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

28
Currently hold the Severo Ochoa label. The first open call for applicants was launched in 2011
22
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.

11,994
SOMMa Centres and Units employ thousands of professionals (data at end 2019, obtained from 49 members)
8,546
At different career levels, from PhD students, to independent researchers and group leaders (data at end 2019, obtained from 52 members)
28%
In Group Leader and Senior Researcher positions
48.4%
Out of 2,188 Postdocs, 1059 come from abroad (2019, data from 51 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.

183
The European Research Council grants are among the most competitive and prestigious individual grants (data from 2019, 46 members)
48
Representing over 40% of the total ERC Advanced Grants awarded in Spain to the most experienced researchers (data from 2019, 46 members)
116
Ongoing EU collaborative projects led by SOMMa researchers, which also participate in additional 467 projects as partners (data from 2019, 47 members)
90.3
Received from EC framework programmes FP7/H2020 in 2019 only (data from 49 members)

Research

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

9,980
In international peer-reviewed journals (data from 2019, 52 members)
75.4%
Published in the top-25% (first quartile) ranked journals (data from 2019, obtained from 52 members)
35.6%
Published in the top-10% (first decile) ranked journals (data from 2019, obtained from 52 members)
467
SOMMa researchers contribute to international science with several collaborations, for instance participating in all these EU collaborative projects (2019)

Open Science figures

49.2%
About half the publications from SOMMa members are published in Open Access journals or placed in freely accessible repositories (data from 2019, 46 members)
72.5%
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

87
Priority Patent Applications filled by SOMMa members (data from 41 members) during 2019
16
Were born and nurtured during 2019 (data from 39 members)
467
And collaborations with industrial partners were initiated during 2019 (data from 32 members)
22
Involving Intellectual Property from SOMMa members were issued in 2019 (data from 36 members)

Training and Career

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

661
Defended during 2019, with degrees issued by more than 30 different collaborating Universities (data of 52 members)
77.4%
SOMMa members that run their own international PhD Programmes
1,908
During 2019 (data from 49 members)
51.9%
SOMMa members that hold the 'Human Resources Strategy for Researchers" award, issued by the EC (as of 2019)

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

531
Yearly turnover of 50 of our members together (2019)
67.4
Private funding to 44 of our members, over 12 % of total turnover (2019)
17%
Funds received from the EC Research Framework Programmes in 2019, representing about one sixth of the total turnover