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  • Spanish entities participate in 943 R & D & I activities and lead 101 projects

  • It is ranked as the fifth country that receives the most funds from the EU28 after Germany, the United Kingdom, France and the Netherlands

Spain has obtained 553.3 million euros in the first 73 calls submitted for the European research and innovation program, Horizon 2020 (2014-2020). This figure represents 9.5% of the resources granted in competitive competition so far, which places Spain as the fifth recipient of EU aid28 after Germany (17.7%), United Kingdom (16.4%), France (11.6%) and Holland (9.6%).

The Spanish entities -universities, organisms and research centers, companies, technology centers or foundations- have obtained funding to participate in 943 R + D + i activities. In addition, 101 projects (15.7% of the EU28) will be led by Spanish institutions, which is very beneficial because it allows greater returns and a better strategic positioning to generate knowledge.

In the VII Framework Program (2007-2013), Spain, with an 8.3% return, came close to compensating its contribution to the EU budget (8.9%), occupying the sixth place in the EU28. And for the first time a large number of projects were led (10.5%).

The Secretary of State for R & D & I, Carmen Vela, stressed that the data from both programs “reflect the quality of the Spanish system of science, technology and innovation. For Horizon 2020, we had set a goal of 9.5% return and 10.5% of projects led; for the moment we comply with a note. Our participation curve in Europe in recent years is clearly upward. ” Vela also recognized the important role that the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), the European Office and other agents and structures that work to enhance the Spanish presence in European R & D & I programs have in these results.

In Health, an important area with a large endowment, Spain has gone from obtaining 5.5% of the European funds of the VII Framework Program to the current 9% (51 M €); Energy continues to improve and goes from 11% of the previous program to the current 13.1%, being the second country by return. In Nanotechnology, Materials and Manufacturing (from 11.1% to 15.2%) or in Space (from 8.1% to 11.2%) the jump has also been important. Regarding the SME Instrument, very important in Horizon 2020, Spain appears as the second country by return (13.3%).
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The European Research Council (ERC for its acronym in English) has also increased its aid to Spain. In 2014, Spanish institutions achieved 22 Starting Grants (for the 14 of 2013) and 32 Consolidator Grants (for the 20 of 2013). The Advanced Grants are missing.

Spanish companies are still the ones that bring more resources from Europe, with 33% of the total, while universities get 23.4%. As for the entities that have obtained the most projects, the Higher Council for Scientific Research (CSIC) stands out, with 71 projects of which 36 leads, followed by the Tecnalia Research and Innovation Foundation, with 45 projects and 7 led, and Pompeu Fabra University, with 21 projects and 13 led.

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