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Spain doubles funding for public-private R&D projects

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Total of €375 million on offer, with direct aid of €150m more than double previous call

The Spanish government has doubled its direct funding for public-private R&D projects under the 2021 call from Spain’s State Research Agency (AEI), as part of a broader push to increase Spanish R&D spending.

A total budget of €375 million has been allocated to the call, up from €260m in the previous call. Within this, €150m is available as direct state aid and €225m as loans, up from €70m and €190m respectively.

The objective of the call is to promote the development of new technologies, products and services, in particular through knowledge transfer, the government said on 3 January.

The call is aimed at public research organisations including universities, health research institutes, technology centres, companies and business associations. It opens on 19 January and closes on 9 February, with information available via a webinar on 11 January.

A day after the funding increase was announced, the government revealed that another call has allocated €127m to 37 large projects intended to improve public-private cooperation. More than 200 companies and more than 100 research organisations are participating.