• Vicente López PhD Scholarship Programme offers a total of 19 pre-doctoral contracts.

  • The application period is from April 15 to June 16 2019.

  • This programme is named after Dr Vicente López Martínez in honour of his contribution to innovation in Catalonia.

Eurecat’s Technology Center (member of Tecnio) has launched the programme “Vicente López” aimed at promoting the production of doctoral theses in its industrial, digital and biotechnological areas, in order to increase scientific knowledge in these fields and foster technology transfer to the industry.


The programme offers for 2019 a total of 19 pre-doctoral contracts for the accomplishment of doctoral theses and with full-time dedication.

Application period:

The application period is from April 15 to June 16 2019 (both dates inclusive). The selection process will take place between June 17 and July 7 2019 and trainee researchers will join Eurecat on September 2 2019.


  • Cybersecurity

  • Omic Sciences

  • Data Science & Big Data Analytics

  • Generative design & 3D printing

  • Functional printing

  • Artificial Intelligence (applied to health, industrial, robotics, energy or tourism aplications)

  • Lightweight materials

  • Advanced materials

  • Medical devices

  • Personalised nutrition

  • Advanced manufacturing

  • Autonomous and industrial robotics

  • Water technologies

  • Multimedia technologies

  • Functional textiles

Applicant requirements:

Applicants must possess an official university undergraduate degree and Master’s degree and have completed a minimum of 300 ECTS credits as part of their official university studies, of which at least 60 must have been at Master’s degree level.  Applications are also welcomed from those who are currently enrolled on an official university Master’s degree programme that will enable them to access a doctoral programme in the 2019-2020 academic year.

All applicants must have a good level of English.

Applicants must be of Spanish nationality, or must hold an official work permit enabling them to be employed, upon commencement of their participation in the programme.

The trainee researchers must reside in Catalonia for the duration of the programme, except for when they embark on study visits to other universities or research centres as part of their doctoral studies.

Vicente López Eurecat

Dr. Vicente López

This programme is named after Dr. Vicente López Martínez in honour of his contribution to innovation in Catalonia and his tireless work to promote links between universities, technology centres and companies. Vicente López was not only the founder of the Barcelona Media technology centre, which today forms part of Eurecat; he was also an outstanding researcher, manager and entrepreneur.

Dr. Vicente López Biography

Vicente López Martínez (1954 – 2012) was a great promoter of innovation in Catalonia betting on applied research based on the model Universities – Technological Centers – Companies. He was the founder of the Barcelona Media Technology Center, which today forms part of Eurecat. Initially, he acted as the General Director and later as Executive Vice President of the Center. He also was Vice President of the Federation of Technology Centers (FEDIT).

Graduated in Chemical Sciences, he gained a PhD in Quantum Chemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid (UAM). He remained active as a researcher throughout all his professional life, combining this activity with those of manager and entrepreneur. He was a researcher at the California Institute of Technology (CALTECH), a Professor at the Department of Chemical Physics at the UAM, a researcher and later technical director of the Institute of Knowledge Engineering (IIC) of the UAM, professor at UAM’s Department of Computational Sciences and Pompeu Fabra University (UPF) Department of Information Technology and Communications, publishing more than 50 scientific articles.

As an entrepreneur and innovator, Vicente created and launched two technology companies for the Prisa group: Proel (electronic publicity) and Inicia Comunicaciones (provider of internet services and portals). Co-founder and later a member of the board of directors of Raditech, a provider of services and research products on the Internet, he was a member of Telefónica’s board and founded ImmSound, a provider of immersive sound products, where he acted as CEO and President. Immsound was later acquired by Dolby.

Besides being a charismatic person, Vicente possessed a great humanistic sense that he applied in his various activities. He managed Barcelona Media with commitment, vision and constant work from its beginnings and from there he supported and encouraged the Technological Center model as a meeting point between Universities, Research Centers and Companies, a bridge between basic research and industrial applications.