How To Apply

Online Application

Researchers (PhD students, postdocs) in companies or academia, clinicians, and  professionals working in healthcare organizations who want to accelerate the impact of biomedical research start applying by filling the Application form.

If you are currently employed full time and need the support from your supervisor to participate in Catalyst Europe, please check the Information for Supervisors button below

Eligibility Criteria

Review the candidate’s profile and the requirements to be eligible.

Informative Webinar

February 4th

Solve questions and learn about the Catalyst method, the Catalyst Europe 2021 program, and how to proceed with your application.

Eligibility Criteria

Review the candidate’s profile and the requirements to be eligible.

Application Deadline

February 28th

Unlock your potential for need-driven research and make an impact in healthcare.

Pre-Selection & Interviews

Selection Criteria

A Selection Committee composed of experts and faculty from the Catalyst Europe Consortium organizations will select the Catalyst Europe 2021 fellows.

Pre-Selection Announcement

March 19th

Pre-selected candidates will be contacted and will be invited to participate in the Interviews session.

Interviews

March 30th, online

Pre-selected candidates will meet online with the Selection Committee for assessment activities and interviews.

Pre-Selection Announcement

March 19th

Pre-selected candidates will be contacted and will be invited to participate in the Interviews session.

Selection & Enrollment

Selection Announcement

April 12th

Selected candidates become Fellows of Catalyst Europe 2021 program.

Enrollment

April 12th - 30th

Admitted candidates will sign the enrollment agreement with the university in their assigned Hub (UniDeb in Debrecen, FAU in Erlangen or UPM in Madrid). Check stipend availability, budget for travel expenses, requirements and other details in the Terms & Conditions.

Onboarding

Preliminary session before starting the program to get to know each other and review the program methodology.

Enrollment

April 12th - 30th

Admitted candidates will sign the enrollment agreement with the university in their assigned Hub (UniDeb in Debrecen, FAU in Erlangen or UPM in Madrid). Check stipend availability, budget for travel expenses, requirements and other details in the Terms & Conditions.

Eligibility & Selection
Criteria

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates’ profile:

  • Candidates living in EU, from any EU region (not limited to Catalyst Hubs).
  • Work permit in EU.
  • Academic degree: engineering or science graduate, or medical degree.
  • Typical profiles: Researchers (PhD students, postdocs), Clinicians (residents, fellows, attendings). Other early stage professionals interested in biomedical research may be considered if they fit the cohort.
  • With domain expertise in:
    • any domain area linked to health technology: including but not limited to life sciences, engineering, biomedical engineering, data science.
    • Or any clinical domain.
    • Or in commercial science or health economics.
  • Research experience is desirable.
  • With a strong interest in health innovation and willingness to participate in research projects after the 6-month Catalyst Europe 2021 program, as the pathway to de-risk the opportunities identified during the program.
  • Open to identify and validate unmet needs, define solutions and design new research projects with high translational potential, rather than applying with an existing project to the Catalyst program.

 

Requirements:

  • Availability to dedicate 15 hours/week for regular weekly activities of Catalyst Europe program – including weekly Sessions, personal work and teamwork (personal and team work in a flexible schedule format). Full time availability for the Clinical Immersion and Intensifications.
  • Availability to attend in person:
    • 3 weekly sessions, at the university of their
      assigned Catalyst Hub (see more details in the Terms & Conditions).
    • Clinical Immersions and Intensifications. Please check the Terms & Conditions for the specific dates of each activity.
  • Compatibility with current job, training or activity. Candidates will have to demonstrate compatibility with their current activities. This includes:
    • If the candidate has a full-time job (or is currently committed to a full-time activity) and is willing to reduce their current activity dedication, the candidate will be required to present a “Letter of Support” signed from their current supervisor. The candidate will find a template and a field to upload the Letter of Support in the Application Form. The candidate can find useful information to share with their supervisor HERE.

Selection Criteria

A selection committee composed of representatives from the Consortium organizations will select the Catalyst Europe 2021 Fellows, based on one main and most important criteria:

  • Candidate’s potential to bring value to the innovation cohort and contribute to the cohort main objectives and duties: validate unmet needs, propose technological solutions and develop research project plans.

This evaluation is conducted holistically with the objective to recruit the best possible group of fellows and their potential to work in teams. For information, below there is some sub-criteria that may be used as criteria for the selection process (none of the following items will be used in isolation to determine whether a candidate should be selected or not):

  • Relevant academic background and professional experience that shows potential to add value to the Catalyst process.
  • Alignment with Focus Areas defined for the current Catalyst Europe 2021 cohort.
  • Ability to differentiate between validated facts and assumptions, and to ideate a process to validate assumptions.
  • Aspiring innovators are willing to reach out of their field of expertise to work in a broad multidisciplinary community focused on high impact biomedical research.
  • Ability to apply logic and critically analyze and synthesize a broad range of source materials.
  • Ability to communicate ideas and collaborate with others with different expertise and experience.
  • Ability to receive and synthesize constructive criticism.
  • A team player willing to fulfill different roles in research projects.
  • Experience in developing and implementing research proposals
  • Be willing to work in a process that is chaotic, creative, and free of pre-conceived ideas or pathways.
  • High level of English.