Torres Quevedo Programme (PTQ) 2019 - Grants for recruiting PhDs

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    Spanish State Research Agency
    Formal sciences
    Natural sciences
    Professions and applied sciences
    Social sciences
    Recognised Researcher (R2) (PhD holders or equivalent who are not yet fully independent)
    Established Researcher (R3) (Researchers who have developed a level of independence)
    Leading Researcher (R4) (Researchers leading their research area or field)


Grants with three years’ duration for companies, technology centres of national scope, technological innovation support centres of a national scope, business associations and science and technology parks for the employment of doctors to develope industrial research projects, experimental developments or feasibility studies, in order to favour the professional career of the researchers

This programme aims at stimulating the demand in the private sector for personnel sufficiently prepared to undertake R&D plans and projects, and for helping the consolidation of recently created technology companies.

What is funded

The amount of the grant will be determined by the recruitment costs (the sum of the gross salary plus the contribution to the Social Security system), the type of project and the type of entity, taking into account that the amount of the grant must not exceed the values indicated in the call. The amounts of the funds granted for the second and third annuities of the contract will be identical to the amount for the first year, provided that the conditions that have determined this amount are maintained. In no case may the funding for the second and third annuity be greater than that of the first annuity.

The grants will be used to co-finance the salary and the social security contribution of the researchers hired during each one of the annuities, taken into account independently. The gross maximum funding will be established as a percentage of the cost of the incentivized activity, in accordance with article 25 of the General Categories Exemption Regulation.

The grants will be used to implement additional R&D activities with respect to those that the company has been carrying out,. Thus, the the application should justify the need and the incentive effect of the funding granted.

These grants will only co-finance the hiring costs corresponding to jobs located in Spain.

The estimation is that ca. 190 grants will be funded.


3 years


The following entities may be beneficiaries of the programme:

  1. Companies, including spin-off companies and JEIs.
  2. Technological centres of national scope.
  3. Technological innovation support centres of national scope.
  4. Business associations.
  5. Science and technology parks.

The researcher hired should hold a PhD

Application process

Application period: 24/01/2019 -14/02/2019

Details of the process can be found in the website of the Spanish State Research Agency under "Convocatoria" (IN SPANISH)


The responsibility for the funding offers published on this website, including the funding description, lies entirely with the publishing institutions. The application is handled uniquely by the employer, who is also fully responsible for the recruitment and selection processes.