Participating Research Groups and Platforms

CarrerasLeaders applicants can choose the most adequate lab for their research idea. See below the 41 research groups and 8 scientific platforms that participate in the program. Applicants are encouraged to discuss the feasibility of their idea with the research group or platform of their interest. More info can also be found here.

Lab teams & Core units

Genesis of cancer

This program covers the molecular aspects of cancers occurring beyond the bone marrow, blood or lymphoid tissues. This will include most relevant solid cancers such as breast, lung and liver cancer and study aspects that are relevant for all cancers but more accessible in solid cancers, such as inflammatory processes. The program also covers the study of cancer stroma and non-cancerous diseases sharing molecular causes and physiologic aspects with cancer.

Cancer Genetics
Montse Sánchez-Céspedes

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Cancer Heterogeneity and Hierarchies
Verónica Rodilla

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Chromatin Biology Laboratory
Àlex Vaquero

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Endothelial Pathobiology And Microenvironment
Mariona Graupera

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Epigenetics and Immune Disease
Esteban Ballestar

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Immunohematology and Glycobiology
Fumiichiro Yamamoto

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Lymphoid malignancies

This program covers all malignancies emerging from the lymphoid lineage and its tissues including acute lymphoblastic leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. For solid tissues, we will leverage the power of spatial transcriptomics to dissect the interactions of malignant cells with their microenvironment.

3D Chromatin Organization
Biola M. Javierre
Fellow awarded, no longer eligible/p>

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Cellular Immunotherapy and Gene Therapy
Javier Briones

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Cellular Systems Genomics
Elisabetta Mereu
Fellow awarded, no longer eligible

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Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Carolina Moreno

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Lymphocyte Development And Disease
Maribel Parra

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Nuclear Architecture in Leukemia
Gregoire Stik

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Stem Cell Biology, Developmental Leukemia and Immunotherapy
Pablo Menéndez

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Myeloid neoplasms

This program covers acute myeloid leukemias as well as other myeloid malignancies originating in the bone marrow such as myelodysplastic syndromes and myeloproliferative neoplasms. We will study these diseases in the context of bone marrow as a complex tissue and consider clonal evolution as an early step.

Chromatin, Metabolism and Cell Fate
Marcus Buschbeck

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Descriptive and Analytical Epidemiology of Cancer
Rafael Marcos-Gragera

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Epigenetic Control of Hematopoiesis
José Luís Sardina

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Myeloid Neoplasms
Blanca Xicoy & Lurdes Zamora

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Hematological Diseases, Transplant and Cell Therapy
Jordi Sierra

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Leukemia and Immuno-Oncology
Laura Belver
Fellow awarded, no longer eligible

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Transcriptional Dynamics in Leukemia
Sergi Cuartero
Fellow awarded, no longer eligible

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Transplantation and immunotherapy

This program covers all aspects of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation including the immunological complications of allogenic transplants such as graft versus host disease. The program further addresses all aspects of immunotherapy including cell-based therapies (NK, MSC, CAR-T) and immune check point inhibitors.

Barcelona Endothelium Team
Enric Carreras

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Senior group leader
Álvaro Urbano - Ispizua

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Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology (LMCB)
Vincenzo Calvanese


Core Units

Sample Handling Circuit Unit
Francesc Sole

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Cell Immortalization
Carolina De La Torre

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Proteomics Unit
Carolina De La Torre
Fellow awarded, no longer eligible

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Key dates

  1. Opening of Call 2
    November 6, 2023
  2. Deadline to submit Applications
    Extended deadline to submit applications
    February 11, 2024
  3. Announcement of shortlisted participants for Interviews
    end of April 2024 – beginning of May 2024
  1. Interview Stage End of May 2024
  2. Start of fellowships Flexible start date, 2024

The timeline is tentative. Please check here for updates.

Key points

The Application procedure will be conducted through a user-friendly online tool.

To submit an applicantion, will be required to complete an Application form that includes two sections:

1. Personal info
An online administrative form which includes researcher’s personal and contact information.

2. Documents to be uploaded

  • PhD certificate
  • Support Letter of the IJC’s hosting supervisor of choice
  • The project proposal document
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Supporting evidence for requested extensions to the 7-year-post-PhD rule (if applicable)

On the Application Portal, the field names differ from the required document names specified on this website and the Guide for Applicants. Note that it is mandatory to upload all the required documents regardless of the field names.

Elegibility criteria

The following requirements have been established to ensure the excellence of the program and its participants.

  • Be in possession of a PhD degree in a life science discipline in the deadline of the call.
  • Meet the Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Program (Horizon Europe) transnational mobility rule. Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity in Spain for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to the deadline for proposal submission.
  • Research experience. Candidates shall have been awarded their first PhD up to 7 years prior to the call deadline (for further details please see Annex II).
  • Publications. To guarantee quality of research expertise, candidates must have at least one peer-reviewed publication (published or in press) as first author in a scientific journal.
  • Proficiency in English language which will be demonstrated on the level of the written proposal and during the interview.
  • Support letter by the IJC’s hosting supervisor of choice.

Selection process

The evaluation process comprises three stages.

  1. Administrative eligibility check
  2. External Evaluation by AGAUR
  3. Interview Evaluation
Administrative eligibility check Upon closing of the call, proposals are registered, acknowledged, and the contents are entered into a database to support the evaluation process. An admin check will be performed by the Project Officer, based on the eligibility criteria.
External Evaluation Applications will be externally evaluated by AGAUR, based on the following pillars:
  • CV and track record of applicant
  • Excellent of the proposed research project
  • Impact (project) of its expected results
For more information, please refer to Guide for Applicants.
Interview Evaluation Interview Committee will evaluate based on the following pillars:
  • Project and Career prospect (presentation by the fellow)
  • Motivation and professional and personal skills
For more information, please refer to Guide for Applicants.

Open Call Documents

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