Institutional information

Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

The Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG) is an international biomedical research institute of excellence, created in July 2000. It is a non-profit foundation funded by the Catalan Government through the Department of Business & Knowledge and the Department of Health, the Spanish Ministry of Science & Innovation, the "la Caixa" Banking Foundation, and includes the participation of Pompeu Fabra University.

The mission of the CRG is to discover and advance knowledge for the benefit of society, public health and economic prosperity.

The CRG believes that the medicine of the future depends on the groundbreaking science of today. This requires an interdisciplinary scientific team focused on understanding the complexity of life from the genome to the cell to a whole organism and its interaction with the environment, offering an integrated view of genetic diseases.

The CRG is a unique centre in Spain, based in an innovative organization research model. Group leaders at the CRG are recruited internationally and receive support from the centre to set up and run their groups. An external Scientific Advisory Board, made up of 15 world leaders in the different areas, evaluates them. The result of evaluations conditions the future of the CRG scientists, no matter whether they have open-ended or time-limited contracts. This ensures the mobility and the renewal of the workforce.

National Centre for Genomic Analysis (CNAG-CRG)

The CNAG-CRG is a non-profit organization funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economics Affairs & Digital Transformation and the Catalan Government through the Economy and Knowledge Department and the Health Department. Competitive grants and contractual research with the private sector provide additional funds. From the 1st July 2015, the CNAG is integrated into the CRG.

The CNAG-CRG was created on 2009 with the mission to carry out projects in DNA sequencing and analysis in collaboration with researchers from Catalonia, Spain and from the international research community in order to ensure the competiveness of our country in the strategic area of genomics. It started operations in March 2010 with twelve last-generation sequencing systems, which has enabled the center to build a sequencing capacity of over 1000 Gbases/day, the equivalent of completely sequencing ten human genomes every 24 hours. This capacity positions the CNAG-CRG as one of the largest European centers in terms of sequencing capacity. The Center has a staff of highly qualified individuals, 50% of which hold PhD degrees. The bioinformatics team together with our outstanding computing infrastructure (2.6 petabyte of data storage and over 1250 cores of computing) also positions the CNAG-CRG as a center of excellence in data analysis.

The CNAG-CRG takes part in genome sequencing and analysis projects in areas as diverse as cancer genetics, rare disorders, host-pathogen interactions, the preservation of endangered species, evolutionary studies and the improvement of species of agricultural interest, in collaboration with scientists from universities, hospitals, research centers and companies in the sector of biotechnology and pharma.

Organisation and governing bodies

CRG is headed by its Director Luis Serrano. The director is selected and evaluated by the external Scientific Advisory Board and reports to the Board of Trustees. The Administrative Director Joan Vives also reports to the Board of Trustees. The managing director is responsible for the organisational, legal and economic management of the CRG and heads the Administration and Research Support Services.

The Board of Trustees, the governing body of the CRG, is responsible for overseeing research activities, approving the operating funds and ensuring that annual goals are met. The Board is chaired by the Regional Minister of the Catalan government in charge of science and is composed of 11 external members representing the government of Catalonia, the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, the UPF and the "la Caixa" Foundation.

The two advisory boards of the CRG are: 1) the external Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), which is made up of prestigious, internationally recognized scientists. The SAB mission is to implement the four-year scientific evaluation of the Director and Research Programmes through site visits and oral evaluation of the groups, as well as to provide advice in strategic decisions and hiring; and 2) the Business Board, which comprises eleven members. It was established in 2004 to create a link between the CRG and industry, to facilitate translating basic research findings into new products and services that can benefit society.

The Executive Board, headed by the Director, comprises the Programme Coordinators, the CNAG -CRG Director, the Head of Core Facilities and the Managing Director. It is the executive body for structural and scientific matters of general interest and implements recommendations given by the SAB and the Board of Trustees.

The Organisation Chart shown below depicts the CRG structure.

For a CNAG-CRG organisational chart, please visit the CNAG-CRG website: http://www.cnag.cat/meet-our-team

Management team

The managers of the CRG are the Director, Dr. Luis Serrano and the Administrative Director, Mr. Joan Vives.

Last update: 08/07/2022
Deadline for the next update: 08/07/2023

Legal constitution and bylaws

The CRG was legally established in 2000 at the initiative of the Government of Catalonia and the Universitat Pompeu Fabra. The CRG's bylaws have been adapted to the different legislative changes and to the structural changes within its Board of Trustees. The deed of incorporation and the deeds of adaptation and modification of the bylaws of the institute can be downloaded below:

Code of Conduct and Good Governance

The CRG has a Code of Conduct and Good Governance which includes the principles ruling the activities of the CRG employees, as well as those of the students and collaborators with a collaboration agreement in place with the institute.

Also, the Code includes Good Governance principles that should be applied by the members of the executive and governing bodies of the CRG.

The CRG also adhered to the Code of Conduct of CERCA research institutes, which defines the principles that should ensure the good practices in the scientific and management areas of CERCA research institutes.

Report on CRG's Corporative Governance

The report on the corporative governance of the institute contains the information regarding the way the direction, management and control bodies are elected and how they work, as well as their structure and internal relationship.


The personnel of the CRG is classified in different professional groups, that is, research personnel, research technicians, administrative and support personnel, general services personnel. The different professional categories are defined according to the requirements of the job post. The classification of CRG’s personnel according to the indicated criteria can be found in the following documents:

The CRG does not include permanent affiliated personnel coming from private companies, in compliance with the current legislation on transparency. On the other hand, the CRG does not have union representative bodies nor full-time union representatives’ positions.

Last update: 08/07/2022
Deadline for the next update: 08/07/2023

Report of activities

For further information about the scientific activity of research programmes, below you will find the CRG Annual Reports, which compile the main achievements both scientific and managerial.

Last update: 20/06/2021
Deadline for the next update: 01/07/2022

Calls for proposals and grants awarded

The announcements of job opportunities are published under the section “Careers > Job opportunities” of the CRG website, with the objective of covering the institute’s needs regarding human resources after developing the corresponding recruitment processes. These announcements are classified in two categories: Scientific Jobs and Administration Jobs. External job opportunities in other research institutes with a close relation with the CRG are also disseminated.

Follow this link to access the “Careers > Job opportunities” section: https://www.crg.eu/en/content/careers/job-opportunities

In case there are announcements for specific groups, the open positions are published under the section “Careers > Job opportunities” of the CRG website: https://www.crg.eu/en/content/careers/job-opportunities

The calls for proposals and grants awarded by the CRG can be found in the following documents:

The different summaries of calls for proposals and grants awarded by the CRG can be found below:

Last update: 08/07/2022
Deadline for the next update: 08/07/2023