€70M TO FUND CDTI MISSIONS, NEW PUBLIC SUPPORT TO FOSTER PUBLIC-PRIVATE COLLABORATION IN R&D
The new financial instrument of the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (MCIU) to support public-private research, known as CDTI Missions, will finally have a budget of €70 million, as approved by the Council of Ministers held on 20 December 2019. This is an attractive proposal to financially support research projects carried out by business groups with the participation of research centres (public research organisations, technology centres or universities).
During 2019, working groups organised by CDTI have been held to define the content of the aforementioned missions, which aim to solve the main challenges facing Spanish society in the 21st century. The work of these working groups has materialised in five major challenges: sustainable and intelligent mobility, dynamisation of a large sustainable and healthy agri-food sector, boosting Spanish industry in the industrial revolution of the 21st century and the capacity to provide a sustainable response to the diseases and needs arising from ageing.
The CDTI proposal seems to envisage, a priori, two types of missions, with different requirements in each case, but always aimed at helping the business entities that act as beneficiaries of the programme:
• SME Missions. For cooperative projects with budgets between €1.5 and €3M, in business consortia of up to 6 SMEs. These consortia must include at least 60% of industrial research activities and subcontract at least 15% to research centres.
• Large Enterprise Missions. For consortia projects with budgets between €5 and €10M, with consortia formed by 8 companies with at least one SME and requiring that 85% of the project activities can be classified as industrial research, guaranteeing a subcontracting of at least 20% to research centres.
It is estimated that, in principle, of the €70 million budget, a minimum of €10 million will be reserved for consortia formed by SMEs. Following the Government’s approval of the available budget, the official publication of the call for proposals in the BOE is still pending.
artica+i, from the area of Innovation Consultancy, has extensive experience in the management of grants for large consortium projects, having participated with very positive results in different calls for proposals of the CENIT, CIEN, Interconecta, Retos and Grupos Operativos programmes, in which the aforementioned collaboration between companies and research centres is promoted. Our technological specialisation allows us to guarantee the qualification of the nature of the technical activities proposed and to guide the projects correctly, with a guarantee of success, towards the desired type of aid.
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