Ikerbasque researchers raised € 37 million for Basque science in 2021

Ikerbasque researchers raised € 37 million for Basque science in 2021

Five Ikerbasque researchers in a laboratory of the Achucarro Basque Center for Neuroscience. / jordi german

Science | Research

They published 1,484 articles in scientific journals, the all-time high, and the groups they lead employed 1,323 professionals

Ikerbasque researchers raised € 37.3 million for Basque science last year, 2 million more than in 2020, the entity reported. Of the 940 scientific projects – 128 more than the previous year – that received external funding, fifteen received grants from the European Research Council (ERC), the continent’s most prestigious R & D & I projects.

The Basque Foundation for Science closed 2021 with 312 researchers from all over the world carrying out their work in universities and science and technology centers in the Basque Country. Most are Spaniards (186), but there are also Italians (30), Germans (14), British (9), Americans (9), Russians (8), Canadians (6) and twenty-eight other nationalities. Women represent only 25% of the total, in consideration of which the institute has set itself as a priority for future integrations that at least 40% correspond to researchers.

The entity headed by Fernando Cossío, professor of organic chemistry at the University of the Basque Country, has three programs to attract and retain talent who seek to attract scientists from abroad, facilitate the return of the Basques and offer opportunities to those already working here to consolidate your career. It currently has 170 researchers with a long career, 80 young people and 62 in different stages of their scientific career.

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Last year, Ikerbasque scientists published 1,484 articles in top journals, up from 1,345 in 2020, and 1,323 people worked in the groups they lead, up from 1,190 the year before. In addition, they have created eight new ‘spin-offs’, entrepreneurial initiatives that base their business on the enhancement of processes, products and services deriving from scientific activity.

Researchers recruited by Ikerbasque come from centers such as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Max Planck Institute, the French National Center for Scientific Research and universities such as Harvard, Oxford, Stanford … 116 carry out their work at the UPV / EHU and the remaining 196, in those of Deusto and Mondragón, the nine BERCs – centers of excellence -, the Cooperative Research Centers (CIC), BioCruces, BioDonostia and other institutions. Half work in the experimental sciences, 22% in medical sciences, 15% in engineering and 12% in the social sciences and humanities. According to the institution, the results of 2021 “allow us to affirm that the Basque Country is positioned as a European reference point for science”.

The Basque Country is the autonomous community that invests the most in research and development, accounting for 1.97% of GDP in 2019, according to the INE. The national average stood at around 1.25% of GDP two years ago, also surpassed by Madrid (1.71%), Navarre (1.67%), Catalonia (1.52%) and Castilla y León (1.35%).