Junta de Andalucía

Agencia Andaluza del Conocimiento

Programa Talentia




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The AAC participates in the EU 7FP via the Marie Curie Action, “Co-funding of Regional, National and International Programs” to stimulate research activities without mobility restrictions.


Talentia Postdoc start date, initially programmed for May 2011, was postponed to 2014 due to major Regional Government restructuring in Andalucía and severe budget restrictions due to the financial crisis in Spain.

Once the call was launched the program received 247 applications from 28 countries
around the world. An international evaluation committee of over 30 independent experts was set up and fellows were selected after a process consisting in 3 to 4 experts individually reviewing each application plus video-conference interviews to 40 best candidates.

All 16 fellowships were awarded in August 2014 and contracts started in October 2014. (4 incoming  - 12 outgoing schemes)
Fellows are carrying out their research projects in 22 different research institutions in 8 countries across Europe and America.
The programme will be fully executed by October 2016.


Awardees are engaged in outgoing or incoming mobility schemes within or outside the EU, while connected to the ERA through the research institutions aggregated in Campuses of International Excellence based in Andalusia: Andalucía Tech, CEIBiotic, CEIMar, ceiA3, CEI CamBio y Patrimonium10, that will employ them for two years according to the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and The Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers.

The programme aims to increase the competitiveness of the research institutions in Andalusia, by introducing stimulus and incentives for collaboration and by creating opportunities for new international connections. It is expected that this will contribute to make improvements in terms of innovation, technology transfer, entrepreneurship, productivity and sustainable development in Europe.

Two rounds of applications were run, first one awarding 30 fellowships in February 2015 and second one awarding the remaining 20 fellowships in July 2015. Fellows from the first round started their research projects in March and those of the second round started in October.

For the first Call a total number of 130 applications were received from candidates of more than 15 countries around the world. Awardees (8 incoming and 22 outgoing schemes) will work in 34 different research institutions in 12 countries.
For the second Call 209 applications were received. Awardees (7 incoming and 13 outgoing schemes) will work in 23 different research institutions in 10 countries.

The evaluation was carried out by an international panel of over 30 experts. Each application was reviewed by at least 3 experts independently and best 50 candidates from each round were contacted for telephone or video-conference interviews.

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