Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Postdoctoral Senior Grants 2010


Guide. Call 2010

New Features of the 2010 Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme Selection Process

  • The main new feature of this selection process is that the exclusion periods have been modified with respect to the way in which the 10-year period that has to elapse between the date on which the doctorate is obtained and that on which the application presentation period closes is calculated. The periods to be applied vary in accordance with the cause of interruption accredited, and are the following:
    • Periods of leave due to maternity or paternity taken in accordance with the protected situations stipulated in the Social Security General Regime. An extension of 1 year per each child is now applied.
    • Serious illness or accident suffered by the applicant resulting in medical leave of 3 months or over. An extension equal to the period of justified leave is now applied rounded up to the next complete month.
    • Compulsory Military Service or the alternative obligatory social work. An extension of 1 year is now applied.
    • Having to care for persons in a situation of dependence in accordance with that stated in Spanish Law 39/2006, of December 14, the Promotion of Personal Autonomy and Treatment of Dependent Persons Act, for a minimum period of 3 months. An extension equal to the justified period is now applied rounded up to the next complete month.

According to that established in the notification, the above shall only be applied if the cause of interruption occurred during the 10 years prior to the date on which the application presentation period ended.

  • The R&D Centres can now present their applications, complete with the electronic signature of their legal representative, using the on-line registration option. However, although the Centres opt for this system, they must still send the corresponding mandatory documentation stipulated in the notification by post


Phases of the Selection Process

Applications of the R&D Centres and Researchers

The application presentation periods for the Centres and the researchers begin simultaneously on the notification publication date:

a. On their application forms the R&D Centres state the maximum number of contracts they are prepared to finance and indicate the distribution thereof among the subject areas. The reasons behind their offer and the way in which the contracts fit in with the plans of the institution are also included. The Centres present their applications via the on-line registration option that can be accessed from the page of the Ministry for Science and Innovation website corresponding to this sub-programme.

b.The researchers also present their applications by way of the on-line registration option, which can be accessed from the same webpage, and attach their CVs and a summarised report featuring the lines of research proposed that they are qualified to participate in. They do not need to indicate the R&D Centre they wish to join, which means they do not have to contact the Centres at the time of presenting the participation applications, but can leave this process until later.

Period for presentation of R&D Centre / researcher applications: begins on 10th of February, 2010 and ends on 2th of March 2010, both inclusive. 

Evaluation and Selection of R&D Centre Offers

The Examining Body evaluates the proposals of the Centres and draws up a Resolution which states the maximum number of eligible contracts for each Centre, their distribution by subject area, plus a description thereof and the reasoning behind them. This is then published on the Ministry for Science and Innovation website.

  Date planned for the publication of the R&D Centre contracts proposal: month of May

Evaluation and Selection of the Researchers

The evaluation process corresponds to the Evaluation Commissions established within the Spanish National Evaluation and Prospection Agency, which proceed to assess and classify the applications in accordance with the following criteria:

a. The scientific-technical contribution of the candidates within their field of research. The evaluation will be made based on the different sections included in the CV model (80 points).

b. Their scientific-technical capacity to implement the proposed lines of research (20 points).

Subsequently, The Selection Commission, made up of experts appointed by the General Directorate of Research and Management of the Spanish National R&D&I Plan proceeds to determine the maximum number of contracts that can be financed for each area and propose the list of eligible candidates, which will be published on the Ministry for Science and Innovation website.

Date planned for the publication of the list of eligible candidates: months of June - July

Incorporation Agreements between R&D Centres and Researchers and Conferment Resolution

The eligible candidates must contact those Centres offering eligible contracts in the subject area that matches their research activity proposal in order to reach an agreement regarding their incorporation. To make the contact procedures easier, the Ministry for Science and Innovation will publish the following information on its website:

a.With respect to the R&D Centres: e-mail address/es.

b.With respect to the researchers: e-mail address, summary of lines of research proposed and CV.

