Facts and Figures

Find here a selection of aggregated indicators to illustrate the characteristics and strengths of SOMMa

The Alliance members

See the list of Centres and Units here

25
Currently hold the Severo Ochoa label. The first open call for applicants was launched in 2011
23
Currently hold the María de Maeztu label. The first open call for applicants was launched in 2014
All
From life sciences to humanities, from maths to engineering and to experimental and social sciences
2017
The SOMM alliance was officially born during its kick-off meeting in Madrid

People

The main asset of the SOMMa centres and units is their staff. Highly qualified professionals, many of them arriving from all over the world.

8,249
SOMMa Centres and Units employ thousands of professionals (data at end 2017, obtained from 41 members)
7,323
At different career levels, from PhD students, to independent researchers and group leaders (data at end 2017, obtained from 41 members)
26%
In Group Leader and Senior Researcher positions
45%
Out of 1,506 Postdocs, 672 come from abroad (2017, 42 members)

International Competitiveness

SOMMa Researchers are highly competitive at the international arena. They are successful in the most prestigious grants and lead many international collaborative projects.

156
The European Research Council grants are among the most competitive and prestigious individual grants (data from 2017, 45 members)
41
Representing 70% of the total ERC Advanced Grants awarded in Spain to the most experienced researchers (data from 2017, 45 members)
86
Ongoing EU collaborative projects led by SOMMa researchers, which also participate in additional 335 projects (data from 2017, 45 members)
75.5
Received from EC framework programmes FP7/H2020 in 2017 only (data from 41 members)

Research

Cutting-edge research performed at SOMMa centres and units is published in top-tier journals for each scientific field

7,125
In international peer-reviewed journals (data from 2017, 45 members)
89.4%
Published in the top-25% (first quartile) ranked journals (data from 2017, obtained from 45 members)
45.3%
Published in the top-10% (first decile) ranked journals (data from 2017, obtained from 44 members)
335
SOMMa researchers contribute to international science with several collaborations, for instance participating in all these EU collaborative projects (2017)

Open Science figures

52%
About half the publications from SOMMa members are published in Open Access journals or placed in freely accessible repositories (data from 2017, 35 members)
63%
SOMMa members that have in place or endorsed Open Access policies for their publications

Creating value

Top-notch science generates knowledge and value for society. SOMMa members foster entrepreneurship and collaboration with industry for optimal exploitation of research results

96
Filled by SOMMa members (41) during 2017
6
Were born and nurtured during 2017 (data from 39 members)
266
And collaborations with industrial partners were initiated during 2017 (data from 37 members)
39
Involving Intellectual Property from SOMMa members were issued in 2017 (data from 39 members)

Training and Career

Attracting talent, providing training, and promoting careers are within the main goals of SOMMa members

649
Defended during 2017, with degrees issued by more than 30 different collaborating Universities
78%
SOMMa members that run their own international PhD Programmes
1,588
During 2017 (data from 36 members)
48%
SOMMa members that hold the 'Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" award, issued by the EC (2017)

Funding attraction

The funding structure of the SOMMa centres and units is very diverse, but all together attract significant amounts from national and international competitive sources and also from private origin

431.2
Yearly turnover of 43 of our members together (2017)
34.5
Private funding to 34 of our members, more than 8% of total turnover (2017)
17.5%
Funds received from the EC Research Framework Programmes in 2017 represents about one sixth of the total turnover