The UPC continues to be the top Spanish university in obtaining funds from the Horizon 2020 programme

By activity, the UPC scores high in grants from the European Research Council (ERC), from Marie Curie actions and from the programmes dedicated to environment and climate action, security, and information and communication technologies.

Jul 11, 2017

The Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) continues to be the top university and the third Spanish organisation in obtaining funding from the European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020 (H2020), according to the provisional results of the latest report from the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) for the period 2014-2016.

In the CDTI report published last spring, the UPC is the third organisation in Spain to receive the most H2020 funds, behind the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and the Tecnalia Research & Innovation Foundation. According to the subject areas of the report, the UPC is among the four organisations with the greatest funding in the Climate, Environment and Raw Materials programme, together with Tecnalia, the UAB and Acciona Construcción. It is also one of the organisations with the most funding in the Security programme, together with Atos, Vicomtech, the Spanish Ministry of the Interior and Telefónica I+D. 

The report states that the UPC participates in 71 research projects, of which it leads 25, although by the end of the 2016-2017 academic year it had obtained European funding for 110 projects in the H2020 programme, coming to a total of €43.5 million.

The greatest amounts of funding were obtained through excellent science projects distinguished with ERC grants (over €8 million), through projects linked to the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT-LEIT) programme (over €7 million) and through Marie Sklodowska-Curie actions (over €6.5 million). 

The provisional list of the 20 Spanish organisations with the highest return includes the Institute of Photonic Sciences (ICFO) and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center-Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS), both linked to the UPC and listed in 11th and 12th places, respectively. 

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