ICREA was created in 2001 with the aim to estimulate the development of quality research in Catalonia and it has resulted in one of the keys of the international success of our system. After these fifteen years, it can be said that the consolidation of the programme as a cluster of good researchers is a reality. ICREA is recognised, both in Catalonia and internationally, thanks to its ability to attract and hire talented researchers of the highest level through annual calls using the best possible practices to evaluate and select candidates. The continuous support of the Catalan Government has been a key factor in this process.
Often we refer to ICREA when we talk about the system’s indicators of excellence. The impact of ICREA, and its nearly 300 hired researchers up to today, is remarkable, not only on scientific productivity but also on attracting research funds, knowledge transfer and job creation, as acknowledged by the British agency Technopolis. ICREA, through its own governing model, has full institutional independence and management.
It is a pleasure to welcome you to ICREA’s website and I invite you to navigate through the sections devoted to our researchers and their scientific contributions. Also, I recommend you to browse the annual memoirs to get to know the ICREA community in depth.
In the name of the Generalitat de Catalunya I would like to reaffirm the unwavering support of the Government to ICREA. Personally, I would also like to thank the executive team as a whole, for maintaining first-level working standards, as well as the evaluators and experts who have contributed to maintaining the excellence of this extraordinarily successful institution.
Hble. Sr. Jordi Baiget
Minister of Enterprise and Knowledge