The selection of candidates for ICREA positions is based on peer evaluation and has scientific excellence and leadership as its sole criteria. There are five evaluation panels, covering all areas of knowledge, with some overlap to cater for interdisciplinary and emerging fields.

The basic concept for the evaluation is that it essentially depends on the judgment of high profile experts. We do not want to rely on quantitative measures of academic output, but rather on the well-informed judgment of the experts in recognizing excellence. We strive for quality, not quantity.

ICREA fully endorses and shares the principles of the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (SFDORA), by which it discourages evaluators to rely only on journal-based metrics (such as Journal Impact Factors) as a surrogate measure for the quality of individual research articles. For the purposes of research assessment, ICREA considers the value of all research output, including qualitative indicators of research impact, such as influence on policy and practice.

ICREA is an equal opportunity organisation and does not allow discriminatory references to gender, age, nationality, racial group, nor any other possible discriminatory issues.

ICREA Senior call

The ICREA senior call for applications offers permanent positions in the Catalan research system. The selected researchers are given a permanent position, ICREA Research Professorship (equivalent to tenure) and become ICREA employees. ICREA researchers go through an evaluation process (promotion) at regular intervals throughout their entire career. This is our most important and best-known call.

ICREA Senior Call for 2016 is closed.

The results were communicated by e-mail to all applicants on July 14th 2016.

Next ICREA Senior Call will open in February 2017 for the areas of Experimental Sciences & Mathematics and Technology & Engineering

Guidelines ICREA Senior Call 2016


ICREA Acadèmia call

The ICREA Acadèmia call for applications is a grant to university professors who already hold permanent positions in the Catalan research system. The grant is for five years and is intended to promote the awardees’ research, basically by relieving them from teaching duties.

ICREA Acadèmia 2016 call will open soon.

There has been a change in the Spanish regulations on public grants (Ley 40/2015, of october 1st) that imposes a lenghty pre-authorisation procedure for ALL foundations granting public money. We are working with the relevant authorities to go through it as fast as possible. However, the whole procedure is new, and we are unable to offer a temptative date for the call to open.

We are very sorry for the inconvenience.