Within a maximum period of 30 calendar days following the on-line publication of the list of eligible candidates, the R&D Centres must present lists of their own of the eligible candidates with whom they have reached an incorporation agreement. An incorporation agreement signed with each of the candidates must also be included.

During the candidate allocation process, the R&D Centres are entitled to make changes in the distribution by subject area of the contracts to be co-financed originally indicated on the application. Of the total number of places on offer, up to 20% of these can be included without a detailed description if and when the maximum number of contracts specified in the application is not exceeded.

Once the corresponding incorporation agreements have been received, the conferment resolution is published on the Ministry for Science and Innovation website. This shows the names of the researchers chosen, the R&D Centre they shall be joining and the subject area in which they will be working.

 Period planned for the signing and submission of incorporation agreements: months of July-August

 Date planned for the publication of the conferment resolution: month of October

Drawing Up of the Contracts and Incorporation of the Researchers

Within a period of 20 working days following the publication of the aforementioned resolution, the Centres must send the duly drawn up contracts to the Ministry for Science and Innovation.

The incorporation of the researchers must be expressly stated in the contract and take place within a maximum period of 6 months following the publication of the conferment resolution. In those cases where necessary, this period can be extended in accordance with the research activity being carried out by the researcher in question on request of the Centre or candidate researcher.

The Ministry for Science and Innovation will process the payment corresponding to the first annual amount following the publication of the conferment resolution and the presentation of the corresponding contracts.

 Period planned for the drawing up of contracts: months of October-November.

Grants. Duration and Amount

The grants awarded under this Sub-programme will be used to co-finance the cost of contracting the researchers, with this cost understood as being the sum total of the gross retribution plus the corporate Social Security contribution. In addition, in the first year an additional amount is provided to help start up the research activities to be carried out during the first two yearly periods.

Number of grants: 250

Duration of the grant: 5 years

Grant amount: €44,370 in the first year, which shall be decreased annually and accumulatively by €4,437 as of the second year.

Additional financing: €15,000

 The minimum retribution that must be indicated on the contracts is 33,250 Euros gross per year.

Requisitos de los Centros

Pueden optar a las ayudas del Subprograma Ramón y Cajal los Centros de I+D sin ánimo de lucro. Las definiciones que se establecen en la convocatoria para estos beneficiarios son las siguientes:

  • Centros públicos de I+D: las universidades públicas, los organismos públicos de investigación reconocidos por la Ley 13/1986, de 14 de abril, de Fomento y Coordinación de la Investigación Científica y Técnica, los centros de I+D con personalidad jurídica propia y diferenciada vinculados o dependientes de la Administración General del Estado y los centros de I+D vinculados o dependientes de Administraciones públicas territoriales, independientemente de su personalidad jurídica.
  • Centros públicos y privados de I+D sin ánimo de lucro: las universidades privadas y entidades públicas y privadas sin ánimo de lucro, con capacidad y actividad demostrada en I+D, incluidos los centros tecnológicos cuya propiedad y gestión sea mayoritariamente de las Administraciones públicas.
  • Centros tecnológicos: a los efectos de la definición como beneficiarios de los Centros Tecnológicos (artículo cuarto.1 de la Orden ECI/266/2008, de 6 de febrero), tras la promulgación del Real Decreto 2093/2008, de 19 de diciembre, por el que se regulan los Centros Tecnológicos y los Centros de Apoyo a la Innovación Tecnológica de ámbito estatal y se crea el Registro de tales centros, se entenderá por Centros Tecnológicos los reconocidos como tal según dicho Real Decreto, así como los que se encontrasen constituidos e inscritos como Centros de Innovación y Tecnología al amparo del Real Decreto 2609/1996, de 20 de diciembre, que hayan solicitado la inscripción provisional como centros tecnológicos de ámbito estatal en el registro creado por el Real Decreto 2093/2008, a la fecha de presentación de la solicitud.


Candidate Requirements

The applicant researchers must be able to prove they are in possession of a doctorate and that this qualification was not obtained more than ten years prior to the date by which all applications must be presented established on the notification. The date on which the doctorate is obtained will be understood as being that on which the doctoral thesis is read and approved.

