- The funds will go to the calls for human resources and research projects
The Council of Ministers has approved the granting of an extraordinary loan of 95 million euros for R & D & I. These additional resources will be destined to the actions framed in the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation 2013-2016 managed by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.
The Secretary of State for R + D + I will reinforce with this amount the calls for research projects and human resources. Specifically, this measure benefits from state aid programs for the generation of knowledge – R&D Excellence projects, 'Explore Science', 'Explore Technology', revitalization action 'Europe Excellence' and centers of excellence 'Severo Ochoa '' – and the corresponding ones to solve society's challenges – R&D projects oriented to Society's Challenges, joint programming actions 'Cofund Marie Curie', 'Europa Networks' for the strengthening of collaboration networks, and 'Europa Gestores' for the incorporation of experts in European R + D + I programs. The purpose of these calls is to promote, through competitive competition, the execution of research and innovation projects, as well as other activities whose results represent a significant advance in knowledge.
Other programs that will see increased amounts will be training —contracts for pre and post-doctoral training—, mobility —support for training stays abroad or in business R&D centers— and incorporation —contract calls for doctors and technologists like the 'Ramón y Cajal' or the 'Torres Quevedo'—.
The R + D + I Secretary of State will publish in the next few days the 2014 Annual Action Plan, which will include the list of actions and calls that are launched, indicating the deadlines for submission and resolution of proposals, as well as the management bodies, forecasting of new agreements, development of agreements and other actions.
Commitment to spend
The Council of Ministers has also authorized the elevation of limits to acquire spending commitments charged to future years, which allows the amount granted for R & D & I actions to continue in the coming years.