Catalonia holds a distinguished position in terms of research. With just 0.1% of the world’s population, Catalonia represents 1% of international scientific production. Catalan research is also a leader in attaining European funding for research projects and receives double the European average in grants to researchers of excellence. ICREA researchers are the recipients of 45% of European Research Council grants. A System of reference in southern Europe that attracts scientists from around the world. 60% of the researchers working in Catalonia are foreign and the majority come from Systems of accredited excellence such as the United States and the United Kingdom. All these factors have made Catalonia a leading scientific hub in southern Europe.
Five Catalan universities are in the top ten of spanish universities ranking “Yearly scientific output per professor” and “Citations per professor”.