Francesc Díaz and Òscar Pàmies, lecturers in the URV’s Faculty of Chemistry and Anthony Pym, a lecturer in the Faculty of Letters, have been recognized by the Catalan Institute for Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA) within its Academia program. Seven URV lecturers have now been honoured by the program: two in 2008, Josep Domingo Ferrer and Benjamín Iñiguez Nicolau from the School of Engineering; two in 2009, Francesc Medina from the University School of Chemical Engineering and Montserrat Diéguez from the Faculty of Chemistry; and these three in 2010, who have enjoyed the advantages of the program since 1 January.
The ICREA Academia program awards 250,000 euros to each winning researcher over a period of five years. The recognition requires priority dedication to research activities at a Catalan public university for the five years that the program is in effect. The goal is to motivate university lecturers with outstanding research careers and to encourage them to remain in the region. It is a program intended exclusively for university teaching staff who are involved in research projects at their universities (in their departments or in university-affiliated institutes) and especially for university personnel who are fully active in their area of research and would like to broaden its scope. In short, it is a program that rewards research excellence and a capacity for leadership and that contributes to keeping research talent within the Catalan university system.
The award of 50,000 euros per year is divided between the researcher (50%) and his or her university, which will receive 5,000 euros for program administration and 20,000 euros for hiring additional personnel to relieve awarded researchers of some of their academic obligations so they can focus more intently on their research.
In the three years that the program has been in effect, a total of 95 researchers from Catalan public universities have received recognition for their work, including the seven from the URV.
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