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Research Projects


For the 2018 edition, there are 52 research projects on offer. However, only 28 fellowships will be financed.


The criteria for deciding which projects will be financed is the excellence of the candidates. This means that the research project will not be evaluated, ONLY the candidates’ accomplishments and their fit with the selected project. The best 28 candidates that have chosen different projects will be offered a fellowship at URV.


One of the 28 fellowships is exclusively for candidates with dissabilities. ONLY they can participate, and all candidates that cannot prove their disability via a certificate will be rejected. Candidates can choose among the research projects identified with the disability icon, and only the best one will be financed. In case no candidate meets the excellence requirements of the programme, the position will be declared void.


A list of all research projects is given in the link at the right. Please note that you can only apply to 1 research project, so choose wisely. Also, remember the code of your chosen project (2018MFP-COFUND-xx), as it will be required during the submission of your application, in the Fellowship Information section.


The research projects are grouped as follows:

Positions offered

19 positions in all knowledge areas - the best 19 candidates from each individual project win the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-1: Proton Transport membranes based on novel polymeric columnar materials


    Supervisor: Marta Giamberini
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-2: Microalgae-Based Direct Photovoltaic Biofuel Cells for the Integrated Biorefinery


    Supervisor: Ioanis Katakis
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  3. 2018MFP-COFUND-3: Financial performance of airline industry: How big is the difference between accounting and market value?


    Supervisor: Fernando Campa Planas;   Co-supervisor: Xiaoni Li
    Knowledge area: Social and Legal Sciences


  4. 2018MFP-COFUND-4: Data processing and analysis for metabolomic studies


    Supervisor: Jesus Brezmes Llecha;   Co-supervisor: Nicolau Cañellas Alberich
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  5. 2018MFP-COFUND-5: Towards extraction and purification protocols for marine toxins based on cyclodextrin-derived nanomaterials


    Supervisor: Alex Fragoso
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  6. 2018MFP-COFUND-6: Life-cycle assessment of agricultural engineering: Indicators for environmental quantification of nutrient flows and eutrophication impact assessment


    Supervisor: Laureano Jiménez Esteller   Co-supervisor: Assumpció Antón Vallejo
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  7. 2018MFP-COFUND-7: 2D nanomaterials for gas sensing and energy


    Supervisor: Eduard Llobet
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  8. 2018MFP-COFUND-8: Innovation and diffusion of ideas in multilayer networks


    Supervisor: Alex Arenas
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  9. 2018MFP-COFUND-9: Electrostatic fields based printing of nano- and bio-structures


    Supervisor: Jordi Grifoll   Co-supervisor: Joan Rosell Llompart
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  10. 2018MFP-COFUND-10: Automatic difficulty level generator for physical rehabilitation exercises by entertainment


    Supervisor: Domenec Puig Valls
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  11. 2018MFP-COFUND-11: Elicitation of Preference and Shared Decision Making in Screening Programs


    Supervisor: Misericòrdia Carles Lavila   Co-supervisor: Montserrat Rué Monné
    Knowledge area: Social and Legal Sciences


  12. 2018MFP-COFUND-12: The performance in the Spanish hospitality industry: The impact of the online ratings and opinions of customers


    Supervisor: Maria Victoria Sánchez Rebull   Co-supervisor: Ana B. Hernández Lara
    Knowledge area: Social and Legal Sciences


  13. 2018MFP-COFUND-13: Integration of omic data for personalized nutrition


    Supervisor: Gerard Pujadas   Co-supervisor: Adrià Cereto-Massagué
    Knowledge area: Health Sciences


  14. 2018MFP-COFUND-14: Study and development of polymer solar cells


    Supervisor: Lluis Marsal   Co-supervisor: Josep Pallares
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  15. 2018MFP-COFUND-15: Healthcare management in the Spanish context: The impact of governing bodies on effectiveness and performance indicators


    Supervisor: Rosalía Cascón Pereira   Co-supervisor: Ana Beatriz Hernández Lara
    Knowledge area: Social and Legal Sciences


