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Period for submitting applications: From 1 July to 9 August

NEW LINES OF FUNDING FOR RESEARCH AND INNOVATION PROJECTS LAUNCHED AND DEVELOPED BY THE RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY CENTRES OF THE CITY AND ITS METROPOLITAN AREA

[Call for grant and subsidy applications]

Barcelona has launched the Barcelona Science Plan with the aim of bolstering the city as a European capital of science. It aims to create a favourable environment for the research and technology centres, universities, and entrepreneurial and productive fabric of the city to deploy innovative solutions that lead to improving living conditions in the city in a way that benefits all citizens.

This year, Barcelona City Council and La Caixa are allocating a total of €900,000 to promote projects that revolve around two thematic areas: (1) ageing and quality of life, and (2) mobility and respect for and protection of the environment, as a way of contributing to the modernisation of the city of Barcelona, within the framework of the sustainable development objectives (ODS), which guide the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. These objectives address the issues of poverty, hunger, health, education, inequalities, inclusion, economic prosperity, the protection of the planet, the fight against climate change, cities and territories, energy, sustainable production, and consumption and governance.

A parallel aim is to incorporate technological transformation into citizen awareness as a useful tool that will encourage citizen participation in research activities on issues that directly affect them.

 

[Recipients]

Groups of a minimum of three applicant institutions, two of which must be in the field of research. It is desirable that one organisation be third sector or business.

The applying organisations must present a new project concerning one of the topics described and, in the event that they are selected, develop it in a cooperative manner.

At least one of the organisations must be domiciled or have its head office in the municipality of Barcelona

Specifically, institutions that can apply for the grant are:

  • Public universities, their research institutes, and private universities.
  • Public research bodies.
  • Other R+D centres with their own legal capacity linked to public administrations or with mainly public sector participation.
  • Public and private non-profit health institutions and organisations linked to or that have agreements with the National Health System or the ICS, and carry out research work.
  • Public and private non-profit organisations that carry out R+D activities as the main objective of their work and that generate scientific knowledge.
  • Companies and business organisations which, depending on their business purpose, are linked to the content of the project. These companies must have fewer than 50 employees and innovation must be their priority objective.
  • Other organisations that contribute to the dissemination and popularisation of science or that carry out work supporting technology transfer.

 

[Categories]

The projects must be based on two priority areas for the sustainable evolution of the city of Barcelona:

  1. ageing and quality of life;
  2. mobility and respect for and protection of the environment.

Regardless of the category in which they are registered, the research projects must be structured along two main lines:

a) They must incorporate a technological component as a relevant part of the proposals.

b) They must arise from the collaboration of at least three applicant institutions working together to promote synergies and optimise the design, implementation, and dissemination of the projects.

 

[Where to apply for the subsidy]

Online

You must fill in and submit the application through the City Council e-office.

[FAQs]

What is the time period for submitting applications?

 

From 1 July to 9 August. Applications submitted later than this date will not be accepted.

 

What are the topics of the call for applications?

 

The call for applications has two main thematic lines:

  1.  Ageing and quality of life.
  2. Mobility and respect for and protection of the environment.

 

What is the maximum funding amount?

 

Each project can be awarded a maximum of €150,000.

 

Who can receive this grant?

 

Groups of a minimum of three applicant institutions, two of which must be in the field of research. It is desirable that one organisation be third sector or business.

The applying organisations must present a new project concerning one of the topics described and, in the event that they are selected, develop it in a cooperative manner.

At least one of the organisations must be domiciled or have its head office in the municipality of Barcelona

Specifically, institutions that can apply for the grant are:

  • Public universities, their research institutes, and private universities.
  • Public research bodies.
  • Other R+D centres with their own legal capacity linked to public administrations or with mainly public sector participation.
  • Public and private non-profit health institutions and organisations linked to or that have agreements with the National Health System or the ICS, and carry out research work.
  • Public and private non-profit organisations that carry out R+D activities as the main objective of their work and that generate scientific knowledge.
  • Companies and business organisations which, depending on their business purpose, are linked to the content of the project.
  • Other organisations that contribute to the dissemination and popularisation of science or that carry out work supporting technology transfer.

