Santander will support young researchers with scholarships of €50,000 through the ComFuturo . programme

This talent attraction program promoted by CSIC and the CSIC Public Foundation opens its third call for international scholars for the first time.

Banco Santander and CSIC have been working together since 2010 to boost research talent and employability in Spain.

The cooperation between the two institutions also includes support for the Good Scientific Practice Training Program, which Santander will support with an additional amount of €100,000.

Madrid, March 22, 2022.
Today in Madrid was the presentation of the third edition of the talent attraction program ComFuturo, promoted by the CSIC Center and the CSIC Public Foundation (FGCSIC) and which was open for the first time to applicants of any nationality. The Public-Private Collaboration Initiative, which has received significant support from Banco Santander since its first launch, aims to attract the best young research talent and enable them to develop projects in CSIC centers. ComFuturo is now part of the Marie Skodowska-Curie Joint Action Program (MSCA) of the European Commission to attract international researchers.

The event was attended by the President of both entities, Rosa Menendez. Secretary General for Innovation, Teresa Risgo, and Director General of FGCSIC, Ramon Torresillas, together with program beneficiaries and prominent representatives of the entities supporting this initiative: Banco Santander (Primary Special Beneficiary), Acerinox, Fundación Cepsa, Fundación Domingo Martínez, Lilly, Agbar and the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT).

ComFuturo is proposed as a CSIC public enterprise alliance with CSIC and leading private entities committed to science, youth and talent. Its goal is to unite a new generation of global, diverse and multifaceted researchers, who combine scientific excellence with knowledge transfer capabilities, and who know how to combine scientific leadership with a practical approach to solving industrial and social problems.

This third edition expands its focus to attract talent of any nationality who has not resided or carried out their main business in Spain for more than 12 months, in the past three years. Under the MSCA-Cofund, ComFuturo will allow the recruitment of 15 new researchers, with up to 10 years of post-doctoral experience, to develop their innovative projects at CSIC centers and institutes for a period of three years. They will be projects whose developments contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) of the United Nations 2030 Agenda and in specific areas proposed by the cooperating entities, which respond to the strategic challenges of their corresponding productive sectors.

In her speech, the President of CSIC and FGCSIC, Rosa Menendez, revealed the need to attract young research talent to Spain, and especially to CSIC, to ensure a generational change of scientists who provide real, sustainable and innovative solutions to society. and support initiatives, such as ComFuturo, where public and private support meet. The Director General of FGCSIC, Ramon Torresillas, among others, emphasized the new nuances of entrepreneurship in this third edition, in line with the innovation and investment objectives of the new FGCSIC strategy, which is focused on enhancing public-generated knowledge that truly reaches the citizen.

After the interventions, a discussion was held, moderated by Luis Quevedo, Director of Strategic Projects at FECYT; In which María Sanz, Director of Science, Strategy and Corporate Social Responsibility at FGCSIC, and with representatives of ComFuturo beneficiary entities Javier López, Director of Social Impact of Universities of Santander and Juana Frontilla, Director of the Cepsa Research Center participated. In addition, the symposium included testimony from researchers benefiting from the second edition, such as Juan M. Losada and Ana Belén Dongil.

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