Barcelona GSE Seed Grants help researchers get projects off the ground

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Researchers at the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics are now reporting some of their preliminary results from the projects supported by Barcelona GSE Seed Grants. The Seed Grants are supported by the Barcelona GSE's Severo Ochoa Research Excellence Accreditation.

All Barcelona GSE Affiliated Professors can submit a proposal to the annual call for the grants. In the first three calls, 42 seed grants have been awarded for projects on topics across Applied Economics, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics.

“True to its intention, I have been able to sow the seeds of what I believe will turn out to be a very interesting and promising research project,” said Prof. Albrecht Glitz (UPF and Barcelona GSE). Professor Glitz is using a seed grant for his project “Why spy?” in which he is analyzing the individual determinants of industrial and political espionage activities of Stasi informants.

Seed grants facilitate research activities and sometimes lead to larger grants

Seed grant funds have been used to conduct fieldwork, lab experiments, and surveys; to finance co-author visits and travel to conferences; to purchase datasets; and to hire research assistants. 

For their project, “Investigating constraints on informal risk-sharing theoretically and empirically”, Pau Milán (UAB-MOVE and Barcelona GSE) and Raül Santaeulàlia (UAB and Barcelona GSE) traveled to Malawi where they interviewed all households (guanyu) in one selected village in Balaka and tracked food and resource exchanges across all households of the village. Now back in Barcelona, they are currently matching households across reported transfers and are drafting their first network measures.

Maria Petrova (ICREA-IPEG, UPF and Barcelona GSE) used her seed grant to conduct a pilot survey in the UK on corporal punishment. “I am grateful to Barcelona GSE and Severo Ochoa grant for the opportunity to run a pilot survey, which is invaluable before running a large survey for [a grant from the European Research Council], which I got after starting pilot preparation.”

Seed Grant Highlights from the first three calls

ERC Grants building on Barcelona GSE Seed Grant research

  • Joan Llull (2018), "Dynamic Modeling of Labor Market Mobility and Human Capital Accumulation"
  • Maria Petrova (2018), "The Rise and Fall of Populism and Extremism"
  • Edouard Schaal (2018), "Optimal Transport Networks in Spatial Equilibrium"
  • Ruben Durante (2017), "Independence and Quality of Mass Media in the Internet Age"

Watch videos about ERC Grants on Barcelona GSE Focus

More international recognition for work produced from Seed Grants

Some of the working papers generated by Seed Grant research teams

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A selection of institutions and conferences where Seed Grant research has been presented

See a list of all Barcelona GSE Seed Grants