Call for experimental research projects in the social sciences


In memory of Dr Rogeli Duocastella

The Social Observatory of “la Caixa” is launching a call to support research projects in social sciences based on laboratory or field experiments.

The total budget for the call is 150,000 euros. It is envisaged that this amount can be used to fund between 10 and 15 projects, depending on the characteristics of the proposals presented.



  • New and original experiments (in other words, experiments designed by the applicants themselves), conducted in a maximum of 6 months (including the writing up of an article) that contribute to new knowledge on a social phenomenon or problem.

  • Subject areas: current social needs in Spain such as material wellbeing, housing, labour market, health or education.



  • The necessary resources for the execution of the experiment such as, for example, the payment of incentives to participants, the purchasing of material for the experiment, the programming of online questionnaires, payment to platforms for the conducting of online surveys and, in the case of laboratory experiments, the costs of the laboratory fees, whether it is in-house or external.

  • The sum of €2,500 for the researcher or group of researchers as remuneration for the execution of the experiment and the writing of the article. 



  •  The beneficiaries undertake to allocate the funds obtained to the conducting of a new experiment as described in the proposal selected and to analyse the results as well as to deliver an unpublished article with the results of the research to the Social Observatory of “la Caixa”.

  • The maximum deadline for delivery of the article will be 6 months, to be counted from the date that the selected proposals are announced.

  • The university or research centre of the grant recipients must sign an agreement with the “la Caixa” Banking Foundation.



  • The call is open to researchers or research teams of any nationality who carry out their activities in Spain, in universities, research centres or not-for-profit private organisations dedicated to research. 


  • Submission deadline: Proposals must be submitted before 2:00 pm on 16th September 2019.

  • Proposals must be sent to the e-mail address of the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa”:

  • Those selected will be notified no later than 20th November 2019 via the contact e-mail address of the applicant, as supplied during the application process. The general notification of resolution of the call will be published on the website of the Social Observatory of ”la Caixa” within one week from that date.