Information for Candidates' Supervisors


Candidates to the Catalyst Europe 2020 program may be currently working in full time work and projects. Catalyst Europe is specifically designed to enroll participants on a half-time basis because this allows participants to maintain (partially) the job and relationship with their current employer during the program, although they may reduce the dedication. Employers typically are universities, research centers and hospitals or other healthcare service providers.

The ultimate mission of Catalyst Europe is to optimize the translational potential of biomedical research. We expect program participants (Fellows) to be determined to execute the research they plan during the program. If this eventually happens, the fact that the Fellows are affiliated to a research group or hospital facilitates the creation of the consortium that would potentially execute the actual research project (by potentially including those organizations in the research consortium).

How Catalyst Fellows bring value to their current organizations?

Fellows bring value to their current organizations through their participation in Catalyst Europe by:

  • Learning methodologies and adopting skills that are highly valuable for their organizations, such as:
    • Ability to design and execute a strategy for research that leads to impact and increases translational potential.
    • Skills in opportunity validation and value proposition design.
    • Gain understanding about translational research and entrepreneurship.
    • Train a needs-driven innovation mindset, a user-driven design of products and services, and patient-oriented solutions.
    • Critical analysis, defending an idea, oral communication and professional networking.
  • Bringing opportunities for new research projects. Fellows will work during the program to develop strong arguments based on validation of medical unmet needs to develop winning research proposals. We expect Fellows to involve their research groups or organizations in the research consortium they would plan to form if they obtain the hoped funder. Thus, the process should be seen as an opportunity generator for the Fellow’s organization to initiate new lines of research with strong international partners.
  • Connections: Fellows will be exposed to all kind of stakeholders, not only those who might ultimately utilize the outcome of the research, but others that might bring interesting perspectives or opportunities. Such as physicians, patients, key opinion leaders, experts in specific technological, clinical, technical, legal or regulatory aspects, industry partners (such as GE Healthcare, which is highly involved as consortium member), potential funders, etc. Fellows will be encouraged and trained to be active and effective in networking and outreach (this is, expand their network not only for their own benefit but also for the benefit of their organizations, that open new collaboration spaces, one of them being getting closer to the biomedical innovation ecosystem in Massachusetts).

Fellows dedication during Catalyst Europe 2020

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 are expected to attend in person the following activities:

  • Sessions: Weekly sessions will run on Tuesdays from 3pm CET to 6pm CET. Location for weekly sessions: FAU in Erlangen Hub (Germany), UniDeb in Debrecen Hub (Hungary) and UPM in Madrid Hub (Spain). Fellows will attend in person the sessions at the university in the Hub they have been assigned to. Fellows will connect with the other Hubs via videoconference during sessions. Sessions will run from May 5th until November 13th. Exceptions:
    • There will be a 3 week break during summer time.
    • Sessions will not run in this format during the Clinical Immersion and Intensifications described below, 
  • Trips – Clinical Immersion and Intensifications: Fellows are also required to participate in the following activities (dates in the website and Terms & Conditions):
    • Clinical Immersion in Madrid (3 weeks)
    • Intensification in Boston I (1 week)
    • Intensification in Erlangen (1 week)
    • Intensification in Boston II  (1 week)
    • Intensification Debrecen  (1 week)

Note: Only for the Debrecen Hub, an additional requirement for the fellows assigned to this Hub is to be able to devote at least an equivalent of two full working days per week on average to be present in person at the Debrecen University (including the day of session), hosted by a relevant lab, department or institute of the university.

How to proceed

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 (temporarily, during the program), the candidate will be required to present a “Letter of Support” signed from their current supervisor. Please find here the template. The candidate must upload the Letter of Support in the Application Form.

Fellows will receive an economic compensation, so they can obtain a partial absence of leave during the program (May 5th to November 13th, 2020). More information in the Terms & Conditions.

As an exception, if Fellows are currently employed by Friedrich-Alexander University, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid or University of Debrecen, the funds will be allocated to their department to facilitate that they maintain their current salary. So in this case, their supervisor only has to ensure to free the Fellow’s time so they can participate in the program. 

Catalyst Europe organizers formalize an enrollment agreement directly with the participant, not with their organization. 

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