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Grants for hiring pre-doctoral researchers in training

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Contratación de personal investigador pre-doctoral en formación
2015 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
1.1. Institutional R&D funding
3.2. Training and life-long learning of researchers and any other personnel involved in innovation
3.5. Retaining knowledge and experience of older knowledge workers
3.4. Encouraging participation of women in science, technology and innovation activities
Presentation of the measure:

This measure intends to contribute to cover the expenses incurred by public and private research centres and universities located in Aragón when hiring personnel. Particularly, young researchers who conduct research activities in specific and novel projects in the context of their doctorate studies.
Some factors assessed through the call are potential of the projects to promote academy-industry interactions, create employment, reduce the genre gap in research and innovation in Aragón, and attract and retain talent.  
The contracts last a maximum of four years and their number depends on the budget available.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 75600010080001008000
EU Structural Funds 302400040320004032000
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:

No evaluations have been conducted so far. Nonetheless, the high number of applicants and the successive editions (2016-2020, 2017-2021 and 2018-2022) can be understood as positive indicators of the measure.

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

The measure targets young researchers involved in impactful projects thus, it benefits not only the participants, who acquire professional experience in the research field, but the overall RDI in Aragón.

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