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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.
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:
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.
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.