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We dedicate extensive resources to obtaining external funding to support our research team and in particular those members who excel in their capacities, with the objective to promote the scientific and technical potential of our human capital and, as a direct result, the outreach of the Institute's activities.

The funding of our individual researchers takes the form of awarded Grants, Scholarships and Fellowships. These awards are similar to externally-funded research in their openness and the strict selection processes used, and they confer prestige on the awardee as well as on the organization he is affiliated to.


Contact Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
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Funded by European Union. European Research Council (ERC Grants)
Description Europe currently offers insufficient opportunities for young investigators to develop independent careers and make the transition from working under a supervisor to being independent researchers in their own right. This structural problem leads to a dramatic waste of research talent in Europe. It also limits or delays the emergence of the next-generation of research leaders, who bring new ideas and energy, and it encourages highly talented researchers at an early stage of their career to seek advancement elsewhere.

ERC grants are the best-endowed individual grants for researchers in Europe and a major indicator of excellence in scientific research. Competitive applicants must have already shown a high potential for independent research and evidence of scientific maturity. Scientific excellence in fundamental research is the sole criterion for the selection of proposals by a panel of international experts. ERC grants have been operating since 2007 and aim to support internationally recognized scientists performing cutting-edge research in Europe. The projects awarded are characterized by having a strong multidisciplinary nature and innovative applications in emerging fields. ERC Starting Grants are designed to support researchers with two to seven years of experience since completion of their PhD (or equivalent degree) and a scientific track record showing great promise. ERC Consolidator Grants are for more senior researchers, with seven to twelve years research experience. They are designed to support researchers at the stage at which they are consolidating their own independent research team or programme.


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Project website http://amarout.imdea.org
Duration October 2012 – December 2015
Funded by European Union. Marie Curie Action (PEOPLE COFUND)
Project partners IMDEA institutes (IMDEA EnergyIMDEA FoodIMDEA MaterialsIMDEA NanoscienceIMDEA NetworksIMDEA SoftwareIMDEA Water)
Description AMAROUT Europe is a Marie-Curie Action (7FP - PEOPLE-COFUND) for researcher mobility, which aims to foster and consolidate the European Research Area by attracting to Europe and, in particular, to the region of Madrid (Spain) top research talent. AMAROUT contributes with IMDEA to turning Madrid into one of the top knowledge generation regions in Europe. To accomplish this, during 4 years, the AMAROUT I program financed researchers to join the IMDEA network of research institutes for one year (renewable for two or three) and beginning on March 1st, 2009. The IMDEA Networks awardees for this period were: Dr. Pierre FRANCOIS, Research Assistant Professor; Dr. Sergey GORINSKY, Research Associate Professor; Dr. Dariusz KOWALSKI, Visiting Professor; Dr. Vincenzo MANCUSO, Research Assistant Professor; Dr. Reza REJAIE, Visiting Professor; Dr. Balaji RENGARAJAN, Research Assistant Professor; Dr. Gianluca RIZZO, Research Assistant Professor; Dr. Joerg WIDMER, Research Professor. AMAROUT II was launched on October 1st, 2012, offering 152 fellowships until 30th September 2015.

  • Scientist in charge Dr. Antonio Fernández Anta, Research Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute
  • Name of researcher Dr. Nicolas Nicolaou, Special Scientist (Teaching Position), University of Cyprus

Research project ATOMICDFS
Contact Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
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Funded by European Union. FP7-PEOPLE-IEF
Description An Intra-European Fellowship (IEF) for career development is a Marie Curie Action aimed at providing an individual grant allowing an Experienced Researcher to move within Europe to pursue a particular research project. The fellowship is designed for researchers willing to develop their career in Europe outside their home country. Thus, researchers based in EU Member States or Associated Countries are eligible to apply. The basic requirements are to be in possession of a doctoral degree or to have at least 4 years’ full-time research experience, after having obtained a degree that permits the researcher to embark on a doctorate. Generally, the project must be carried out on the premises of a host organization in an EU or Associated Country other than the researcher’s. Special consideration is also given to those returning to a research career after a break.


Ramón y Cajal Grants

(Programa Ramón y Cajal)


Contact Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
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Funded by Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), previously known as the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación – MICINN)
Description The Ramón y Cajal program's main objective is to strengthen the research capacity of R&D groups and organizations from the public as well as the private sectors, by means of the hiring of researchers who have been awarded a Ph.D. and who have applied presenting a research line they wish to develop. The Ramón y Cajal program provides grants which are gradually and progressively co-financed by the receiving organizations, which shall in turn identify and define their research strategies and those areas in which they wish to specialize. These grants are awarded on merit of scientific achievements of doctorates in all areas of knowledge , by Spanish R&D organizations.

