• The funds will go to 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 allocated 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 Secretariat of State of R + D + I will reinforce with this amount the calls for research projects and human resources. Specifically, this measure benefits from the aid of state knowledge generation programs – R&D projects Excellence, 'Explore Science', 'Explore Technology', revitalization action 'Europe Excellence' and centers of excellence 'Severo Ochoa '' – and the corresponding ones to solve the challenges of society – R&D projects oriented to the Challenges of the Society, joint programming actions 'Cofund Marie Curie', 'Europa Redes' for the strengthening of collaboration networks, and 'Europe Managers' for the incorporation of experts in European R&D 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 of knowledge.

Other programs that will see their amounts strengthened will be training – contracts for pre and post doctoral training -, mobility – grants for conducting training stays abroad or in business R&D centers – and incorporation – calls for hiring doctors and technologists like the 'Ramón y Cajal' or the 'Torres Quevedo'—.

The Secretary of State for R & D & I will publish in the coming days the Annual Plan of Actions 2014, 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 agencies, forecasting of new agreements, development of agreements and other actions.

Expense commitment

The Council of Ministers has also authorized the raising of limits for acquiring spending commitments charged to future years, which allows the amount granted for R&D activities to continue in the coming years.

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