 

How will the projects be selected?

 

Scientific and technical quality, capacity for implementation, suitability of the applicant team, and the social impact of the projects will be appraised

The selection process will be conducted by an evaluation committee, and will be based on the reports of external, national, and international experts in the subject areas set out in this call for applications, who will remotely assess the projects according to the evaluation criteria and the points system detailed in the call. Each project will be evaluated by three randomly assigned experts depending on the subject area. 

 

What is the time period for developing the projects once the grants have been awarded?

 

Eighteen months, starting from when the grant is awarded (50% of the grant amount is given when the project gets under way and the remaining 50% when the project is halfway through).

 

What basic documentation must be presented to enter the call for applications?

 

Basic compulsory documentation:

a. Application to join the call (Application form - Appendix 1)*
Scientific and technical project report, which must be no longer than fifteen pages and written in English in Times Roman 11 point font and single spaced. For the presentation of the scientific and technical report use the detailed guide at: (Project description-appendix 2)*

This document must contain:

  • A summary of the project in no more than 300 words (in Catalan or Spanish).
  • The aims of the project (general and specific) and the research questions.
  • The proposed methodology.
  • Expected results of the research and details of what they can contribute to the city of Barcelona in terms of both policy decision-making and the citizens and knowledge
  • Timetable for developing the project in relation to the work plan and the tasks assigned to each organisation.
  • Requisite proof of the benefits of both the applicants’ cooperation in developing the project and of generating synergies with the public in general.
  • Proposed dissemination actions.

b.Agreement form signed by the various organisations, which specifies the terms of the agreement between the grouped organisations that are promoting the project within the framework of the research and innovation projects of the Barcelona Science Plan 2019-2020 (Agreement between the organisations - Appendix 3)*

c.Economic viability plan for the project, stating the general budget for its development and including a budget for each applicant organisation and a common budget for the entire project (Viability plan - Annex 4)*

d. CV of the project organiser (Appendix 5)*

e. DNI of the legal representatives and documentation certifying the representation.

f. Documentation certifying the legal capacity of all the organisations and their entry in the corresponding register.

g. Applicants’ NIF.

Should the grant be awarded, each applicant organisation will also have to present:

h. Declaration of Compliance for transparency as foreseen, in accordance with Article 15.2 of Act 19/2014, of 29 December, on transparency, access to public information and good governance, for grants of 10,000 Euros (Declaration of transparency - Appendix 6)*

i. Creditor data sheet: (Creditor data - Appendix 7)* Each applicant must certify their bank details.

The documents in f. g. and h. do not need to be provided when they are already in the possession of the Institute of Culture, provided that no more than five years have passed since their submission and they have not been altered in any way. In this case, the applicant must indicate the procedure in which these documents were attached.

*Documents with an asterisk will be made available to the applicants once the call for applications has been opened at the Barcelona City Council e-office.

**If appendix 1, appendix 2 and appendix 4 are not submitted, the application will not be accepted.

 

What documentation must be delivered after the grant is awarded?

 

  • A follow-up report and an interim audit, which must be delivered nine months after the grant is awarded.
  • A final scientific and technical report and a final audit, which must be submitted within three months of completion of the project.

A dissemination article and a summary of the dissemination actions resulting from the project, which must be delivered within four months of completion of the project.

 

What will the data policy for the selected projects be?

 

The data resulting from the research will be made public through open science channels and/or on the City Council website.

 

Tracking the application

 

The approved subsidies will be published on the BOPB and on the Barcelona City Council website, Virtual Office and Subsidies.

You will need the registration number and the procedure reference number to check your application.

 

 

You can make inquiries about the subsidies at this link.