Description and rules for participation

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The Validate Call contributes to transfer the results of research to society and the market, and encourages the creation of new products and companies related to life and health sciences. Provides support to early stage biomedical research projects (TRL 1-4) to help them validate their asset and define their valorisation plan.



    Publication of the call for proposals and opening of the on-line system for proposals submission
    19 January 2021, at 2 pm CET

    Deadline for applications (automatic closure)
    1 March 2021, at 2 pm CET

    Resolution announcement
    June 2021

    Specialised trainning programme
    July 2021 (Immersion week)
    September 2021 (Tech Transfer and Valorisation week)
    October 2021 (Financing week)
    November 2021 (Go to Market: Licensing and Startup week)

    Execution of the selected projects
    From July 2021 to September 2023


    We help your bio-health project progress by providing you with high-value resources. We offer:

    • Financial support to develop a valorisation plan and a roadmap for your innovative asset: we offer up to €100,000 to create and implement a valorisation and commercialisation plan aimed at making use of protected or protectable assets resulting from research.

    • Mentors and experts to monitor and support your project: industry experts, consultants and entrepreneurs to help you define the best valorisation and commercialisation plans, whilst providing constant feedback for the project. All the projects selected will be assigned a mentor, a person responsible for advising on drawing up the Valorisation and business Plans and throughout the course of the programme in order to actively montitor the projects and guide its evolution.

    • Specialised Training in key areas: project management, tech transfer, assessment, finance and commercialisation tools, negotiations. The training provides participants with the tools they need to improve valorisation and commercialisation plans.


    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.


    CaixaResearch Validate offers you up to €100.000 to develop your Valoration Plan.


    All the information about this Call for Proposals, the conditions for participating in the selection process and the legal aspects can be found in the Rules for Participation.

    We strongly recommend carefully reading the following documents before submitting your proposal.


    Once your project will be selected you will have to participate in the Specialised Training: four weeks to improve your project and valorisation plan.

    Immersion week
    July 2021
    Identify what you know, what you don’t, and what you need to know; Present and contrast your original plans and receive feedback; Acquire Project Manager Role; First contact with Programme Mentors and expert groups.

    Tech Transfer & Valorisation week
    September 2021
    Tools to improve the corresponding valorisation plan; product development (technical assessment), intellectual property legislation (IP assessment), industrial development and pitch day.

    Financing week
    October 2021
    The value of an early stage project; Investment process: from negotiating, to closing a deal; Meet relevant investors in the health and life sciences sector and obtain their feedback; Pitch day.

    Go to Market: Licensing & Startup week
    November 2021
    Basic knowledge on finance; Basic tools and practical knowledge to negotiate in the Health &Life Sciences sector; The pros and cons of licensing a product; Define your market access strategy.

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Application process

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    1. Entregue sus solicitudes y documentos adicionales accediendo al área privada, donde pueden presentarse solicitudes para todas las convocatorias de la Fundación ”la Caixa”. La primera vez que acceda a esta área deberá registrarse, y recibirá un nombre de usuario y una contraseña para iniciar la sesión.

    2. Una vez se haya registrado, seleccione la convocatoria que corresponda y cumplimente el formulario de solicitud. Descargue el Manual de usuario de la plataforma de solicitud) si necesita más información sobre cómo obtener la acreditación de la entidad o cómo introducir los datos del proyecto en el área de solicitud.

    3. Cumplimente todo el formulario de solicitud en línea. Descargue el modelo de formulario (CaixaResearch Validate Form Sample). Este formulario tiene solo fines informativos. Las solicitudes deben enviarse en línea utilizando la plataforma del sitio web.

    4. Recuerde que la solicitud debe cumplimentarse en inglés. No aceptaremos solicitudes en otro idioma, incompletas, en formato papel o que se hayan enviado por cualquier otro medio o fuera de plazo.


    Consulte la lista de Preguntas frecuentes.


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Selection process

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    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, and 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.


    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 potentia
    (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.

    See the Guide for Evaluators and the Code of Conduct for Collaborators.

  • FAQS

    Check the list of the most Frequently Asked Questions.


    Questions and answers: