The M+Visión Fellowship

The Madrid-MIT M+Visión Consortium is a partnership of leaders in science, medicine, engineering, business, and the public sector dedicated to strengthening Madrid’s position as a global center of biomedical research by accelerating innovation in biomedical imaging, promoting translational research, and encouraging entrepreneurship.

The M+Visión Fellowship in Translational Biomedical Imaging is a central pillar of this effort. A cohort of Fellows, exceptional talent from all over the world—engineers, physicians, scientists, and entrepreneurs who see the promise of biomedical imaging—will engage in structured learning experiences in Madrid and Boston and develop a research direction. After this initial development period, Fellows will conduct research projects—two years or more in duration—with the potential for global effect, using their Consortium network of academic, medical, industry and public leaders as mentors and springboards.

Multidisciplinary and international   Flexible   Focused on healthcare innovation   Driven by Fellows
Work with other Fellows and faculty from science, engineering, medicine, and business
  Stipend support, research funds, and lab choices throughout Madrid and Boston enable maximum flexibility in project choice  
Ideas and projects evolve in response to major medical needs
  Fellows work individually and in groups to define and develop multidisciplinary projects, mentored by world leaders

M+Visión Fellowship structure

The Fellowship has four partially overlapping and interconnected components: After competitive selection, Fellows begin with an intensive startup phase in Boston; enter IDEA³, a mentored proposal development process; and finally, spend full time on a research and/or development project, possibly on a team with other Fellows. Projects will be funded through a semi-competitive process for up to two-years. Ideally, projects will be defined such that they can involve dedicated mentors in both countries.

IDEA³ innovation method

The multi-stage IDEA³ proposal development program promotes innovative, transformative, and translatable research by providing important (and unusual) professional training to M+Visión Fellows. This scalable and adaptable system exposes Fellows to a diverse community of professionals, far beyond the core of academic faculty. Written pre-proposals compete for "proposal catalyst" support, and then advance to compete for extended funding. Special preference will be given to projects that:

  • Strengthen the Madrid–MIT collaboration
  • Improve Madrid’s competitiveness in translational research
  • Leveraging resource investments made in Madrid
  • Involve other M+Visión Fellows
  • Demonstrate potential for impact in biomedical imaging
  • Hold the promise to advance human health

Team-run translational research projects

Teams of Fellows, each hosted by a lab in Boston and a lab in Madrid, carry out the research projects developed in the training and IDEA³ phases. Each project involves facilities and researchers both in Madrid and Boston, and mentors within and outside the host labs. Projects may extend beyond the original team terms, building on foundational work in subsequent years.

After the M+Visión Fellowship

After their immersion in an environment promoting innovation and translation to practice, M+Visión Fellows have new skills and perspectives in biomedical imaging, and strong relationships with academic and industry imaging leaders. They are be well positioned to continue their research in Madrid or elsewhere; start a new venture; attain a position in a university, medical, or research center; or join a pharmaceutical, imaging technology, biotech, or biomedical device firm. Ideally, each will be motivated to lead the development of biomedical imaging enterprises in Madrid.


Fellowship eligibility

Note that there are 2 Fellowships available through the M+Visión Consortium: The M+Visión Fellowship in Translational Biomedical Imaging and the Advanced Fellowship (EU Cofund).

To be eligible for the M+Visión Fellowship in Translational Biomedical Imaging candidates must have an MD, PhD, or 5+ years of work past a Bachelor’s degree, experience in some aspect of biomedical imaging, and English fluency.

To be eligible for the Advanced Fellowship, candidates have: Doctorate or at least 4 years of full-time equivalent research experience, experience in some aspect of biomedical imaging, and English fluency.

You can apply for each Fellowship on the same application web site. 



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