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Grants for the attraction of talent in research groups within the Comunidad de Madrid

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Ayudas para la atracción de Talento en grupos de investigación de la Comunidad de Madrid
2017 to 2021
Policy objectives Plus
3.1. Mobility of researchers
3.2. Training and life-long learning of researchers and any other personnel involved in innovation
Presentation of the measure:

The purpose of the grants is the attraction and incorporation of research personnel into the regional RDI system. There are two types of actions:
•    Modality 1: grants for hiring experienced doctors and financing additional R&D activities. The contracted researchers must have performed pre-doctoral and/or postdoctoral stays in an R&D centre abroad and have been linked in the previous years to an institution or R&D agency abroad.
•    Modality 2: grants for hiring young doctors. For at least one year of the last two years prior to the call, the researcher must have been linked to an R& D institution or agency abroad.
The beneficiaries can be public or private universities, public research bodies and centres, foundations of the Madrid Institutes of Advanced Studies (IMDEAS) as well as public and private health entities and institutions, linked with the National Health System. All the organisations mentioned must be located in the Comunidad de Madrid.

Grants have a durability of four years and the total amount for each year is €2,800,000. In this sense, for the first modality 40 applications will be funded and for the second modality 60 applications will be funded. 

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 250000025000002500000
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

Although it is too early to determine the degree of success of the measure, the intended objectives (summarised below), have been achieved in the calls in force so far:

  • Encouraging the recruitment and training of human research capital and its mobility in sectors of regional strategic interest.
  • Increase the competitiveness of research groups and institutions dedicated to RDI through the incorporation of the researchers and their participation in the activities, projects and research programmes in areas of special interest to the Comunidad de Madrid in collaboration with companies and/or related non-profit entities.
  • Promote the mobility of researchers and their active participation in national and international networks and consortiums.

There were more researchers applying for the grants than available funds. The selected personnel have been incorporated into strategic RDI sectors for the Comunidad de Madrid, starting to develop activities in the organisation of choice.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

The measure has proved to be effective attracting R&D talent, encouraging the mobilisation of researchers which have begun to introduce new dynamics in their respective host organisation. The requirements are strict enough to ensure that only experienced researchers can apply for the grants but still flexible and it is focused in the strategic sectors identified in the RIS3 Comunidad de Madrid.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
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