Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Accreditation and Support of Centres of Excellence “Severo Ochoa” and Units of Excellence “María de Maeztu” 2017

Programa de Actuación Anual 2017

National Programme for Fostering Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research
Subprograma Estatal de Fortalecimiento Institucional
Call status


Application deadlines
  • 22/11/2017-19/12/2017
General description

The Programme aims to promote excellence in scientific research in Spain. It targets centres or units that carry out cutting-edge research and are among the world's best in their respective areas.

Accreditation process is developed through a competitive call for existing centres and units on the basis of their research performance during the last 5 years.  

Accreditation as a “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” or a “María de Maeztu Unit of Excellence” is valid for the next four years and includes a grant for this period.

Specific goals and activities financed

The Programme is intended for both centres and units, which are expected to perform the highest quality research. The only difference between them is that, in general, centres should be autonomous in their research management and have a bigger critical mass than units.

Each accredited “Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence” will receive financial support for developing its strategic plan during the next four years. The financial support to accredited “María de Maeztu Units of Excellence” is devoted to developing their strategic research programmes in the same period.

Public and non-profit research institutions.
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
Contact information


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