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

ICREA offers permanent positions in the Catalan research system for senior researchers. The selected researchers are offered a position as ICREA Research Professors (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.

For information purposes this is the latest version of our evaluator guidelines

ICREA Call for 2022 is closed.

Results were communicated by email to all applicants by the end of July, 2022.

The next ICREA call will open on the second half of January 2023 for the areas of Experimental Sciences & Mathematics and Engineering Sciences and will close on the first half of March 2023.

For your information these were the Guidelines ICREA Call 2022. We do not expect significant changes.

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 by relieving them from teaching duties.

For information purposes this is the latest version of our evaluator guidelines.

ICREA Academia Call for 2022 is closed.

Results will be communicated by email to all applicants by mid February, 2023.

For your information these were the text of the Call ICREA Academia 2022 (in Catalan). 


The system is back to working order and resubmissions are open again. The new deadline for the ICREA Acadèmia call 2022 has been extended to this coming Friday 30th of September 2022 at 14h.

Many thanks for your patience and understanding.

ICREA Acadèmia 2022 is closed.