CRIS Out-Back Programme

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    Cris contra el Cáncer
    Medical sciencesMedicine
    First Stage Researcher (R1)
    15/08/2021 00:00 - Europe/Athens
    Spain › Madrid


CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme:


The CRIS Cancer Foundation is keenly aware of the difficulty faced by clinicians and scientists who want to train themselves in the best international cancer research centres but keeping focus and interest in developing their research in Spain.

To help address this, the CRIS Cancer Foundation is holding a call for applications to the CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme, which exists to train scientists and medical doctors outstanding of any nationality who wish to train themselves in any foreign country and return to Spain, in order to develop their cancer research career in Spanish research centres, hospitals or universities and become the future leaders of cancer research.

The aim of the CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme is to provide competitive economic conditions and incentives for these doctors to develop their training abroad and establish their career in Spain. CRIS believes that the training of researchers should go farther than the purely practical and scientific. For this reason, the awardees will be involved in a training plan that will provide them with mentoring and essential skills and insights to become future leaders of cancer research.

Call for Applications

Every year, the CRIS Cancer Foundation awards two research grants covering a four-year stage programme for contracting scientists and clinical investigators to develop their training and research activity for three years abroad (Outgoing Phase) at any hospital, research center or university, and a fourth year at any research institution in Spain (Return Phase). The CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme includes the option for a secondment to another institution anywhere in the world (that must be different from the return institution), but it is also open to short visits (not longer than 4 weeks) during the two stages to other institutions.

The programme invites applications from all scientists who have completed a PhD or those that can demonstrate at least 4 years of experience in cancer research prior to the year of the call for applications.

Candidates must not have resided or carried out their main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of the host institution of the Outgoing Phase for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's call deadline.

Once the application has been submitted, the choice of host institutions will be binding. Candidates must present a letter of interest from the host institutions of the Outgoing and Return Phases together with the application.

The programme will effectively begin when the management of the hospital, research centre or university and the candidate sign the contract.

The programme runs for three years in its first phase, international training phase (outgoing phase), and one more year during the return phase, at any Spanish institution. Additional to research training at the host institutions, Out-Back Programme includes training sessions and webinars that will run quarterly during the development of the programme and mentoring sessions that will run annually.

Each fellow will have three supervisors: two primary supervisors, one at each host institution (outgoing / return phase), and an external co-supervisor (assigned by CRIS Foundation). Additionally, in case of secondment, they will also have a secondment supervisor.

Programme resources

The maximum grant awarded will be €280,000, which will be spread over four annual instalments of up to €70,000 a year.

The four maximum annual instalments of €70,000 will include:

  1. Salary: Gross €55,000 to cover labor costs of each beneficiary incurred by the hospital, research center or university that employs or will employ said individual. This amount includes local taxes contributions and any other amounts payable by the institution, as well as the gross remuneration of the beneficiary.
  1. Allowance: Annual maximum of €3,700 and it includes:
  • Family allowance of €2,000 annually for beneficiaries with dependent children. Family support will be determined on the date the researcher joins the center and it will be reviewed annually at the time of programme renewal. In case of no applicability of family allowance, these funds could be added to the research costs.
  • Travel allowance of €1,200 annually for travel costs and associated expenses related to Programme training/mentoring sessions or meetings.
  • Mobility allowance of €1,250 for installation in the destination city for Outgoing and Return Phases.
  1. Costs associated with the research project up to the €70,000 maximum annual grant, including:
  • Expenses related to the research project such as the acquisition of scientific consumables.
  • Registration for scientific conferences and congresses, travel and expenses.
  1. Out-Back Programme Training Plan. it includes training sessions or activities out of the Programme Training plan, for a maximum of €1,500 annually.

This subsidy will be managed by the institution on behalf of the beneficiary and must be justified independently. The CRIS Cancer Foundation will sign an agreement with the return host institution (which will sign a contract with the outgoing host institution). Host institutions will receive the programme allowance and will manage the distribution of the different budget items. The budget distribution will have to be duly justified annually to CRIS Cancer Foundation.

The contractual relationship between the applicant and the institution shall comply with the law as it stands at any given time.

The investigator is the named recipient of the finance and will be recruited by the host institution of the return phase of the programme.

