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Social Research Call 2021 (SRC 2021)


”la Caixa” Foundation launches an open and competitive call to fund excellent, innovative and socially-oriented research projects. Proposals must generate new knowledge to broaden our understanding of the major challenges of today’s society, using quantitative methods.

The submission of proposals is structured through a two-stage procedure:

Phase 1 (short proposals): February to May 2021 (Closed)

Phase 2 (full proposals): May to September 2021



  • This call will support excellent social research projects that rely on robust quantitative evidence and an original and innovative approach to provide robust information to better understand current and emerging social challenges.

  • Projects must be focused on Spain and/or Portugal.



  • Up to €100,000 per project and 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:

  • Certify at least 1 scientific article published in Q1 journals according to the rankings Scimago Journal Rank (SJR) from Scopus or the Journal Citations Report (JCR) from Web of Science. For the latter, only indexes Social Science Citation Index (SSCI) and Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE) are considered.

  • Hold a PhD awarded more than 2 years before the call deadline as written in the Rules for participation (i.e. before 24th February 2019).

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



Phase 1 - Short proposals

  • Opening of the submission period for short proposals: 2nd February 2021

  • Submission deadline: 24th February 2021, at 2 pm CET

  • Evaluation of short proposals: March - May 2021

Phase 2 - Full proposals

  • Opening of submission period for full proposals: 13th May 2021

  • Submission deadline: 23rd June 2021, at 2 pm CET

  • Evaluation phase 2.1: July 2021

  • Evaluation phase 2.2 (interviews): 16th-17th September 2021

  • Announcement of funded projects:  30th September 2021



  • The submission of proposals is structured incrementally through a two-phase procedure. Applicants will first 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 short proposals will be invited to submit a full proposal of up to 15 pages providing detailed information on the project and the methodology. At this stage, applicants will also be required to submit a brief document regarding their research expertise and social and public sector expertise (1 page each).

  • Both proposals and the documents required must 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


Checklist for phase 1 submissions

Guidelines for the short proposal

''la Caixa'' foundation's grants online system

Proposals preselected for Phase 2



Checklist for phase 2 submisisons

Guidelines for the full proposal

Guidelines for the social and public sector expertise document

Guidelines for the research expertise document

Proposals selected for the panel interview