  16. 2018MFP-COFUND-16: Contribution to the improvement for a prosthetic model simulation with FE for location of cancer injuries


    Supervisor: Carme Olivé   Co-supervisor: Gerard Fortuny
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  17. 2018MFP-COFUND-17: Bio-inspired nanochannel platforms


    Supervisor: Josep Ferré i Borrull   Co-supervisor: Beatriz Prieto Simón
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  18. 2018MFP-COFUND-18: Surface-enhanced Raman scattering (SERS) profiling of RNA from tumor educated platelets


    Supervisor: Luca Guerrini   Co-supervisor: Ramon Alvarez-Puebla
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  19. 2018MFP-COFUND-48: Expecting landscapes: The case of Camp de Tarragona


    Supervisor: Pau de Solà-Morales Serra   Co-supervisor: Jordi Sardà Ferran
    Knowledge area: Engineering

1 position in the area of Arts and Humanities - the best candidate from the proposed project wins the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-19: An inclusive school for a digital society


    Supervisor: Mercè Gibert Cervera
    Knowledge area: Arts and Humanities


1 position in the area of Sciences - the best candidate from the 3 proposed projects wins the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-20: Experimentally and computationally guided design of efficient water oxidation catalysts


    Supervisor: Montserrat Diéguez   Co-supervisor: Oscar Pàmies
    Knowledge area: Sciences


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-21: In Silico Design of Efficient Photocatalysts


    Supervisor: Josep Maria Poblet   Co-supervisor: Coen de Graaf
    Knowledge area: Sciences


  3. 2018MFP-COFUND-22: New opto-microfluidics biosensor for mycotoxins detection in food. Design and development.


    Supervisor: Xavier Mateos Ferre   Co-supervisor: Rosa Maria Solé Cartañá
    Knowledge area: Sciences


1 position in the area of Health Sciences - the best candidate from the 2 proposed projects wins the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-23: Mediterranean diet and dementia and cognition     


        Supervisor: Jordi Salas-Salvadó   Co-supervisor: Nancy Babio Sánchez
        Knowledge area: Health Sciences


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-24: Healthy meals (PECT: TurisTIC en família)     


        Supervisor: Rosa Solà Alberich
        Knowledge area: Health Sciences


1 position in the area of Social and Legal Sciences - the best candidate from the 2 proposed projects wins the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-25: Linguistic Competences in Digital Era: Improvements in Productivity and Labour Employability


    Supervisor: Amado Alarcón Alarcón
    Knowledge area: Social and Legal Sciences


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-26: Challenging Conventional Wisdom on Waiting Behaviour


    Supervisor: Gerard Ryan   Co-supervisor: Mireia Valverde
    Knowledge area: Social and Legal Sciences


2 positions in the area of Engineering - the best 2 candidates from the 13 proposed projects wins the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-27: Epidemics and vaccination dilemma in complex networks


    Supervisor: Alex Arenas
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-28: Conversion of plastic waste into fuel and added-value chemicals


    Supervisor: Henrik Gulyás   Co-supervisor: Francesc Medina Cabello
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  3. 2018MFP-COFUND-29: Molecular tools for the rapid and cost-effective detection of mycotoxins


    Supervisor: Ciara O' Sullivan   Co-supervisor: Marketa Svobodova
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  4. 2018MFP-COFUND-30: Autonomous vision-based system for assistive robots in a domestic environment


    Supervisor: Domenec Puig Valls
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  5. 2018MFP-COFUND-31: Carbon-based catalytic membrane reactors for the treatment of emerging and recalcitrant water contaminants through Fenton-like processes


    Supervisor: Josep Font Capafons
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  6. 2018MFP-COFUND-32: Environmental sensing in smart cities. An integrated photonic device applied to NO2 gas traces


    Supervisor: Rosa Maria Sole Cartañá   Co-supervisor: Xavier Mateos Ferré
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  7. 2018MFP-COFUND-33: Recovery and re-use of urban solid organic waste with WWTP effluent