More Information


Training Programme:

For the candidates to take ownership of their careers and obtain a multidisciplinary and intersectoral training, the CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme will help the candidate to develop a Personal Career Development Plan (PCDP). This plan consists of periodical mentoring by the programme supervisors, multidisciplinary training sessions and annual mentoring sessions.

For the development of this plan, candidates will fill in a Personal Career Development Plan self-assessment form, to identify candidate’s strengths, areas of interests and short-/long-term objectives.

Eligibility criteria

Documentation required for the application

Candidates or their institutions should visit the homepage of the CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme webpage (www.criscancer.org/Out-Back) or email Out-Backhelpdesk@criscancer.org in case they have any questions about the call for applications. All applications must be completed online.

Candidates must submit the application and required documentation through the Programme Call Platform at website www.criscancer.org/Out-Back. All applicants must register at the platform during the application submission period of the 2021 programme. Candidates will receive a confirmation email allowing them to access their application. There is a guideline for completion at the platform and assistance to candidates through the platform or helpdesk.

Selection process

Selection process

Evaluation committees will choose the candidates that, according to their criteria, prove the highest achievements and capacities.

  1. Eligibility review:

All applications received will be reviewed by the CRIS Out-Back Programme Operations Team and those that do not meet the eligibility criteria set out in the terms and conditions of the call for applications will be rejected. 

  1. Technical evaluation:

A Peer-review panel will be in charge of the evaluation of candidates and will be composed of multidisciplinary scientists from national and international high impact disciplines. The final score will be the average of the different evaluations.

The top-scoring 20% will go onto the ethics evaluation and interview evaluation phase.

The Ethics Board will evaluate the Ethic Self-assessment form and the research plan provided by the candidates.

The interviews will be conducted by an Interview Panel which includes top international researchers.

The outcome of the interview together with the previous scoring of the written proposal will result in the final score (60% written proposal (Peer-Review Panel evaluation) and 40% interview (Interview Panel evaluation)) that will constitute the final scoring list.

Additional comments


Candidates must run the training plan in person, at the host research centres, hospitals or universities. Clinical practice and research must be carried out on a full-time basis at the host institutions.

The candidate may perform teaching activities, provided they notify the CRIS Cancer Foundation, and such activities are for a maximum of 80 hours per year.

Any chosen candidates who decide not to take part in the programme may not reapply to subsequent programmes, unless their reasons are duly justified and documented.

Any candidate who has been in contact with any member of the evaluation panels regarding issues related to the programme will be immediately excluded from the process and will not be able to reapply in the future.

Taking part in this programme is not compatible with permanent employment contracts at any other institution that is not the return host institution.

Any breach of ethical considerations will lead to immediate termination of funding and said individual will not be allowed to reapply to the programme.

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Required Research Experiences

    Medical sciencesMedicine
    4 - 10

Offer Requirements

    Medical sciences: PhD or equivalent



Applications will be accepted from cancer researchers who have completed a Doctorate in the last 5 years, or those that can demonstrate at between 4 and 9 years of full-time equivalent experience in cancer research prior to the year of the call for applications.

Fellows must not have resided or carried out their career in the country of the outgoing phase host institution for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's year of recruitment.

Research Career:

The candidate must provide the information related to the track record and the publications of its field of research.


CRIS Out-Back Fellowship Programme is open to researchers of all nationalities.

Specific Requirements

Training and research plan:

Candidates must provide a training plan and a synopsis of the field of research that will be the focus of the main project of their stage. Candidates will have to fill in a personalized development plan self-assessment that includes future career perspectives, training, and skills that they want to acquire and possible secondments that they want to undergo.

Primary Supervisors:

The candidate must propose a primary supervisor for the training and research project at both host institutions (for each Outgoing/Return phase) and provide information about his/her background along.


The following restrictions apply to the submission of applications:

  • Return Phase must be developed at a spanish institution
  • Fellows must not have resided or carried out their work or activity in the country of the outgoing phase host organization for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately before the co-funded programme's year of recruitment.

Work location(s)
2 position(s) available at
Cris contra el Cáncer
Avenida de Manoteras 22, piso 3, oficina 109

EURAXESS offer ID: 616875


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