The object of these terms and conditions is to finance projects designed for the obtaining of prototypes and for the valorisation and transfer of the results of the research created by research teams in Catalonia.
The projects subject of these terms and conditions must belong to the proof of concept stage of the Technology Readiness Level scale and must comprise structural activities of a demonstrative nature that permit the achievement of a proof of concept, pilot scale, pre-industrial testing or pre-clinical trials, amongst others, and that make it possible to reduce the uncertainties as to the technical and commercial viability of the technology under development.
 The proof of concept stages relate to stages 3 to 7 on the Technology Readiness Level (TRL) scale, according to the document included in the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 work programme [Decision C (2014) 4995 of 22 July 2014]: <http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/data/ref/h2020/wp/2014_2015/annexes/h2020-wp1415-annex-g-trl_en.pdf>.
Research teams from universities in the Catalan universities system, research centres, technology centres, hospital foundations and non-profit foundations whose main activity is research and which are based in Catalonia (where they must carry out all or part of the research activity) may benefit from these grants.
The projects subject of these grants may be individual or partnership-based, depending upon whether there are one or more participating institutions. In any case, payment shall always be made to the institution to which the person responsible for the application belongs. The relationship between the participants in a partnership project must be formalised by means of an agreement signed between the parties.
The institutions must be owners or co-owners of the research results whose valorisation is sought by means of these grants. Management of any additional results that may be obtained during the carrying out of the project is the responsibility of the applicant institution. In the case of partnership projects, the different institutions must reach between each other the relevant agreements on intellectual property rights, and formalise them in the agreement noted in Clause 2.3.
Participating research teams must be responsible for creating the knowledge or technology whose valorisation is sought. Research teams must be made up of at least two members, who have to meet the following requirements:
1. Responsible Scientist must possess a doctorate and must be statutorily or contractually linked to the workforce of the participating university or centre and worm there on a full-time basis.
2. Enterpreneur Scientist must be at the predoctoral or postdoctoral stage.
The Business Mentor, who must join the research team, once the projects have been chosen, to form the Llavor team, must meet the following requirements:
- Her or she may not belong to companies or institutions in which members of the research team have positions of responsibility, shareholdings or recognised advisory activities.
- Her or she may not receive any form of remuneration for carrying on this activity.
Projects must be executed within a maximum of 18 months from the day following the date of publication of the definitive award resolution.
The maximum amount of the Project grant is 100,000.00 (one hundred thousand) euros. The intensity of the grant is 100% of the project amount, 50% of which comes from the ERDF and which must be advanced from the AGAUR budget allocated to the call. The grants awarded shall be subject to the tax regulations applicable at the time of their award.