The Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness acknowledged ICN2 in 2014 as a Severo Ochoa Excellence Center. This Programme recognizes the excellence of the scientific contributions of centers, their industrial potential and social impact and their potential for talent attraction. In the last five years, only 21 research centers have been awarded.
The funding provided by the Severo Ochoa award is focused in a Program on "Nanodevices for Social Challenges". It is largely devoted to the recruitment of staff and the procurement of equipment to support the development of research projects.
The Program is based on four transversal methodological approaches:
- Growth and synthesis of nanomaterials
- Characterisation and metrology
- Theory and simulation
The research will produce specific applications and devices which are able to reach the market, providing new solutions to major social challenges in the following areas:
- Information technology and telecommunications
In addition to the scientific transversal goals, ICN2 will carry out a comprehensive recruiting and training program, a specific Gender action plan and international knowledge dissemination and outreach activities.