2019 has been the fourth and last year of the first Severo Ochoa "Center of Excellence" Project of our Institute.
The project “Smart Functional Materials for Social Grand Challenges” (FUNMAT), which started in 2016, has enabled us to become one of the top research centers in Spain in Materials Science tackling three of the main social grand challenges of the 21st Century, aligned with the main European Social Challenges in H2020, which are our three main application areas:
Take a look here what this project has enabled us to achieve!
The Severo Ochoa label has enabled ICMAB to increase its international competitiveness and international visibility. The consolidation of the Communication and Outreach, Knowledge Transfer and Strategic Managing Units has been instrumental to that respect. Belonging to the SOMMa alliance has promoted synergies with other centres, also enhancing the impact and visibility of our activities.
Thanks to the Severo Ochoa, a competitive call to develop high-risk interdisciplinary internal projects was launched (Frontier Interdisciplinary Projects), which has resulted in new topics being tackled which will help keeping our research at the forefront of materials science. The publications and patents that emerged from that initiative should serve as a seed for future larger projects to consolidate cross-cutting research.
We have been able to reinforce our scientific platforms and to develop talent attraction programs at all levels (Postdoc, PhD, Master, Undergraduate projects, etc.) and training programmes for our young researchers. The Severo Ochoa has brought to an increase in our staff, both researchers (40 % increase) and support research staff. In total, we have an 84 % increase in our personnel.
The ICMAB has been able to develop a Strategic Plan in the field of functional materials that has generated multiple academic and industrial collaborations and has made our international contribution more competitive. In addition, we have contributed to the training of a good number of competitive professionals who are inserted in the Spanish R+D+i system.
Overall, it has been an extremely fruitful adventure and we have submitted an application to the new call (2020-2023) to further consolidate these instruments while also opening new opportunities.
|SEVERO OCHOA PERIOD||2016||2017||2018||2019|
|ARTICLES IN JOURNALS||231||203||226||240|
|ARTICLES IN GOLD OPEN ACCESS||51||53||55||81|
|TOTAL BUDGET (M€)||12.5||15.2||14.7||14.9|
|PROJECTS FUNDING (M€)||5.4||7.1||6.4||6.8|