the grant to be requested is up to 70.000€:

    • 50.000 € grand should be requested when the application is submitted.
    • An extra grant up to 20.000€ can be requested and approved after reviewing the Valorization Plan during the first half of the programme. The extra grant will be approved by CaixaImpulse Executive Committee, based on clear justification of the need of this increase and mentor’s 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 Valorization 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 Valorization 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 Valorization Plan and budget, and the patent or utility model must be requested prior to signing the valorization agreement.
  • Can we receive the Grant for the Valorization Plan if we do not have a patent or utility model application filed when applying to the Programme?

    No. The payment of the valorization grant is conditioned by the approval of the Valorization Plan, signing of the Valorization 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  Valorization 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 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 recieve the Valorization 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 valorization agreement. The Beneficiary will be responsible to justify the expenses incurred by all consortium members that execute the Valorization 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 valorization 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 Valorization Agreement:

    If the exploitation of the Assets is to be carried out by means of the setting up and/or incorporation of a legal entity:

    • A percentage of up to 1% of of the economic and political rights of the Company at the time the Assets are transferred to or begun to be exploited for Caixa Capital Risc or by another company within Criteria Group or by FBLC itself.
    • Royalties: a canon or royalty equal to 0.5% of the annual Net Sales to “la Caixa” Foundation until the total amount of the Valorization Grant has been reached that will be reinvested in future editions and beneficiaries of the Programme.

    If the exploitation of the Assets is fulfilled through Licences:

    • An amount equal to 1% of the annual net revenues resulting from the total or partial assignment or licence of the Assets or the Product/s to third parties, or from any other way of exploitation.
    • Royalties: a canon or royalty equal to 0.5% of the annual Net Sales to “la Caixa” Foundation until the total amount of the Valorization Grant has been reached that will be reinvested in future editions and beneficiaries of the Programme.

Questions and answers: 902 22 30 40 & info@caixaimpulse.com