The Center of Excellence Severo Ochoa Award, granted within the subprogram of the Spanish Institutional Strengthening of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research & Innovation, recognizes national research centers that demonstrate scientific leadership of excellence and impact at global level.
Conferring reputation and social and scientific recognition, this accreditation, awarded annually, is valid for four years and renewable thereafter through re-application for the same rigorous evaluation carried out independently by an international scientific committee comprised of prestigious researchers with high impact.
From the 2020 call, managed by the State Research Agency, VHIO is the only newly accredited Center of Excellence Severo Ochoa, alongside the other six re-awarded research centers. Set within the Vall d’Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus, VHIO is also the first research center linked to the national healthcare system to have received this distinction.
The aid has been funded by the State Agency for Research ( Agencia Estatal de Investigación) (CEX2020-001024-S / AEI / 10.13039 / 501100011033)