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Financial Aid Programme

Bizkaia Talent is a non-profit organization promoted by the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, published an open aid call to support the recruitment of professionals and researchers. The economic endowment of this financial aid programme 2017 is EUR 235,000, to boost the recruitment of 5 to 6 highly-qualified professionals and researchers in organisations settled in Bizkaia that wish to develop their own innovative project in Bizkaia.

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The Financial Aid 2017 call will be published on 11 December 2017.

Applications must be submitted from 11 December 2017 to 15 February 2018 (both inclusive).

The Financial Aid 2017 call will be published on 11 December 2017 and will be open until 15 February 2018 (11:00 am). This aid will be apart from the salary agreed on by the organization and the highly-qualified person. To boost the attractiveness of the SMEs settled in Bizkaia the financial aid which the beneficiaries will receive will be considered a supplement to the salary which said beneficiary will obtain from the organization where the professional or researcher will carry out his/her work in Bizkaia.

Our Financial Aid Programme focuses as well on providing support to SMEs that need to develop research or innovation projects (in the fields of technology, science, management, culture, etc.).

This Aid Programme is focused on all SMEs, settled in Bizkaia, under any of the innovation needs (technological, industrial, scientific, managerial, cultural, etc.) which currently exist in organizations and for which there is a real demand for the incorporation and retention of highly-qualified people or researchers.

Mode A aims to push the integration in Bizkaia of professionals and researchers with extensive professional experience. The aid granted by Bizkaia Talent will be divided and executed during the fourth and fifth year of leaving and professional practice or research activity in Bizkaia. The total sum amounts to a maximum of 160,000 Euros which will be distributed in 2 or 3 aids.

Mode B aims to push the integration in Bizkaia of qualified young emigrated staff with limited work experience. The aid granted by Bizkaia Talent will be divided and executed during the fourth and fifth year of leaving and professional practice or research activity in Bizkaia. The total sum amounts to a maximum of 75,000 Euros which will be distributed in 2 aids.

AID PROGRAMME IN FIGURES

At Bizkaia Talent we have channeled almost €8 million into our Financial Aid Programme to give support to 160 talented people in more than 60 organizations of Bizkaia, mainly from strategic and emerging sectors.

FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMME 2017:

Object: aims to support and enhance the professional career of experienced professionals and researchers in Bizkaia.

Purpose: Awarding financial aid for:

  • Recruitment of highly-qualified people in Bizkaia: support to hiring professionals and research staff who enhance the innovative capacity of Bizkaia.
  • Recruitment of qualified young emigrated staff with limited work experience who wish to develop their activity in Bizkaia.

Economic Endowment: EUR 235,000.

Timetable: Bizkaia Talent will keep open the period for presenting requests form 11 December 2017 to 15 Febreruary 2018 at 11:00h.

Innovation Areas the aid is intended for:

The aim is to enable the participation of all SMEs, under any of the innovation needs (technological, industrial, scientific, managerial, cultural, etc.) which currently exist in organizations and for which there is a real demand for the incorporation and retention of highly-qualified people.

Modes:

MODE A: RECRUITMENT OF HIGHLY-QUALIFIED PEOPLE WITH EXTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Requirements of the hired staff:

  • The professional or researcher the aid deals with will have to work and live in Bizkaia for at least 5 years from the date on which he/she is hired.
  • A minimum work experience of 10 years will be required. As an exception, applications with fewer years will be considered if they are related to emerging innovative sectors.
  • Suitability (Curriculum Vitae) to the job.
  • Applicants must have lived and carried out their professional and/or research activity outside the Basque Country for at least 5 years prior to the publication date (11 December 2017) or the call closing date (15 February 2018).

MODE B: RECRUITMENT OF QUALIFIED YOUNG EMIGRATED STAFF WITH LIMITED WORK EXPERIENCE

Requirements of the hired staff:

  • The professional or researcher the aid deals with will have to work and live in Bizkaia for at least 5 years from the date on which he/she is hired.
  • He/she must have been born in the Basque Autonomous Community or have been registered as resident for at least 10 years.
  • Minimum work experience of 5 years will be required. Maximum work experience of 10 years.
  • Have, at least, one university degree.
  • Suitability for the job.

Applicants must have carried out their professional and/or research activity outside the Basque Country for at least 2 years prior to the publication date (11 December 2017) or the call closing date (15 February 2018).

Selection and Evaluation process

The aid will be awarded: Through a merit-based selection of the applications submitted within the established period.

The process includes three filters:

  • In a first phase, Bizkaia Talent will select the applications which fulfil the formal requirements of the call and which may be eligible for the aid.
  • In a second phase, an external and independent expert panel will carry out a remote evaluation of the applications. If necessary, a personal interview will be arranged for the candidates as well as the representatives of the organizations/projects, to determine the score of the applications. A list of shortlisted applications will be produced according to the scores.
  • Finally, in a third phase, the Managing Board of Bizkaia Talent will award the aids among the shortlisted applications

Aid award procedure

The aid will be awarded:

  • Through a merit-based selection of the applications submitted within the established period.
  • To those applications which have obtained a higher score according to the criteria established in this document, the limit of the total aid to be granted being the amount established in the appropriate section of EUR 235,000.

The aid will not be executed until the end of the 3 years of compulsory stay in Bizkaia. That is, the beneficiaries will only obtain the aid after that time, provided they stay in Bizkaia for the following 2 years. The professional or researcher will have to maintain the working relationship with the organization with which they request the aid from this Aid Programme for at least the first two years of their working relationship in Bizkaia.

Bizkaia Talent or the host organization will have to carry out the withholdings required by law and will comply with the applicable tax regulations at all times. The tax laws in force at the time the aid is collected will apply to the candidates (professionals/researchers).

Economic contributions

MODE A: RECRUITMENT OF HIGHLY-QUALIFIED PEOPLE WITH EXTENSIVE PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

The aid granted by Bizkaia Talent will be divided and executed during the fourth and fifth year of professional practice or research activity in Bizkaia. The total sum amounts to a maximum of 160,000 Euros which will be distributed in 2 or 3 aids (4 beneficiaries at most). The aid will be delivered to the beneficiaries in two years: the total aid will be divided into 4 amounts which will be delivered at the end of each semester.

Form of payment of the aid granted: It will be prorated on a six month basis, the first payment being made, once the continuity in Bizkaia of the qualified person or researcher has been confirmed, throughout the first semester of the 4th year of practice in Bizkaia.

MODE B: RECRUITMENT OF QUALIFIED YOUNG EMIGRATED STAFF WITH LIMITED WORK EXPERIENCE

The aid granted by Bizkaia Talent will be divided and executed during the fourth and fifth year of professional practice or research activity in Bizkaia. The total sum amounts to 75,000 Euros, which will be distributed in 2 aids. The aid will be delivered to the beneficiaries in two years: the total aid per beneficiary, which amounts to 37,500 Euros (if both beneficiaries receive the same amount) will be divided into 4 amounts which will be delivered at the end of each semester.

Form of payment of the aid granted: It will be prorated on a six-month basis, the first payment being made, once the continuity in Bizkaia of the qualified person or researcher has been confirmed, throughout the first semester of the 4th year of practice in Bizkaia.

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