The Proof of Concept grant award ceremony for the first call of the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2I) took place at the FBG headquarters on 12 December 2016. Within the framework of these grants, each selected project has been awarded €25,000 euros to improve the opportunities for exploitation of research results, to valorise the research project, and to advance the maturing of the selected technologies in order to bring them closer to market and to facilitate their transfer, either through licensing or via the creation of a new spin-off.
The winning projects of this first edition were: "Quantitative determination of coliphages in bathing water", led by Dr. Anicet Blanch (Faculty of Biology); 'Activator of HRI for the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus and other associated pathologies', led by Dr. Manuel Vázquez Carrera (Faculty of Pharmacy); 'Microbial biopolymer for the treatment of psoriasis', led by Dr. Elena Mercadé Gil (Faculty of Pharmacy) and Dr. Lluís Francesc Santamaria Babí (Faculty of Biology); 'Immersive cerebral and orthopedic rehabilitation and training exercises', led by Dr. Melvyn Slater and Dr. Mª Victoria Sánchez Vives (Faculty of Psychology); and 'New antibiotics for the treatment of hospital-acquired Gram-negative infections', led by Dr. Francesc Rabanal Anglada (Faculty of Chemistry).
Proof of Concept Grants award up to €25,000 euros to each selected project, and are aimed at those researchers from the University of Barcelona who lead knowledge transfer projects whose knowledge, previous technology, and results are either owned or co-owned by the UB.
A total of 25 research projects generated at the University of Barcelona applied for this first call: seven from the Faculty of Physics, six from the Faculty of Pharmacy, three from the Faculty of Biology, three from the Faculty of Chemistry, three from the Faculty of Medicine, two from the Faculty of Psychology, and one from the Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics.
In 2016, the University of Barcelona and the FBG have created the Fund for the Promotion of Innovation (F2I), which is endowed with €155,000 euros and consists of two types of grants. On the one hand, the Proof of Concept grant—endowed with €125,000—aims to fund proofs of concept that improve the opportunities for exploitation of the research results generated at the university, and to valorise research projects with a high potential for transfer. On the other, the goal of the Mentor in Residence (MiR) programme—with a total budget of €30,000—is promoting the creation and maturing of new spin-offs of the University by providing the funds to hire a mentor. The Fund is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and has the support of Banco Santander.