We present the results of a research analysing the conditions that influence the successful research career of academic women in the field of the social sciences. In our research we used in-depth interview in a sample of academics pertaining to Catalan public universities, all of them leaders of research groups recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya. The interviews were structured according to the following topics: Individual conditions for academic success, group-type conditions and institutional factors. The results validated the theoretical categories and contributed to their enrichment, while -nevertheless- pointing the existence of a number of subcategories that can be studied in depth in future research. Among the individual factors for success in academic careers participants mentioned: «The passion for knowing», the sociocultural factors, the research periods abroad, the perseverance and tenacity, the support of family, respect of biological time and the relationship with a mentor. Among the factors linked to the group, we can highlight: The balance between individual and group work, the research experience exchange between team members, participation in competitive team projects and a leadership style based on mediation and delegation. Finally, the following institutional factors were also highlighted: The existence of other research groups with which they compete, the convergence between research and teaching activities, the coordination of research project and financial support from national and European bodies.
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