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IMDEA Networks Institute monitors and evaluates its scientific results in order to obtain a sound appraisal of the degree of fulfillment of its strategy and objectives, optimizing the management of its resources and maximizing its impact. The pursuit of excellence is at the core of all of our activities.

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.

Below we list our Current & Former Funding Awards

Current Funding Awards


Ramón y Cajal Grants

Official Website: Ramón y Cajal
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO)

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.

Former Awardee/s:

Juan de la Cierva Training Grants 2017

Official Website: Juan de la Cierva 2017
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities through the State Research Agency (AEI), National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability, part of the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016

The purpose of the Juan de la Cierva training grants is to encourage the employment of young doctors for a period of two years to complete their postdoctoral research training in Spanish R&D centers other than those in which they carried out their predoctoral training.

Grants for training university teachers - FPU

Official Website: FPU Grants
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD)

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.

Former Awardee/s:
  • Dr. Alexander BIKFALVI, PhD Student (2009-2011)
  • Dr. Marco GRAMAGLIA, PhD Student (2009-2012)
  • Dr. Michal KRYCZKA, PhD Student (2009-2013)
  • Dr. Paul PATRAS, PhD Student (2009-2011)
  • Dr. Elli ZAVOU, PhD Student (2013-2016)
  • Dr. Evgenia CHRISTOFOROU, PhD Student (2014-2017)
Supplementary grants for beneficiaries of the subprogram for university teacher training (FPU) - Temporary Relocation:
  • Dr. Michal KRYCZKA, PhD Student (01/01/2012 – 01/08/2012)
  • Dr. Elli ZAVOU, PhD Student (21/02/2016 – 20/08/2016)
Supplementary grants for beneficiaries of the subprogram for university teacher training (FPU) - Temporary Stay:
  • Evgenia CHRISTOFOROU, PhD Student (10/04//2016 – 09/07/2016)

Grants to promote youth employment and the implementation of the Youth Guarantee system in R&D+i (2015 - 2021)

  • Marta DORADO, Junior Science Communicator (2019-2021)
  • Elvira CONTI, Junior Project Administrator (2019-2021)
  • Rubén RUPÉREZ, R&D laboratory technician (2019-2021)
Official Website: Youth Guarantee System
Funded by: National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability in R&D+i. Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation. Cofunded by European Social Funds (ESF) through the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).

The purpose of this call for proposals is to grant Aid, for a period of two years, to improve the training and employability of technical and R&D management personnel through their employment contracts in universities, public sector research bodies and organisations, while at the same time reinforcing research activities and the performance of infrastructures, scientific-technical equipment, laboratories or any other premise or service of a general nature or of common use by the organisation, of a scientific-technical nature, or of research management.

Former Awardee/s:
  • Alejandro REYES, Junior Software Developer (2015-2016)
  • Carlos CONTRERAS, Junior Software Developer (2016-2017)


Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)

Grants for the recruitment of predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers co-financed by the European Social Fund through the Youth Employment Operational Program and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI).
  • Marius PARACHIV, Post-Doc Researcher


Official Website: YEI program
Funded by: European Social Fund (Youth Employment Initiative), Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Government of Madrid.

The aim of these grants is to recruit young people, over the age of sixteen and under the age of 30, who are neither employed nor enrolled into education or training programs, so that they are apt to receive an offer of employment and thus strengthen the research teams that develop their work in areas of strategic interest for the Madrid region.