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The "la Caixa” Welfare Projects awarded 40 grants this week for the third edition of the international Doctorate in Biomedicine program, geared towards young talent from around the world studying at four benchmark biomedical research centers in Spain: the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG) and the Institute for Research in Biomedicine (IRB Barcelona) in Barcelona and the National Cancer Research Center (CNIO) and the National Center for Biotechnology (CNB-CSIC) in Madrid.

The event was presided over by Minister of Science and Innovation Cristina Garmendia,”la Caixa” CEO Joan Maria Nin, and General Manager of the ”la Caixa” Foundation Jaume Lanaspa. The directors of the four research centers where the grant recipients will be working, Maria Blasco (CNIO), José M. Valpuesta (CNB), Luis Serrano (CRG) and Joan Guinovart (IRB Barcelona), also attended the event.

”la Caixa” grant program to participate in the Doctorate in Biomedicine expects to award 160 grants over four years with an estimated investment of roughly €18.4 millions. All the grants are for four years and are open to international students and researchers. The current group of grant recipients is made up of researchers from 17 different countries, with students from Italy (9), Spain (8) and India (4) at the top of the list.

The grant stipend is €1,500 per month net in the first two years and €1,700 per month net in the last two years, plus an additional monthly stipend to cover travel costs and seminars. These amounts put the grants awarded by the ”la Caixa” Welfare Projects Foundation on par with those offered by the best international research institutions in this field.

With this program, the Catalan financial institution aims to address two of the most common concerns of the scientific community: the need to drive research —both in Catalonia and the rest of the country— through donations from private organizations and to incorporate international talent into research groups in our country.

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