Funds Category: National Fundings

Juan de la Cierva Training Grants 2019

The purpose of the Juan de la Cierva training grants is to encourage the employment of young doctors for a...

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MIT-SPAIN - "la Caixa" Foundation SEED FUND (2018-2019)

Awardee/s:

  • Dr. Antonio FERNÁNDEZ ANTA, Research Professor, IMDEA Networks Institute
  • Dr. Iyad RAHWAN, Associate Professor of Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab

Online services have the capacity of learning the preferences and interests of individual customers based on their online activity. Using this knowledge, the online services can be personalized. This personalization filter is referred to as the filter bubble, and it is built from the actions of the user by algorithms run by the services. However, the algorithms used by the online services are not public and carefully kept private. But the filter bubble of users strongly influences the information they access, which has a big impact in society. Therefore, properly understanding the algorithms for filter bubbles is an important and open question. 

 

The goal of MyBubble is modeling the influence of algorithms in the users’ filter bubble in the online advertising ecosystem. To this end, we will leverage a methodology developed by researchers of the MyBubble team. This methodology allows creating personas, bots that visit carefully selected websites, referred to as training websites that assign them a specific behavior. Once the persona profile has been created, we make the persona visit training and control websites. Control websites are those from where we collect the ads shown to our persona. We keep visiting the training websites so that our persona retains its behavior during the whole execution of the experiment. 

 

The experiments we plan to run with this methodology will allow to unveil existing algorithmic biases, how the personalization modifies the behavior of the online advertising algorithms under different personas, and how the algorithms change the filter bubble when the persona changes its behavior.

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Grants for training university teachers - FPU

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FPU scholarships are part of the Spanish program for professional training of university lecturers (Programa de Formación del Profesorado Universitario - FPU), and they are designed to promote academic training in doctoral programs and research training for those who wish to focus their professional activity on university teaching and research. These scholarships are awarded on merit of academic achievements.

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Mobility stays for professors and researches in foreign research and higher education centers (2016)

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This program is aimed at promoting mobility, via stays abroad, of university lecturers and researchers who are experienced and can demonstrate a reputable professional career, in order to promote their continuous training. Organizations chosen for the stay must be located abroad and be highly competitive universities and research centers in the candidate’s scientific area of interest.

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Grants to promote youth employment and the implementation of the Youth Guarantee system in R&D+I (2015-2021)

Awardee/s:

  • Marta DORADO, Junior Science Communicator (2019-2021)
  • Elvira CONTI, Junior Project Administrator (2019-2021)
  • Rubén RUPÉREZ, R&D laboratory technician (2019-2021)

The purpose of this call for proposals is to grant Aid, for a period of two years, to improve the training and employability of technical and R&D management personnel through their employment contracts in universities, public sector research bodies and organisations, while at the same time reinforcing research activities and the performance of infrastructures, scientific-technical equipment, laboratories or any other premise or service of a general nature or of common use by the organisation, of a scientific-technical nature, or of research management.

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Juan de la Cierva Incorporation Grants 2019

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The purpose of the Juan de la Cierva incorporation grants is to encourage the recruitment of young doctors by Spanish research organizations or R&D centers. Grants are awarded for a period of two years in order to strengthen the grantee’s acquired skills during a first stage of postdoctoral training.

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Ramón y Cajal Grants

The Ramón y Cajal program’s main objective is to strengthen the research capacity of R&D groups and organizations from the...

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