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Awards

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

Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: ERC Grants
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.


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.

"MARIE CURIE" AMAROUT II Europe Programme

Awardee/s:
Contact: IMDEA Software (program coordinator)
Official Website: Amarout
Duration: October 2012 – December 2017
Funded by: European Union. Marie Curie Action (PEOPLE COFUND)
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. AMAROUT II was launched on October 1st, 2012, offering 152 fellowships until 30th September 2015.


Former Awardee/s:
AMAROUT I (2009-2013)
AMAROUT II (2012-2016)

TEAM Erasmus Mundus Programme Scholarships

Awardee/s:
  • Foivos MICHELINAKIS, PhD Student
Contact: Albert Banchs, Deputy Director, IMDEA Networks Institute (albert.banchs@imdea.org)
Official Website: Team Mundus
Funded by: European Union – ERASMUS Mundus Action 2 Programme
Description:

The TEAM Erasmus Mundus project brings together world class higher education and research institutions as well as industrial partners in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). As an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 Programme, funded by the European Commission, the TEAM partnership offers scholarships to talented junior and senior ICT researchers for a mobility in Europe or Japan and Republic of Korea.

 

Foivos Michelinakis has been awarded a mobility scholarship to perform a 6 month stay, from January to July 2017, in South Korea, where he will pursue a research plan approved by the evaluation committee of the TEAM programme. 


Ramón y Cajal Grants

Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: Ramón y Cajal
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO)
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.


Former Awardee/s:

Juan de la Cierva Incorporation Grants 2015

Grant for the recruitment of PhD-holders by research and development centers.
Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: Juan de la Cierva
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness (MINECO), National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability, part of the National Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016
Description:

The purpose of the Juan de la Cierva incorporation grants is to encourage the recruitment of young doctors by Spanish research organizations or R&D centers. Grants are awarded for a period of two years in order to strengthen the grantee’s acquired skills during a first stage of postdoctoral training.


Grant to promote youth employment and the implementation of the Youth Guarantee system in R&D+i 

Awardee/s:
  • Carlos CONTRERAS, Junior Software Developer
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: Youth Guarantee System
Funded by: National Programme for the Promotion of Talent and Its Employability in R&D+I. Spanish Ministry of Economy, Industry and Competitiveness
Description:

The purpose of this call is to provide a grant, for a period of two years, to improve the training and employability of technical and management R&D personnel. This personnel will be hired by universities, organizations and research centers within the public sector in order to reinforce their research activities and improve the performance of infrastructure, scientific and technical equipment, laboratories or any other facility or service, whether it is intended for general or common purpose, scientific or technical use, or oriented to research management.


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

Grants for training university teachers - FPU

Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: FPU Grants
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD)
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.


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)

Mobility stays for professors and researches in foreign research and higher education centers

Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: Mobility program
Funded by: Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sports (MECD)
Description:

This program is aimed at promoting mobility, via stays abroad, of university lecturers and researchers who are experienced and can demonstrate a reputable professional career, in order to promote their continuous training. Organizations chosen for the stay must be located abroad and be highly competitive universities and research centers in the candidate’s scientific area of interest.


Attraction of research talent - Chairs of Excellence Programme

Grants designed to attract research talent for its incorporation into research groups within the Madrid Region. Modality 3.A: Chairs of Excellence Programme.
Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: Chairs of Excellence program  
Funded by: Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Government of Madrid
Description:

The objective of these grants is to promote the short-term incorporation of prestigious researchers from foreign R&D organizations to the RD&I centers of the Madrid region, in order to strengthen those research teams that develop their work in areas of strategic interest. The ultimate aim is to promote scientific excellence by attracting first line researchers from the international academic and research communities to carry out R&D activities in the Madrid region. 


Youth Employment Initiative (YEI)

Grants for the recruitment of research assistants and laboratory technicians co-financed at 91.89% by the European Social Fund through the Youth Employment Operational Program and the Youth Employment Initiative (YEI), 2016.
Awardee/s:
Supervisor:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: YEI program  
Funded by: Department of Education, Youth and Sports, Regional Government of Madrid
Description:

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 systems, 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) 

Awardee/s:
Contact: Ana González, Projects and Funding Manager, IMDEA Networks Institute (ana.gonzalez@imdea.org)
Official Website: La Caixa scholarships
Funded by: Fundación "la Caixa" (Fundación Caja de Ahorros y Pensiones de Barcelona)
Description:

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.