Social Research Call 2019 (SRC 2019)


The Social Observatory of  ”la Caixa” is launching a new open competitive call to fund excellent, innovative and socially-oriented research projects. Proposals must be based on robust quantitative methodologies to provide new reliable knowledge to broaden our understanding of the major challenges of today.

First stage: 15 May – 13 June 2019

Second stage: 25 September – 16 October 2019

Find the final results as well as all the documentation related with this call here




  • This call will support excellent social research projects that rely on data to provide robust quantitative evidence and insights about current and emerging social challenges in Spain through an original and innovative approach.



  • Up to 100,000 euros per project of up to 24 months duration.



The call is open to researchers who can demonstrate research independence and evidence of prior achievements. For this reason, applicants need to meet the following requirements:

  • Emerging researchers: applicants whose PhD was awarded between 7 and 2 years before the call deadline (i.e. between 13 June 2017 and 13 June 2012) are required to have published at least 3 scientific articles in the preceding 5 years before the closure of the call.

  • Consolidated researchers: applicants whose PhD was awarded 7 years or more before the call deadline (i.e. before 13 June 2012) are required to have published at least 5 scientific articles in the preceding 5 before the closure of the call.

The call is aimed at supporting proposals led by individual researchers of any nationality who conduct their research activity at a non-profit research organization: public or private university or research centre legally based in Spain.



Short proposals

  • Call opening (first stage): 15 May 2019

  • Submission deadline: 13 June 2019 at 17.00

  • Preselection: From July to September 2019

Full proposals

  • Call opening (second stage): September 2019

  • Submission deadline: 16 October 2019 at 17.00

  • Preselection: From October to November 2019

  • Face-to-face selection committee in Barcelona: 28 and 29 November 2019

  • Resolution announcement: December 2019



  • The submission of proposals is structured incrementally through a two-stage procedure. Applicants will submit a 3-page short proposal describing the research idea and the social challenge(s) addressed, taking into consideration its novel and innovative aspects. 

  • Applicants with successful preselected short proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal of a maximum of 15 pages providing detailed information on the project and the methodology behind as well as to demonstrate their capabilities to conduct the research proposed.

  • Both proposals and the documents required have to be submitted in English. All information regarding this programme will be exclusively available in English.




Funded projects

List of evaluators 



Rules for participation

Assessment of proposals



Short proposal guidelines

Short proposal template

Host institution letter of commitment

First stage results 



Full proposal guidelines

Full proposal template

Capabilities guidelines

Capabilities template