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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


ERC Grants

Official Website: ERC Grants
Funded by: European Union. European Research Council (ERC Grants)

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.

Former Awardee/s:
  • Dr. Dejan KOSTIC, Research Associate Professor (ERC Starting Grant), Principal Investigator of the PROPHET research projectThis project was executed at IMDEA Networks from November 2012 until June 2014.


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)


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.


La Caixa scholarships for doctorates at Spanish universities and research centres (2016) 

Official Website: La Caixa scholarships
Funded by: Fundación "la Caixa" (Fundación Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona)

The purpose of this scholarship program is to promote the mobility of young researchers in training and facilitate their incorporation to the best research groups in Spain.

MIT-SPAIN - "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND

  • Dr. Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA, Research Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute
  • Dr. Iyad RAHWAN, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab
Contact: Antonio Fernández Anta (antonio.fernandez@imdea.org)
Official Website: MIT-SPAIN - "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND
Funded by: MISTI Global Seed Funds

Online services have the capacity of learning the preferences and interests of individual customers based on their online activity. Using this knowledge, the online services can be personalized. This personalization filter is referred to as the filter bubble, and it is built from the actions of the user by algorithms run by the services. However, the algorithms used by the online services are not public and carefully kept private. But the filter bubble of users strongly influences the information they access, which has a big impact in society. Therefore, properly understanding the algorithms for filter bubbles is an important and open question. 


The goal of MyBubble is modeling the influence of algorithms in the users’ filter bubble in the online advertising ecosystem. To this end, we will leverage a methodology developed by researchers of the MyBubble team. This methodology allows creating personas, bots that visit carefully selected websites, referred to as training websites that assign them a specific behavior. Once the persona profile has been created, we make the persona visit training and control websites. Control websites are those from where we collect the ads shown to our persona. We keep visiting the training websites so that our persona retains its behavior during the whole execution of the experiment. 


The experiments we plan to run with this methodology will allow to unveil existing algorithmic biases, how the personalization modifies the behavior of the online advertising algorithms under different personas, and how the algorithms change the filter bubble when the persona changes its behavior.