CaixaImpulse COVID-19

This call is now closed. Submissions are being evaluated and selected projects will be announced in May.

How to participate in this call


Is your project a potential candidate? Please review the following requirements:

For the Projects:

  • Clinical and translational projects that include clearly targeted technologies to prevent, treat, monitor, or diagnose the COVID-19 disease.

For the Beneficiary:

  • They must be non-profit legal entities based in Spain or Portugal.
  • Type of entity: Universities, university foundations, research and transfer centres, technology centres, hospitals, hospital foundations and non-profit institutions whose main activity is research.
  • The Beneficiary is the entity that generated the Assets and/or will develop the project. 
  • One same Beneficiary may complete more than one application provided that they are associated to different protected or protectable Asset(s) resulting from different research projects.

For the Project Leaders:

  • Project leaders must be legal persons with tertiary qualifications (university graduate, professor or doctor).
  • Their exclusive or main dedication to the validation Project, according to the Promoters criteria, for the business idea or transfer to market is required. Project Leader may not be involved in more than one application.
  • The Project Leaders may or may not be the leader of the research project that generated the Asset(s).
  • He or she must have the acceptance of the beneficiary to lead the project.

Rules for participation

All the information about the programme, the conditions for participating in the selection process and the legal aspects can be found in the following document.

We strongly recommend carefully reading the following documents before submitting your proposal.

How do I apply?

  1. Submit your applications and additional documents by entering the private area for applying for all the “la Caixa” Foundation programmes. You must register the first time you enter this area and you will receive a username and password for logging in.
  2. When you initiate the registration process you have to follow these steps: 1) Request authorisation; 2) Select ‘Yes’ to the question “Do you want to apply for Health Research or CaixaImpulse Call for Proposals?”; 3) Select the option “Submit a Letter of Intent for CaixaImpulse Consolidate Call”; 4) Provide the requested information (ID number, etc). Once you have registered, you will have access to the online Letter of Intent form.
  3. Complete the entire online application form. Download CaixaImpulse Form Samples (Letter of Intent and Preselected full proposal). These forms are only for informative purposes. Applications must be submitted online using the Website Platform.
  4. Remember to complete the application in English. We will not accept applications that are in another language or if they are incomplete, in paper format, or submitted by any other means or after the deadline.
  5. Questions and answers:

Selection process

The proposal evaluation procedure consists of two phases: a Pre-selection and a Selection phase. The pre-selection phase is based on the remote assessment of a Letter of Intent using a qualitative rating system, while the selection is carried out by a board and uses a quantitative scoring system. Only pre-selected projects will be invited to submit a Full Proposal.

Project selection criteria

The Innovation Selection Board members will score the Projects between 1 (very poor) and 5 (exceptional) for each evaluated criterion. The evaluation criteria dimensions are listed below:

Transfer potential

(up to 20% of the total score)

To which extent the market opportunity has been correctly identified and dimensioned. Added value in comparison to existing solutions. Valorisation process.

Implementation feasibility

(up to 35% of the total score)

Alignment of project's objectives and milestones. Adequation of requested support. Team members capabilities and complementarity. Project Leader commitment and leadership management.

Development roadmap

(up to 30% of the total score)

To which extent the stated actions and milestones contribute in the advancement of the roadmap. How the participation in CaixaImpulse Programme implies a decisive impetus for the roadmap's advancement.

Social Impact and Responsible Innovation

(up to 15% of the total score)

Involvement of social stakeholders. Addressing of ethical, social, legal and environmental implications derived from the innovation development.

Calendar for the submission and selection of the projects


Questions and answers: