ACCIÓ – Government of Catalonia
TECNIOspring PLUS fellowship programme
ACCIÓ – Government of Catalonia
Catalonia Trade & Investment is the Catalan Government’s agency for foreign investment and business competitiveness. It promotes innovation, internationalisation, trade and funding of Catalan companies and startups.
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Application deadline: Sep 14
Location: Barcelona, Spain
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TECNIOspring PLUS fellowship programme


TECNIOspring PLUS, ACCIÓ's fellowship programme, provides financial support to individual mobility proposals presented by experienced researchers in liaison with a host entity. Fellows are offered 2-year employment contracts in order to develop applied research projects at the host entity of their choice.

TECNIOspring PLUS is an international mobility fellowship programme that offers experienced researchers the possibility to develop their research career in any R&D entity around the world.

Participants: entities and researchers

TECNIOspring PLUS proposals are submitted by a Catalan host entity, together with an experienced researcher.

  • Catalan host organisations may be companies located in Catalonia with 5 or more employees, or TECNIO entities accredited by the Government of Catalonia through ACCIÓ.
  • Experienced researchers are researchers of any nationality that have a PhD or four to eight years of full-time equivalent research experience. Researchers must not have resided or carried out their main activity in the country of their host organisation for more than 12 months in 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for the submission of applications. Exceptions will be made for candidates with justified career breaks

Applicants should complete and submit the Application Form, attached with the CV of the Researcher and the Project description in accordance with the available templates.


The programme offers experienced researchers two types of fellowships: 

  • Incoming: 2-year contract in a Catalan company or a TECNIO entity
  • Outgoing + return: 1-year contract in a research/technology centre or R&D department of a company located outside Spain, and 1-year contract in Catalonia or a TECNIO entity afterwards.

Programme benefits

Experienced researchers will benefit from 2-year employment contracts including:

  • Salary costs (with full social security coverage): Incoming: 58.500 € per year. Outgoing + return: 46.200 € per year x correction factor during the stay abroad. 
  • Research costs: Up to 8.640 € per year. 
  • Mobility costs: Up to 960 € per year. 

The programme offers a selection of activities aimed to complete the researchers' career development:

  • Top-notch tech transfer training, including entrepreneurship training
  • Secondments and short visits
  • Participation in public engagement activities
  • Networking activities within the fellows’ community

For further information consult the Guide for Applicants

Host organisations offer experienced researchers the possibility to develop a research project within their area of interest. At the same time, experienced researchers may suggest a project of their interest to the organisations in order to prepare the proposal. Interested candidates may search for research positions here.

TECNIOspring PLUS call for proposals 2017

Call opening: 2nd week of July 2017
Call deadline: 14th September 2017
Evaluation process: September 2017 to January 2018
Start of fellowships: January 2018


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