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FPU Scholarships

(Becas del Programa de Formación de Profesorado Universitario)


Contact Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
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Funded by Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD), previously known as the Spanish Ministry of Education  (Ministerio de Educación - MEC)
Description FPU scholarships are part of the Spanish program for professional training of university lecturers (Programa de Formación del Profesorado Universitario - FPU), and they are designed to promote academic training in doctoral programs and research training for those who wish to focus their professional activity on university teaching and research. These scholarships are awarded on merit of academic achievements.

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I3 Subventions

(Programa I3)


Contact Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
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Funded by Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Government of Madrid (Consejería de Educación, Juventud y Deporte, Comunidad de Madrid)
Description I3 subventions are aimed to promote the incorporation of researchers and the intensification of the relation of cooperation and coordination of their research activities, technological innovation and development, as a specific strategic goal of the Spanish National Plan for Scientific Research and Technological Development and Innovation (R&D) 2008-2011. The objectives of this program are the following:

  • To increase the long-term incorporation of lecturers/researchers
  • To encourage the hiring and repatriation of Spanish or foreign researchers renowned for their experience
  • To promote the incorporation to the Spanish National R&D system of young researchers

I3 beneficiaries are non-for-profit organizations.

iJOIN granted a Runner-up Award to the Best European Cooperative R&D Project 2013 in the Ninth madri+d Awards

iJOIN project logoiJOIN (Interworking and JOINt Design of an Open Access and Backhaul Network Architecture for Small Cells based on Cloud Networks) is a project involving 12 partners, headed by Dr. Albert Banchs Roca, Deputy Director of IMDEA Networks Institute.

iJOIN focuses on “small cell" technology, which is of key importance for taking advantage of limited and strategic resources, such as the radio wave spectrum. This project positions the Madrid Region at the forefront of scientific leadership in a highly innovative sector.

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MEDIEVAL shortlisted for Future Internet Award 2012

MEDIEVAL (MultimEDia transport for mobIlE Video AppLications), a European Project involving 10 partners, was shortlisted for the Future Internet Award 2012, together with two other potential candidates.

MEDIEVAL aims to evolve the Internet's architecture for the efficient support of video traffic, one of the major challenges for the future Internet. This traffic type is foreseen to account for close to 90% of consumer traffic by 2012, with an increase in mobile traffic of more than 200 percent per annum.

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TRILOGY Project wins European Future Internet Award 2011

TRILOGY logoEU-funded project TRILOGY has seen European researchers improve Internet traffic management and preserve high quality connections: all this in the context of present-day social, economic and technical demands.


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The following publications have either received or been nominated to a Best Paper Award. They are listed in order of publication, starting by the most recent:


A. Loch, M. Hollick, T. Nitsche, J. Widmer, A. Kuehne, A. Klein (*BEST PAPER AWARDBEST PAPER AWARD)
Practical Interference Alignment in the Frequency Domain for OFDM-based Wireless Access Networks (Download PDF in a new window 591 KB)
The 15th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WoWMoM 2014)
16-19 June 2014, (Sidney, Australia)

Opportunistic Beamforming for Finite Horizon Multicast (Download PDF in a new window 620 KB)
The 15th International Symposium on a World of Wireless, Mobile and Multimedia Networks (IEEE WoWMoM 2014)
16-19 June 2014, (Sidney, Australia)

S. Vissicchio, L.  Vanbever, C. Pelsser,  L. Cittadini, P. François, O. Bonaventure (*IETF/IRTF APPLIED NETWORKING RESEARCH PRIZE (ANRP2013)BEST PAPER AWARD)
Improving Network Agility with Seamless BGP Reconfigurations  (Download PDF in a new window; 336 KB)
Prize awarded by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Internet Research Task Force (IRTF)
July 28th, 2013

K. Verma, G. Rizzo, A. Fernández Anta,  R. Cuevas, A. Azcorra (*BEST PAPER AWARD BEST PAPER AWARD
Greening the Internet: Energy-optimal File Distribution (Download PDF in a new window; 417 KB)
The 11th IEEE International Symposium on Network Computing and Applications(NCA12)
23-25 August, 2012, 2012, (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA)

S. Arévalo, A. Fernández Anta, D. Imbs, E. Jiménez, M. Raynal (*BEST PAPER AWARD  “Sociedad de Computación Concurrente y Distribuida)”BEST PAPER AWARD
Failure Detectors in Homonymous Distributed Systems (with an Application to Consensus) (Download PDF in a new window; 117 KB)
Premio “Sociedad de Computación Concurrente y Distribuida”
XX Jornadas de Concurrencia y Sistemas Distribuidos
13-15 June, 2012, (Pamplona, Navarra, Spain)

