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The CNIO renews the ‘Severo Ochoa’ Award of Excellence


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The Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation has announced the renewal of the ‘Severo Ochoa’ Award of Excellence of the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (CNIO). This distinction is granted to the highest scores given by the evaluators, who have positively evaluated our Centre’s research and strategic plan for 2016L2019.

According to the evaluators, the CNIO is one of the leading research institutions in the field of oncology. In particular, they highlighted the excellence of its Molecular Oncology Programme and the innovative translational research performed by the Centre’s scientists. They also mentioned the high impact factor of its scientific publications, the international collaborations carried out with groups from all over the world, or its success in obtaining private funds and establishing collaborations with the pharmaceutical industry, which allow the translation of scientific knowledge into useful applications for the benefit patients and society in general.

With this distinction, the CNIO will receive €1M yearly for 4 years to consolidate its position and leadership as a world-class leader in cancer research — both in basic and translational research —, to develop highly innovative and knowledge transfer projects, and to stand out in new drug discovery and development in the field of oncology.

Around 115 renowned international scientists have participated in the renewal of the ‘Severo Ochoa’ Award of Excellence. Jointly with the CNIO, 7 institutions that received the first ‘Severo Ochoa’ accreditation in 2011, have also been awarded the distinction: the Barcelona Supercomputing Center L Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), the Instituto de Ciencias Matemáticas (ICMAT), the Instituto de Ciencias Fotónicas (ICFO), the Instituto de Astrofísica de Canarias (IAC), the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica (IRB Barcelona), the Centro Nacional de Investigaciones Cardiovasculares Carlos III (CNIC), and the Barcelona Graduate School of Economics. In addition, three new centres have been awarded for the first time: the Basque Center on Cognition, Brain and Language, the Instituto de Ciencia de Materiales de Barcelona of the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), and the Centro de Investigación Agrigenómica (CRAG).

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