    Supervisor: Christophe Bengoa   Co-supervisor: Daniel Montané Calaf
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  8. 2018MFP-COFUND-34: Modelling and simulation of nano/microgels for the transport and controlled release of drugs and other substances


    Supervisor: Allan Mackie
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  9. 2018MFP-COFUND-35: Integration of techniques to evaluate the human risk to long term at low level exposure to mixtures (Long-Low-Mixtures)


    Supervisor: Marta Schuhmacher Ansuategui   Co-supervisor: Vikas Kumar
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  10. 2018MFP-COFUND-36: Development of Low Cost Molecular Diagnostics Device


    Supervisor: Ioanis Katakis
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  11. 2018MFP-COFUND-37: New methodology to produce starters with nutritional applications


    Supervisor: Sílvia de Lamo Castellví   Co-supervisor: Montserrat Ferrando Cogollos
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  12. 2018MFP-COFUND-38: Optimal design and optimization of sustainable chemical processes


    Supervisor: Laureano Jiménez Esteller
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  13. 2018MFP-COFUND-39: Determining interpersonal differences concerning preferences and performance in teaching methodologies in engineering


    Supervisor: Tània Gumí
    Knowledge area: Engineering


2 positions in the area of Nutrition and Food - the best 2 candidates from the 8 proposed projects win the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-40: Effect of a mediterranean diet on changes in gut microbiota and epigenetic tags


    Supervisor: Mònica Bulló   Co-supervisor: Jordi Salas-Salvadó
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-41: Preventive long-lasting effects of food bioactives on gastrointestinal tract under metabolic homeostatic challenges: obesogenic diet and aging


    Supervisor: Maria Teresa Blay i Olivé
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


  3. 2018MFP-COFUND-42: Effect of weight loss with a hypocaloric Mediterranean diet and physical activity promotion in the prevention of chronic kidney disease: sub-study of Predimed-Plus


    Supervisor: Jordi Salas Salvadó   Co-supervisor: Nancy Babio
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


  4. 2018MFP-COFUND-43: Intelligent Food Ingredients Quality Control System


    Supervisor: Domenec Puig Valls
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  5. 2018MFP-COFUND-44: Microfluidics for food applications: design of dispersion-based edible delivery systems


    Supervisor: Carme Güell Saperas
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


  6. 2018MFP-COFUND-45: New strategies to encapsulate probiotics in dispersion-based systems


    Supervisor: Montserrat Ferrando Cogollos
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


  7. 2018MFP-COFUND-46: Rearing mealworms for human consumption using agricultural biowaste


    Supervisor: Sílvia de Lamo Castellví
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


  8. 2018MFP-COFUND-47: Interaction of biological rhythms with the efectiveness of bioactive compounds


    Supervisor: Maria Cinta Bladé Segarra   Co-supervisor: M. Begoña Muguerza Marquínez
    Knowledge area: Health sciences


1 position reserved for candidates with disabilities - the best candidate from the 4 proposed projects wins the grant

  1. 2018MFP-COFUND-49: Modeling and optimization: Energy efficiency and Thermal energy storage


    Supervisor: Manel Vallès Rasquera   Co-supervisor: Dieter Boer
    Knowledge area: Engineering


  2. 2018MFP-COFUND-50: Detection and quantification of toxins in food by a new opto-microfluidics biosensor. Design and development


    Supervisor: Xavier Mateos Ferre   Co-supervisor: Rosa Maria Solé Cartañá
    Knowledge area: Sciences


  3. 2018MFP-COFUND-51: Co-creation of public services: drivers, mechanisms of citizens engagement and social inclusion


    Supervisor: Blanca Deusdad Ayala   Co-supervisor: Domenec Puig Valls
    Knowledge area: Arts and Humanities


  4. 2018MFP-COFUND-52: Preventive long-lasting effects of food bioactives on gastrointestinal tract under metabolic homeostatic challenges: aging.


    Supervisor: Maria Teresa Blay Olivé   Co-supervisor: Anna Ardevol
    Knowledge area: Health Sciences