The “La Caixa” Foundation is providing 23.1 million euros to support 33 outstanding biomedical projects

The CaixaResearch Call for Health Research 2022 has selected 33 new biomedical and health projects promising in research centers and universities in Spain and Portugal. In this way, the ‘la Caixa’ Foundation reiterates its support for outstanding projects that can have a positive impact on citizens’ health.

The company provides all of this 23.1 million euros these projects – 20 of them Spanish and 13 Portuguese – to be developed over the next three years.

The call to which she introduced herself this year 546 suggestions, aims to identify and promote initiatives of great scientific excellence and of greater potential value and social impact in both basic and clinical, translational and innovation research. Specifically, all aim to address areas that pose a health challenge, such as: infectious diseases (11 projects), neuroscience (9 projects), oncology (8 projects) and related cardiovascular and metabolic diseases (5 projects). Several of the winning initiatives will develop biomedical technologies that make it possible to address some of these health challenges.

As for the origin of the selected projects, 20 come from research centers and universities from different autonomous communities of Spain: Catalonia (9), Autonomous Community of Madrid (6), Andalusia (2), Comunitat Valenciana (2) and Galicia (1). There are also 13 initiatives from different centers in Portugal: 7 from the Lisbon metropolitan area, 3 from the north region (Porto, Braga), 2 from the central region (Coimbra) and 1 from the Algarve.

Alliances to promote research

The CaixaResearch Call is conducted in partnership with the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT) of the Portuguese Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education, which is contributing 2.3 million euros to subsidize 3 of the 13 Portuguese projects selected in this edition. The call is also supported by the Luzon Foundationwhich, together with the »la Caixa« foundation, is co-financing a project on ALS.

The type of aid granted includes funding of up to 500,000 euros in three years for projects submitted by a single research institution, and up to €1,000,000 over a period of three years for projects submitted by consortia of 2 to 5 research institutions.

Since the program began in 2018, the company has allocated 94.8 million euros for 138 innovative investigations with a major social impact, 95 of them, led by Spanish teams, and 43, by research groups from Portugal, in the only call for health research grants that exists in the Iberian region. All have been selected by annual committees of international experts who evaluate the proposals, interview shortlisted candidates and select the highest quality.

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