How To Apply

Online Application

PhD students, postdocs, researchers in companies or academia, and clinicians 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

January 28th

Solve doubts and learn about the Catalyst method, the 2020 program in Europe, and how to proceed with your application.

Eligibility Criteria

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

Application Deadline

February 14th

Unlock your entrepreneurial thinking. Unleash your potential for need-driven research to make an impact in healthcare.

Pre-Selection & Interviews

Selection Criteria

A Selection Committee composed of experts from the Catalyst Europe Consortium organizations will select the Catalyst Europe 2020 fellows.

Pre-Selection Announcement

March 5th

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

Interviews

March 24th, Madrid

Pre-selected candidates will meet in person with the Selection Committee for assessment activities and interviews. The session will focus on the individual’s potential to work in teams.

Pre-Selection Announcement

March 5th

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

Selection & Enrollment

Selection Announcement

March 31st

Selected candidates become Fellows of Catalyst Europe 2020 program.

Enrollment

April 1st - 21st

Admitted candidates sign the enrollment agreement with a university in their assigned Hub (UniDeb in Debrecen, FAU in Erlangen or UPM in Madrid). Check remuneration, 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 1st - 21st

Admitted candidates sign the enrollment agreement with a university in their assigned Hub (UniDeb in Debrecen, FAU in Erlangen or UPM in Madrid). Check remuneration, 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.
  • PhD students, postdocs, researchers in companies or academia, and clinical profiles (residents, fellows, attendings).
  • Any domain area linked to health technology: life sciences, engineering, biomedical engineering, data science. Any clinical domain.


Requirements:

  • Availability to dedicate 15 hours/week during regular weekly activities of Catalyst Europe program – including Sessions, personal work and teamwork (personal and team work in a flexible schedule format). For the Clinical Immersion and Intensifications, availability to work full time.
  • Availability to attend in person:
    • Weekly sessions, each Tuesday 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. 
    • One 3-week Clinical Immersion in Madrid, and four 1-week Intensifications (one in Erlangen, one in Debrecen, and two in Boston). 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 2020 Fellows, after the admission process, based on one main and most important criteria:

  • Candidate’s potential to bring value to the Catalyst 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. Some sub-criteria that may be used is described below, but none of the following items will be used in isolation to determine whether a candidate should be selected or not:

  • Alignment with Catalyst mission and philosophy.
  • Diversity: background (e.g. engineers, scientists, clinicians), geographical (3 Fellows assigned to each Hub) and gender diversity.
  • 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 2020 cohort.
  • Demonstrated ability to differentiate between validated facts and assumptions, and to ideate a process to validate assumptions.
  • High level of English.

The selection committee is composed of experts in evaluating high performance teams and decisions will be made based on expert criteria rather than in quantifiable metrics.