The BBVA Foundation-Hospital Clínic de Barcelona Advanced Research Contracts are aimed at specialists in the Health Sciences, with experience in research, who wish to further their scientific specialization by undertaking a specific project related to the strategic research lines of Campus Clínic:

  • Biological aggression and response mechanisms
  • Liver, digestive system and metabolism
  • Oncology and hematology
  • Respiratory, cardiovascular and renal pathobiology and bioengineering
  • Clinical neurosciences

These contracts, called annually from 2021 for three years and aimed at a profile of excellence, bear the names of doctors Joan Rodés and Josep Baselga, in recognition of two particularly innovative and transformational figures in biomedicine, whose multiple contributions are still alive today in many facets of the best clinical and advanced translational research.

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Two research contracts will be awarded to two professionals with a strong clinical and/or translational research profile in order to carry out a research project of an eminently personal nature.

The research project should be of a clinical and/or translational nature and will be carried out in coordination between Hospital Clínic and one or several reputed centers, selected by mutual agreement with the head of the relevant service (depending on the project topic) at Hospital Clínic where the proposed project will be carried out.

The research contract will have a duration of 3 years and will entail a stay of one year in a leading center or centers other than Hospital Clínic de Barcelona (with a minimum of 6 months of this year in a center outside Spain). Exceptionally, the stay may be extended to a maximum of 2 years.

Applicants will be individuals of Spanish nationality, regardless of place of residence, or non-Spanish nationals with stable or long-term residence in Spain, with a track record of scientific research in the clinical and/or translational space and demonstrating a particular interest in one of Campus Clínic’s strategic research lines.

Candidates should be aged under 45 at the time of applying and be specialized in an area of the Health Sciences, with no more than 10 years having elapsed from the completion of their specialty healthcare training. They should also have completed their PhD thesis and hold the academic title of doctor.

These contracts may not be obtained or enjoyed simultaneously with others.

The heads of the Hospital Clínic services in whose areas the selected projects will be carried out will designate a tutor for each from among the institution’s preeminent professionals, who will supervise the progress of the project, participating in the selection of host centers for the research stays and liaising with the same.

Each research contract will be for an annual amount of 100,000 euros, breaking down as 65,000 euros gross salary and 35,000 euros to fund travel and accommodation expenses, the purchase of consumables and other project-related costs required for its execution. All such outlays must be itemized and justified in the project description

Each application will comprise the following documents:

  1. Application form completed and signed by the applicant (to be downloaded from the call website).

Forms should include a text setting out the candidate’s reasons for applying, with a maximum length of 1,000 characters including spaces.

  1. Copy of DNI (both sides)/Passport.
  2.  Non-Spanish nationals should provide documentation accrediting their stable or long-term residence in Spain: registration certificate of Union citizen, foreign national’s identity card (TIE), residence permit issued under Law 14/2013 of 27 September on support for entrepreneurs and their internationalization, and municipal record of residence certificate, as appropriate.
  3. Copy of specialty certificate.
  4. Copy of PhD degree certificate or proof of application for the issue of the same.
  5. Curriculum vitae automatically generated from the CVN editor of FECYT-Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación.
  6. A letter of reference from a researcher or expert in the relevant field who has a direct knowledge of the applicant’s contributions. This letter must be sent directly by its signatory, together with the Personal Data Processing form, to the email address before the deadline for submissions. Such letters may in no event be signed by a head of service at Hospital Clínic.
  7. Description of the research project to be carried out, using the template provided.

The period for submitting applications will run from November 30, 2022 to February 28, 2023 at 18:00, Spanish standard time.

Candidates may complete their applications and attach the required documentation in Spanish or English.

All applications should be submitted to the email address with the applicant’s name stated in the subject line.

If the application contains correctable errors, the BBVA Foundation will inform the applicant to this effect, so they may correct them within 10 calendar days of this notification, as a precondition for the application to enter the evaluation process.

The process of selecting candidates and awarding the research contracts will be in the charge of an evaluation committee made up of 10 experts of acknowledged prestige in the realm of clinical and/or translational research.

The BBVA Foundation and Hospital Clínic de Barcelona will each appoint an equal number of committee members. The committee will be chaired by a representative of Hospital Clínic who will also have a casting vote.

The evaluation committee will assess applicants against the following main criteria:

  • The applicant’s CV profile
  • The research project submitted
  • The viability of the submitted project

The committee will arrive at its decision independently, relying on the best standards applicable to the research discipline.

The resolution of the call will be publicly announced no later than May 31, 2023.

The call may be declared wholly or partially vacant and the evaluation committee’s decision will not be open to appeal.

Once the call has been resolved, the names of the research contract recipients and the membership of the evaluation committee will be published on the websites of the BBVA Foundation and Hospital Clínic.

There will be no further correspondence or communication with applicants who were not among those selected. No itemized or individual information will be provided on either the applications received or the deliberations of the evaluation committee

Research contract awardees must sign an acceptance statement before June 30, 2023. The start of research work under the contract must take place within three months of the signing of this statement.

Acceptance will necessarily entail a stable dedication by the selected researcher over the full length of the project and for the full term of the research contract signed

This call for applications will comply with the provisions of current legislation on the protection of personal data.

The act of participating in this call signifies the acceptance of its conditions and resolution, which will not be open to appeal, and the renunciation of any claim in its respect.

Exceptionally, the BBVA Foundation and Hospital Clínic reserve the right to make changes in the wording of these conditions for the sole purpose of clarifying their content, without such changes in any case implying a substantial or arbitrary alteration of the same. The text of the conditions will be available on the websites of the Foundation,, and Hospital Clínic,

Dr. Josep Baselga and Dr. Joan Rodés

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