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A Programme to Attract Postdoctoral Researchers to the Basque Country in any Research Field

A Programme to Attract Postdoctoral Researchers to the Basque Country in any Research Field


The aim of this project is to reinforce the research potential of the European Research Area, and to consolidate the Basque Region as a Reference Point for excellence in research.Ikerbasque is a Foundation fostered by the Basque Government to strengthen the Basque Science System by means of attracting senior postdoctoral researchers. Ikerbasque currently manages two successful funding programmes running under the COFUND scheme, SmartBrain, offering full time positions for highly qualified and experienced researchers, and SmartFellows, providing short term sabbaticals for visiting researchers. In order to complement these two calls, Ikerbasque is implementing a novel complementary funding programme in the Basque Country for more junior postdoctoral positions to be supported for the next 5 years (from 2013 to 2018) through the current call of the Marie Curie COFUND programme.
The new call to be launched on a yearly basis by Ikerbasque will host mainly incoming (non-national and non-resident researchers) postdoctoral researchers, and some reintegrating (national and non-resident) researchers will also be accepted if they comply with the eligibility criteria. The researchers can submit their applications in any research area.
The selected researchers will have a temporary 5 year contract with all the freedom to choose their own research programme, as well as the host institution amongst the universities, research centres and different laboratories that have an agreement with Ikerbasque. They will be hosted in a research centre or university of their choice, where they will develop the research programme that best fits their individual needs, providing the best conditions for their personal objectives and for the development of a valid research project. Thus, WOLFRAM contributes to increase the research excellence in the private and/or the public sectors of the Scientific System of the Basque Country and, as a spin off effect, of the rest of the European Research Area.
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Activity type

Research Organisations

EU Contribution

€ 6 692 301,84

Administrative Contact

Iñigo Atxutegi (Mr.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 600380


Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 August 2013

  • End date

    31 July 2020

Funded under:


  • Overall budget:

    € 16 730 754,61

  • EU contribution

    € 6 692 301,84

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