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Tuesday, 09 December 2014

The “La Caixa” Foundation stands firm in its commitment to research

All the Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence launch a joint communication to present 15 million euros from “La Caixa” for hiring the best young talent

The 18 research centres accredited with the Severo Ochoa seal of excellence have convoked the third edition of the “La Caixa” - Severo Ochoa International PhD Fellowships Programme. This initiative, funded by the “La Caixa” Foundation, will enable 46 students to be taken on to study their doctoral thesis projects for the next four years.

The grants will be awarded, after an international selection process, to the students with the greatest talent and best academic record. The initiative has the unanimous recognition of the educational community and trains students in an internationally competitive way, according to the Secretary of State for Research, Development and Innovation, Carmen Vela, as she stated during the presentation ceremony for scholars from the previous edition of the programme.

The “La Caixa” - Severo Ochoa International PhD Fellowships Programme is a continuation of the previous International PhD Fellowships in Biomedecine Programme, which began in 2008 and has been extended until 2016. In 2012 the “La Caixa” Foundation signed an agreement with the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, to extend its support for the training of young scientists in all scientific disciplines and link this to the Severo Ochoa symbol of excellence. Between 2013 and 2018, the “La Caixa” Foundation will have allocated more than 15 million euros for this new programme, a figure that bears witness to the strategic importance this organisation places on investment into first-class research.

The directors of the Severo Ochoa Centres of Excellence all agree that the “La Caixa” Foundation programme is an example to be followed. Scientific research should not and cannot depend solely on public resources. For this reason, and to be able to maintain and increase the competitiveness of our R+D+i system, the investment of private organisations into quality science, and with a long-term view, is vital.

The Severo Ochoa Centre of Excellence accreditation, awarded by the Secretary of State of Research, Development and Innovation of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, aims to promote the excellent research taking place in Spain. The centres are selected by independent scientific committees made up of internationally renowned researchers. The accreditation includes funding of one million euros annually for a four-year period.

The research centres that have obtained the Severo Ochoa seal of excellence to date, and which are participating in this call, are the following:

Barcelona Graduate School of Economics (Barcelona GSE):www.barcelonagse.euBasque Centre for Applied Mathematics (BCAM):www.bcamath.orgBarcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC-CNS): www.bsc.esCentro Nacional de Biotecnologia (CNB-CSIC):www.cnb.csic.esCentro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares (CNIC-ISCIII): www.cnic.esCentro Nacional de Investigaciones Oncológicas (CNIO-ISCIII): www.cnio.esCentro de Regulación Genómica (CRG): www.crg.euEstación Biológica de Donana (EBD-CSIC): www.ebd.csic.esInstituto de Astrofisica de Canarias (IAC): www.iac.esInstituto de Ciencias Fotónicas (ICFO): www.icfo.esInstitut Catala d'Investigació Quimica (ICIQ): www.iciq.esInstituto de Ciencias Matematicas (ICMAT-CSIC/UAM-UC3M-UCM): www.icmat.esInstituto Catalan de Nanociencia y Nanotecnologia (ICN2-CSIC/CERCA/UAB): www.icn2.catInstituto de Fisica de Altas Energias (IFAE): www.ifae.esInstituto de Fisica Teórica (IFT-UAM/CSIC): www.ift.uam-csic.esInstituto de Neurociencias de Alicante (IN-UMH/CSIC):in.umh.esInstituto de Investigación Biomédica (IRB Barcelona):www.irbbarcelona.orgInstituto de Tecnologia Quimica (ITQ-UPV/CSIC): itq.upv-csic.es