Proposals will have a duration of up to 3 years and may be submitted as:
Individual projects: submitted by a single research organization (Host Organization, HO), requesting up to €500,000.
Research consortium projects: submitted by at least two and no more than five research organizations and coordinated by the HO. Research consortium projects may request up to €1,000,000.
Both individual and research consortium projects may also include non-profit civil society organizations (CSO), such as patients’ associations. Established companies may not form part of the cooperating organizations that carry out activities of the project.
Grants may be awarded up to €19,000,000* to support the selected projects. The intention is to distribute this amount approximately equitably among the different thematic areas, but the final distribution will always depend on the quality and specific characteristics of the submitted proposals.
* This amount is subject to final approval by ”la Caixa” Foundation.
The Francisco Luzón Foundation will co-fund one project on Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).
The ”la Caixa” Foundation and the Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) collaborate by means of the Iniciativa Ibérica de Investigação e Inovação Biomédica (i4B) within the framework of the Call. Under this initiative, the FCT may fund additional projects among the best ranked proposals with a Portuguese component.
The fact that proposals are submitted as an individual or a research consortium project, or are basic, clinical or translational research projects will not be a selection criterion during the evaluation process. The only selection criteria for assessing the proposals are those described in the rules for participation.
Correct allocation of the budget and its suitability for the activities to be carried out will be a strictly evaluated criterion during the selection process.