Bizkaia Talent


bizkaia:talent extends the application period for financial aid for research, with funding of €900,000 co-financed by the European Comission

Bizkaia:talent extended the application period for the financial aid that it provides through the Programme for Research, totalling €900,000, which can be applied for up until 15th May 2015 at 11:00.

Bizkaia:talent, an agency of the Economic Promotion Department of Bizkaia Provincial Government, will be responsible for managing this call for applications – the fourth one of its kind – with the backing of the EC.

The 2015 Financial Aid Programme aims to support, involve, train and improve the careers of experienced researchers conducting their own research programmes in strategic fields of research and in association with research organizations based in the Historic Territory of Bizkaia.

This financial aid is aimed at firms, universities, associations and foundations whose registered office is in Bizkaia or which have a centre of work here and will be distributed according to three different modes.

  • The first mode is intended to support the integration into Bizkaia of experienced researchers. Under this mode up to 100% of gross annual salary will be funded, up to the first three years of the labour relationship between the researcher and the hiring organization.
  • The second mode enables short- to medium-term co-working by widely-experienced researchers, allowing them to co-operate with Bizkaian organizations on carrying out innovative research projects in Bizkaia. The researcher’s remuneration will be financed fully or partially up to a maximum of €61,000 per year, for a maximum period of two years.
  • The third mode supports the training/skill-building of researchers, helping their career development in Bizkaia through participation in a research project in a renowned international organization that will enable them to broaden their skill base before returning to Bizkaia at the end of the period. With the financial aid provided under the call for applications that opens today, the researcher’s mobility and/or travel and living expenses will be fully or partially financed.

This is the fourth time that financial aid co-financed by the European Commission has been provided, after the Commission selected bizkaia:talent’s programme to support and co-work with, out of a total of 50 proposals from all over our continent.


This financial aid reinforces Bizkaia Provincial Government’s commitment to attracting, promoting and involving talented persons in the Historic Territory through its agency bizkaia:talent. To date BPG has invested over four million euros in the calls for applications held in the latest period co-financed by the EC (2012-2015) to help with the hiring and training of, and co-working by, highly-skilled professionals. The investment that bizkaia:talent has made in its various financial aid programmes has resulted in 145 highly-trained professionals joining 60 organizations in Bizkaia which operate in the fields of automotive engineering, bioscience, aeronautics, creativity and innovation, energy, telecommunications and capital goods, to name a few, with total financial aid in the region of eight million euros including this latest call for applications.

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