Excluded from the ten-year deadline calculation will be any periods of time taken off due to maternity or paternity leave, serious illness or the consequences of an accident, Military Service or the alternative compulsory social work and caring for people in a situation of dependency, in accordance with that stipulated in Spanish Law 39/2006, of December 14. The application of the extension will vary in accordance with the cause of the interruption in question as and how stated in article 22 of the notification, and in order for this to be applied it is necessary for it to have occurred during the 10 year prior to the application presentation closure date.

Furthermore, the following two requirements with respect to mobility must be met:

  • Having spent at least 24 months at R&D Centres other than that you will be joining via this programme after having being awarded your doctorate and up to the signing of the incorporation agreement
  • Having entirely studied for and obtained your doctorate at a foreign university, and at least 24 months having elapsed after having being awarded your doctorate and up to the signing of the incorporation agreement

These requirements are not obligatory if the candidate can prove a degree of disability equal to or greater than 65%, in which case only a minimum of 24 months shall have to have elapsed following the award of your doctorate and up to the signing of the incorporation agreement.

The 24-month period mentioned above shall be calculated as of the date on which the doctorate was obtained and up to the final day of the deadline which the researchers have included in the first proposal of candidates eligible for presenting the Incorporation Agreements. This shall apply to all the eligible candidates including, where appropriate, those previously considered as being reserves.

How to present the application 2010 RYC


This document contains instructions on how the applicant researchers must complete the application form for the award of grants under the Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme, notification 2010.

In order to present an application for this selection process, candidates must proceed as follows:

  • Complete the form using the on-line registration option that can be found on the webpage of the Sub-programme.
  • Attach the summarised report describing the proposed lines of research in which the researcher is qualified to participate at the Centre, together with his/her CV, to the aforementioned form.
  • On proceeding to “GENERATE FINAL VERSION” and “SEND”, the on-line registration option generates the Application Request, which must be signed and presented, accompanied by the rest of the required documentation, at a valid registration point and within the established deadline. 


2.1. User Register

If the researcher already has an access account in the justification applications, he/she must use that password and user name. If not, he/she must register via the “NEW USER” option. In this case he/she will receive a message at the address of the e-mail account he/she has provided. This will contain a link for activating the registration account. Once this is activated, he/she will receive a confirmation message and can then enter the application via the “ACCESS” option using the "USER NAME" and "PASSWORD” that he/she entered in the registry. There are “CHANGE PASSWORD” and “REMIND ME OF PASSWORD” options.

2.2. Completing the Application Request

The form is completed using 4 screens. These contain mandatory fields that are marked with (*). The screens provide the user with various options which perform the following functions:

  • SAVE: for recording the details entered.
  • REVIEW: for checking that the details have been correctly entered in each screen.
  • ERROR GUIDE: provides information regarding those details or requirements that have not been correctly completed or that contain an error that prevents the final version of the form from being generated.
  • DRAFT: enables a PDF file of the candidate researcher’s form to be generated (section C) with the details that have been entered up until that moment.
  • GENERATE FINAL VERSION: this generates the final form.
  • SEND: triggers the on-line transmission process. Once activated, it is no longer possible to make any changes.


Researcher. This screen is for processing the “Personal Details of the Researcher”. “Other Details”, among which the information about the doctorate is to be found, are completed in an independent window.

Application Details. A subject area is selected that corresponds to the candidate’s research experience. The details included here include summaries of the applicant’s CV and of the report describing the proposed line of research.

Tenures: Each data card has the following options to enable it to be modified: “ADD” and “DELETE” or “EDIT”. These gather details with respect to the tenures served in order to meet the mobility requirements, but only in those cases where these are necessary.

Add Documents. The CV and report files are attached in PDF format.

2.3. Generating the Final Application

The final Application Request document is generated using the “GENERATE FINAL VERSION” and “SEND” options. This must be duly signed and presented together with the rest of the required documentation specified in the notification in accordance with that indicated in the following section.


