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

29
Currently hold the Severo Ochoa label. The first open call for applicants was launched in 2011
20
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.

9,620
SOMMa Centres and Units employ thousands of professionals (data at end 2018, obtained from 43 members)
8,515
At different career levels, from PhD students, to independent researchers and group leaders (data at end 2018, obtained from 43 members)
30%
In Group Leader and Senior Researcher positions
46%
Out of 1,579 Postdocs, 732 come from abroad (2018, 43 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.

159
The European Research Council grants are among the most competitive and prestigious individual grants (data from 2018, 46 members)
45
Representing 70% of the total ERC Advanced Grants awarded in Spain to the most experienced researchers (data from 2018, 46 members)
90
Ongoing EU collaborative projects led by SOMMa researchers, which also participate in additional 418 projects (data from 2018, 46 members)
84.8
Received from EC framework programmes FP7/H2020 in 2018 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

7,775
In international peer-reviewed journals (data from 2018, 44 members)
78.4%
Published in the top-25% (first quartile) ranked journals (data from 2018, obtained from 44 members)
40.8%
Published in the top-10% (first decile) ranked journals (data from 2018, obtained from 44 members)
418
SOMMa researchers contribute to international science with several collaborations, for instance participating in all these EU collaborative projects (2018)

Open Science figures

55.6%
About half the publications from SOMMa members are published in Open Access journals or placed in freely accessible repositories (data from 2018, 44 members)
64.4%
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

77
Priority Patent Applications filled by SOMMa members (46) during 2018
4
Were born and nurtured during 2018 (data from 46 members)
535
And collaborations with industrial partners were initiated during 2018 (data from 46 members)
14
Involving Intellectual Property from SOMMa members were issued in 2018 (data from 46 members)

Training and Career

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

513
Defended during 2018, with degrees issued by more than 30 different collaborating Universities
82.6%
SOMMa members that run their own international PhD Programmes
1,578
During 2018 (data from 42 members)
50%
SOMMa members that hold the 'Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" award, issued by the EC (2018)

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

494
Yearly turnover of 41 of our members together (2018)
63.8
Private funding to 41 of our members, about 13% of total turnover (2018)
17.2%
Funds received from the EC Research Framework Programmes in 2018 represents about one sixth of the total turnover