IDIVAL’s Competitive Intensification Programme for Researchers is now open

Applications may be submitted from 1 April to 1 May.

The programme to intensify the healthcare activity of medical or nursing staff is now open until 1 May. This is a call for applications with the aim of freeing up staff with a high research and/or innovation workload, by means of part-time or full-time substitution of nursing staff.

The activity covered by this substitution includes the development of research projects, or the implementation of healthcare innovation programmes such as new diagnostic or therapeutic techniques, technological platforms (computer programmes, new infrastructures), procedures, technology imports, training techniques, development of companies linked to research (spin-offs), etc., which require intensive dedication and which are incompatible with full healthcare work.

With funding of €134,000, this call for applications is part of Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria de Valdecilla (IDIVAL).Programme for the Promotion of Biosanitary Research (PLADIBIO).

Applications can be made until 1 May via this link on the IDIVAL website and any queries related to the procedures and the project can be sent to the email address


– Modality A. Competitive intensification.

A maximum equivalent economic contribution is established for the replacement of the intensified of 60,000 € for medical staff and 30,000 € for nursing staff, corresponding to the hiring of a specialist doctor or nurse for a period of approximately 1 year.

Modality B. Self-intensification.

Financed by private funds provided by the researchers, which must be available in full at the time of application, for a monthly amount corresponding to the replacement contract for the care staff requested.

The minimum intensification period is 1 month, and the maximum is 1 year, extendable. The development of this programme is compatible with the receipt of their salary, the performance of on-call duty and with other assistance. Your care activity will be covered in whole or in part by a contracted professional.


Applicants to this programme must be health professionals, doctors or nurses of the Public Health System of Cantabria, who do not have simultaneous active intensifications of other programmes, which includes the primary care and hospital areas.

It is essential that at least 60% of their indexed publications in the last 3 years reflect the IDIVAL affiliation. Heads of Service are excluded from modality A) of this call.

The Intensification period must start in 2024 or 2025. Intensifications may be requested for a maximum of two consecutive calls.

Documentation required

Together with the application, which will be made through the IDIVAL platform, the following documentation must be submitted:

  1. CVA of the applicant.

In FECYT format (reduced version available at: detailing the scientific publications, research projects funded in competitive calls, patents and innovation projects in which the applicant has participated.

  1. Report of the activity to be carried out during the intensification period.

The duration and the research or innovation work to be carried out shall be detailed, indicating whether it is intended to be carried out at the same time as the healthcare activity. Likewise, the articulation in the environment in which it is developed, potential collaborators, available resources, timetable with proposed start and end dates, the intensification period, as well as the expected results and impact on patients, the service, the institution and society shall be described,

  1. Reports.

Favourable report from the head/coordinator of the Service/unit, and from the manager or medical director, and from the nursing management when appropriate when the application is for nursing staff, specifying the interest of the intensification for the Public Health System of Cantabria and the suitability of the applicant to carry it out.

In the event that the planned activity refers to healthcare innovation projects, it will be necessary for these reports to specify their clear interest and viability. In the case of associated university lecturers, a favourable report from the director of the University Department will be required.