Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

“Severo Ochoa” Centres of Excellence and “María de Maeztu” Excellence Units Programme

Programa de Actuación Anual 2018

State Programme for Knowledge Generation and Scientific and Technological Strengthening of the R&D&i System
State Subprogramme for Institutional Strengthening
Call status


Application deadlines
  • 04/12/2018-10/01/2019
General description

The objective is twofold: first, that of promoting the quality of Spanish scientific research by recognizing the best centres and units that stand out for the relevance and impact, at an international level, of the research results obtained during the previous reference period.

In addition to the recognition of the best research centres and units of our country, the call finances the strategic plans or the strategic research programmes proposed, respectively, by the centres or units, aimed at consolidating their scientific capacities, contributing to the leadership of Spanish research and acting as drivers to attract talent at an international level.

The accreditation and assistance for the execution of the strategic plan or the strategic research program have a duration of four years and are obtained through an evaluation and screening process based on scientific criteria and in accordance with the most demanding international standards.

Specific goals and activities financed
Two types of action are foreseen. The first is aimed at research centres and the second at research units, whose distinction is established in terms of: (1) legal personality (2) the degree of autonomy in administrative and economic management, and (3) the number of researchers. The research centres selected will be accredited as «Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence» and the research units selected will receive the «María de Maeztu Excellence Units» accreditation. The strategic plans of the centres and the strategic research programs of the accredited units will be subject to financing based on the amount established in the call.
32,000,000 euros
The action is aimed at public research centres and units, as well as private non-profit research institutions, whose scientific leadership is internationally proven, with capabilities for decisively contributing to advancing the frontier of knowledge and generating results of high impact for the system as a whole.
Instructor Entity
Subdivision of Planning and Administrative Management. State Research Agency
Scientific-technical monitoring body
Subdivision of Transversal Scientific-Technical Strengthening and Excellence Programmes. State Research Agency
Type of financing
Rules of the call
Competitive tender
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