Once it has been printed and duly signed in accordance with the previous instructions, the Application Request must be presented, together with the rest of the documentation required in article 28 of the notification resolution, at a valid registration point and within the period established by article 25 of the resolution in question. The presentation date will be that of the day on which the signed application is deposited with the registrar or on which it is sent by registered post.

Cómo presentar la solicitud (Centros)


Este documento contiene instrucciones para la cumplimentación, por los Centros de I+D solicitantes, del formulario de solicitud, para la concesión de ayudas del Subprograma Ramón y Cajal convocatoria 2010.

Para presentar una solicitud en esta convocatoria, se deberá proceder del siguiente modo:

  • Cumplimentar el formulario mediante la aplicación informática que se encuentra en la página web del Subprograma.
  • Una vez cumplimentado, mediante las opciones “GENERAR DEFINITIVA” y “ENVIAR” la aplicación genera la Instancia de Solicitud A.
    • Se puede hacer uso del registro telemático con la firma electrónica del representante legal del Centro de I+D a través de una aplicación que estará disponible al efecto en la página web del Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación (MICINN). En este caso no hay que presentar la instancia impresa, únicamente se debe enviar por correo la documentación que se requiera según la convocatoria.
    • Si no se utiliza el registro telemático hay que presentar la instancia firmada, acompañada del resto de la documentación requerida, en un registro válido dentro del plazo establecido.


2.1. Registro del usuario

Si el Representante Legal tiene ya una cuenta de acceso en la aplicación de justificación o de solicitud de otros Subprogramas debe utilizar esa clave y usuario, si no es así tiene que registrarse desde la opción “NUEVO USUARIO”. En este caso recibirá un mensaje en la dirección de correo electrónico que haya facilitado, con un enlace para activar la cuenta de registro. Una vez activada, recibirá un mensaje de confirmación y puede entrar en la aplicación desde la opción “ACCESO” con el "USUARIO" y "CLAVE” que puso en el registro". Hay opciones que permiten “CAMBIAR LA CLAVE” y “RECORDAR LA CLAVE”.

En caso de que el Organismo no se encuentre registrado en nuestras bases de datos, se da la opción de solicitar su alta directamente al MICINN desde la aplicación.

2.2. Cumplimentación del formulario de solicitud

La solicitud se cumplimenta a través de 5 pantallas. En ellas hay campos obligatorios que están marcados con (*). En las pantallas se dan varias opciones que realizan las funciones siguientes:

  • GUARDAR:  para grabar los datos introducidos, acción que se debe realizar para que no se pierdan al pasar de una a otra pantalla.
  • REVISAR: permite verificar la correcta introducción de los datos de cada pantalla.
  • GUÍA DE ERRORES: presenta información sobre los datos o requisitos que no están correctamente cumplimentados o presentan algún error en toda la solicitud y que no permiten generar la solicitud definitiva.
  • BORRADOR: permite generar un pdf de la Solicitud con los datos que se hayan introducido hasta ese momento.
  • GENERAR DEFINITIVA: Se genera el formulario definitivo.
  • ENVIAR: Paso necesario para el envío telemático. Una vez realizado, ya no se pueden hacer modificaciones.


Datos del Organismo. Se presenta la información relativa al Centro de I+D solicitante. En caso de que sea necesario modificar algún dato de la entidad, se da la opción de solicitar dicho cambio.

Datos del Representante Legal. Se selecciona el representante que corresponda, de entre los que aparecen en la ventana desplegable. Se dan las opciones de solicitar alguna modificación en caso de que sea necesario, así como de solicitar el alta de un nuevo representante.

Datos de contacto. Se introducen los datos de lapersona de contacto del Subprograma con la que se pueda comunicar en caso necesario.

