The Program

Fellows are the participants of the Catalyst Europe program. Their profile typically is PhD students, postdocs, researchers in a company or academia, or clinicians (residents, fellows, attendings) who would like to accelerate the impact of biomedical research. They typically have experience or interest in any domain area linked to health technology: life sciences, engineering, biomedical engineering, data science or any clinical domain. They form what we call an “innovation cohort” and they organically form teams throughout the program.

There will be 9 fellows participating in Catalyst Europe 2020. Each fellow will be assigned to a Catalyst Europe Hub (Debrecen in Hungary, Erlangen in Germany, and Madrid in Spain). There will be 3 fellows per Hub.

Professionals (from academic, clinical or business background) with a strong experience and interest in health innovation, who will share their expertise with fellows, mentor them, teach lessons and run workshops during the program.

A Catalyst Europe Hub is a region where there is at least a university and a clinical center that belong to the Catalyst Europe consortium. These organizations bring faculty and mentors, as well as relevant networks that bring value to the program. They also provide rooms and host program activities.

Each Fellow is associated with one of the Catalyst Europe Hubs, where they physically attend weekly sessions during the program.

There are currently three Catalyst Europe Hubs: Debrecen (Hungary), Erlangen (Germany) and Madrid (Spain).

Fellows are expected to attend in person the following activities:

  • Sessions: Weekly sessions will run on Tuesdays from 3pm CET to 6pm CET from May 5th to November 13th, 2020. Locations for weekly sessions are the universities in each Hub: Friedrich Alexander Universität (FAU) in Erlangen, Germany; University of Debrecen (UniDeb) in Debrecen, Hungary; and Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) in Madrid, Spain – they will all have rooms available. Fellows will attend the sessions at the university in the Hub they have been assigned to. During sessions, Fellows will connect with the other Hubs via videoconference. There are a few exceptions in which Fellows won’t be required to attend the sessions:
    1. There will be a 3 week break during summer time.
    2. Sessions will not run in this format during the Clinical Immersion and the four Intensifications described below.
  • Trips – Clinical Immersion and Intensifications: Fellows are required to participate in the following activities (dates in the website and Terms & Conditions):
    1. Clinical Immersion in Madrid (3 weeks)
    2. Intensification in Boston I (1 week)
    3. Intensification in Erlangen (1 week)
    4. Intensification in Boston II (1 week)
    5. Intensification Debrecen (1 week)

Fellows are expected to dedicate an average of 15 hours/week to the regular weekly activities of the program, including Sessions, personal work and teamwork – personal and team work in a flexible schedule format.

For the Clinical Immersion and Intensifications, Fellows are expected to work full time.

Fellows will receive an economic compensation. Please check the Terms & Conditions, section Compensation And Contractual Relationship, for more information. 

Yes! Please check the Terms & Conditions, section Compensation And Contractual Relationship, for more information. 

After the program, Fellows are expected to apply for competitive research grants and raise the funds required to develop the need-driven research projects that they have defined during the program. These research proposals are planned to be conducted with strong consortiums formed after the program – Faculty might volunteer to mentor the process. In addition, Catalyst Europe organizers are constantly raising funds to facilitate the transition of Fellows from project plan definition to actual research project execution.

This program is not designed to help you progress on an existing project or idea, but to help you leverage your knowledge and experience to initiate new research projects with high translational potential in collaboration with strong international partners. The program is designed to guide you in a process to discover and validate meaningful unmet clinical needs and plan a winning research project proposal, while surrounding yourself (and develop relationships) with all the stakeholders that may increase the translational success probability for your project.

The Catalyst Europe 2020 program is organized in a way that it is not expected that fellows generate Intellectual Property during the program. It would be after the Catalyst Europe 2020 program, and during the execution of the research projects (if fellows execute them), that Intellectual Property would be generated.  

For any hypothetical intellectual property created or enhanced in the course of program activities or afterwards it is important to notice that the participation in the Catalyst Europe program does not, in and of itself, confer on fellows any ownership, license or other interest in or to intellectual property (copyrights, inventions, trademarks, etc.). Any intellectual property is generated by fellows as part of their work in the program will be handled in accordance with the institutional policies of the inventor(s).


Absolutely! You just need to choose your preferred Catalyst Europe Hub during the admission process. If you are selected, you will be assigned to that Hub and you will be required to attend in person the weekly sessions in that location. Remember that you are expected to organize yourself (travel-wise) to physically attend weekly sessions at your assigned Hub (either because you relocate or because you travel once per week to the assigned Hub).

If you have a full-time job (or you are currently committed to a full-time activity) and you are willing to reduce your current activity dedication (temporarily, during the program) to participate in Catalyst Europe, you will be required to present a “Letter of Support” signed from your current supervisor. You can upload your Letter of Support in the Application Form.

You can provide your supervisor with information about the program, and explain the value of your participation in Catalyst for your current organization. Please read the Information for Candidates’ Supervisors page. You can share this page with your supervisor.

If you don’t have a supervisor, you are between projects, or you are working on a part-time project that allows for compatibility, you don’t need to provide the Letter of Support from your supervisor.

Yes, travel expenses will be covered for candidates traveling from outside the “Comunidad de Madrid”. Please check the Terms & Conditions, section How To Apply and Admission Process, for more details.