B. Rengarajan, G. Rizzo, M. Ajmone Marsan (*BEST PAPER AWARD BEST PAPER AWARD
Bounds on QoS-Constrained Energy Savings in Cellular Access Networks with Sleep Mode (Download PDF in a new window; 686 KB)
The 23rd International Teletraffic Congress (ITC 2011)
6-9 September, 2011, (San Francisco, USA)

F. Giust, A. de la Oliva, C.J. Bernardos (*BEST PAPER AWARD BEST PAPER AWARD)
Flat Access and Mobility Architecture: an IPv6 Distributed Client Mobility Management Solution (Download PDF in a new window; 385 KB)
3rd IEEE International Workshop on Mobility Management in the Networks of the Future World (Mobiworld 2011), in conjunction with The 30th IEEE International Conference on Computer Communications (IEEE INFOCOM 2011)
10 April, 2011, (Shanghai, China)

A. Cuevas, M. Urueña, G. de Veciana (*BEST PAPER AWARD BEST PAPER AWARD)
Dynamic Random Replication for Data Centric Storage (Download PDF in a new window; 497 KB)
The 13th ACM International Conference on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Wireless and Mobile Systems (MSWIM 2010)
17-21 October, 2010, (Bodrum, Turkey)

Exploiting concurrency to improve latency and throughput in a hybrid storage system (Download PDF in a new window; 238 KB)
The 18th Annual Meeting of the IEEE International Symposium on Modeling, Analysis and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems (IEEE MASCOTS)
17-19 August, 2010 (Miami Beach, Florida, EE.UU.)

A. Bikfalvi, J. Garcia-Reinoso, I. Vidal, F. Valera (*BEST PAPER AWARDBEST PAPER AWARD)
Nozzilla: A Peer-to-Peer IPTV Distribution Service for an IMS-based NGN (Download PDF in a new window; 364 KB)
Fifth International Conference on Networking and Services (ICNS)
20-25 April 2009, (Valencia, Spain)

I. Martínez-Yelmo, A. Bikfalvi, C. Guerrero, R. Cuevas Rumín, A. Mauthe (* IEEE FMN 2008 Best Paper Award BEST PAPER AWARD)
Enabling Global Multimedia Distributed Services based on Hierarchical DHT Overlay Networks (Download PDF in a new window; 266 KB) 
Proceedings Conference on Next Generation Mobile Applications Services and Technologies 2008. 1st IEEE International Workshop on Future Multimedia Networking Workshop – FMN 2008, Vol. 1, pp. 543-549
Editorial: IEEE Computer Society, 
17-18 September 2008, (Cardiff, Wales, UK)

The following researchers have received various awards, from career related prizes to the best PhD or MSc Thesis or to the best graduation degree project. They are listed starting by the most recent recipient:

Premio de excelencia 2013 – Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (5ª edición), modalidad: Joven personal investigador”.
Prize awarded by the Social Council of University Carlos III of Madrid. The prize is sponsored by the said Council and Banco Santander.
May 8th, 2013

Opportunistic cellular communications with clusters of dual-radio mobiles. Masters thesis, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Premio Extraordinario de Máster Oficial Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Curso 2011/2012. Programa de Máster Interuniversitario en Ingeniería Telemática.”
Masters thesis defended on October 3rd, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. The prize was awarded on December 18th, 2012.

Peer-to-Peer Television for the IP Multimedia Subsystem. PhD thesis, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
“Premio extraordinario de doctorado Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Curso 2011/2012”.
PhD Thesis defended on July 18th, 2012, in Madrid, Spain. The prize was awarded on November 27th, 2012.

Implementation of Advanced Network Mobility Mechanisms over Fonera Routers (Implementación de Mecanismos Avanzados de Movilidad de Redes sobre Routers Fonera). Graduation degree project, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
Premio Finalista Asociación de Telemática al Mejor Proyecto Fin de Carrera o Trabajo Fin de Máster en Ingeniería Telemática”.
Prize awarded by the Official College of Telecommunication Engineers (COIT) and the Spanish Association of Telecommunication Engineers (AEIT).
June 28th, 2012.

Control-Theoretic Adaptive Mechanisms for Performance Optimization of IEEE 802.11 WLANs: Design, Implementation and Experimental Evaluation. PhD thesis, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid.
“Premio extraordinario de doctorado Universidad Carlos III de Madrid – Curso 2011/2012”.
PhD Thesis defended on March 18th, 2011, in Madrid, Spain. The prize was awarded on November 27th, 2012