Planes Estratégicos. Se hará una descripción de las planes estratégicos y/o prioritarios de la institución, y justificación de la potenciación y reforzamiento de los mismos a través de los contratados Ramón y Cajal. Igualmente, se incluirá un informe en relación con las convocatorias previas: número de contratos que se han obtenido, retribución otorgada, estabilización (o su previsión) en el Centro, así como cualquier otra consideración de interés al respecto.

Compromisos. Se hará una descripción y motivación de cada uno de los contratos ofertados en las respectivas áreas temáticas. Para ello se indica, en primer lugar, el número total de contratos en todas las áreas. Sucesivamente se va seleccionando cada área mediante  “AÑADIR ÁREA” y se especifica el número de contratos correspondientes a esa área. Posteriormente, en cada área, se hace la descripción de cada uno de los contratos, así como la información complementaria que se desee mediante “AÑADIR CONTRATO”. En todas estas pantallas existen las opciones de “ELIMINAR” un registro o modificarlo a través de “EDITAR”.  

2.3. Generación de solicitud definitiva

A través de las opciones “GENERAR DEFINITIVA” y “ENVIAR” se genera el documento definitivo de la Instancia de Solicitud A. En ella se incluye un PIN que será necesario utilizar en caso de optar por el registro telemático de la solicitud.


Si no se hace uso del registro telemático con la firma electrónica del representante legal del Centro de I+D, la Instancia de Solicitud A impresa y debidamente firmada debe ser presentada, junto con el resto de la documentación requerida en el artículo 26 de la Resolución de convocatoria, en un registro válido dentro del plazo establecido conforme al artículo 25 de dicha resolución. La fecha de presentación será la del día en que se entregue la solicitud firmada en el registro o en la que se remita por correo certificado.

Si se utiliza el registro telemático, no hay que presentar la instancia impresa, únicamente se debe enviar por correo la documentación requerida en el artículo 26 de la convocatoria. La fecha de presentación será la del día en que se realizó el registro telemático.

The Application Presentation Period

The Resolution dated the 5th of February, 2010 of the Spanish Secretary of State for Research, which makes public the 2010 selection process regarding the concession of grants that forms part of the Spanish National Programme for the Contracting and Incorporation of Researchers, within the framework of the 2008-2011 National Scientific Research, Development and Innovation Plan, has been published in the Official State Journal (BOE).

In accordance with article 9, the period during which applications can be presented for the Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme is the following: it opens on the 10th of February, 2010 and closes on the 2th of March, 2010, both inclusive.

International UNESCO Nomenclature

Definition of the Terms


These refer to the more general sections. They are coded using two digits and cover various topics.


These represent a general description of groups of Scientific and Technological specialities. They are sections coded using four digits. Despite each being different from the other, the cross-referenced topics, or those within the same field, are considered as having common characteristics.


These are the most specific entries of the nomenclature and represent the activities that are performed within a topic. They are coded using six digits. In turn, they must correspond with the individual Scientific and Technological specialities.


11 Logic  12 Mathematics  21 Astronomy and Astrophysics  22 Physics  23 Chemistry  24 Life Sciences  25 Earth and Space Sciences  31 Agricultural Sciences  32 Medical Sciences


33 Technological Sciences  51 Anthropology  52 Demography  53 Economic Sciences  54 Geography  55 History  56 Judicial Sciences and Law  57 Linguistics  58 Pedagogy


59 Political Science  61 Psychology  62 Sciences of Arts and Letters  63 Sociology  71 Ethics  72 Philosophy


NABS Codes

Eurostat Nomenclature for the Analysis and Comparison of Scientific Programmes and Budgets (NABS) for the identification of socioeconomic objectives

The Statistic Plans include, among their annual statistics operations with respect to matters of scientific research and technological development, the Statistic regarding public R&D budgetary loans, which are distributed for socioeconomic purposes. It is obligatory for member countries of the EU and of the OECD to provide this statistic with the main purpose of this being to determine the potential financing being channelled into R&D by Public Administrations.

In order to ensure that the details corresponding to the Ramón y Cajal Sub-programme can be included in these statistics, a section must be selected from the following list in the applications of the candidate researchers.

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