The ICCUB is awarded with the Maria de Maeztu Excellence Distinction (2020-2023)
The Institute of Cosmos Sciences (ICCUB), a research unit of the Institute of Space Studies of Catalonia (IEEC), is one of the six Maria de Maeztu Excellence Units accredited by the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation this year (2019 call). This is the second time that ICCUB receives this award, after obtaining the first one in the 2014 call.

This recognition distinguishes organizations with highly competitive research programs that are among the best in the world in their respective scientific areas. The evaluation and selection process is carried out independently by an international scientific committee of widely recognized researchers, which selects both Severo Ochoa centers and Maria de Maeztu units under the same requirements and criteria. The ICCUB is one of the 16 organizations (10 Severo Ochoa centers and 6 Maria de Maeztu units) that has been selected in this annual competitive call, among 55 candidates.

The accreditation provides funding to research organizations that demonstrate international scientific impact and leadership, and actively embrace knowledge transfer and collaboration with the business sector. Efforts on scientific publications access researcher’s effort with open access policies to scientific publications, outreach and knowledge diffusion are also recognized. The Maria de Maeztu recognition is valid for four years and enables the unit to receive 500.000€ each year. The money is intended to strengthen research initiatives and help attract and grow the research community.

As a Unit of Excellence, the ICCUB will join the SOMM Excellence Alliance, which promotes Spanish Excellence in research and enhances its social impact at national and international levels.


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Title: Maria de Maeztu Accreditation
Caption: Maria de Maeztu Accreditation
Credit: Somma and Ministry of Science and Innovation
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