Severo Ochoa Program


The Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence Accreditation is awarded by the Government of Spain to recognize, reward and promote outstanding scientific research in Spanish centres and units with a high level of excellence in the international arena. The specific objectives of the Severo Ochoa programme are:

- Improve the capacity of high-level research centres to organize and carry out their investigations.

- Improve their ability to attract, recruit, train and retain talent

- Encourage their relationship with other reference centres

- Disseminate research results to the general public

Accreditation as a “Severo Ochoa Centre or Unit of Excellence” is valid for four years and includes a grant of one million Euros per year during this period.

A limited number of Severo Ochoa centres or units of excellence are accredited each year. At the end of their four-year accreditation period they may apply again for accreditation.


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