The Government unveils the Euskadi 2020 Science, Technology and Innovation Plan involving public-private investment to the tune of 11,100 million euros
Private-public investment of 11,100 million euros predicted between 2014-2020
Its main mission is to improve the wellbeing, sustainable economic growth and employment by means of a research and innovation policy based on smart specialisation and enhancing the efficiency of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation System
The Euskadi 2020 PCTI is a turning point midterm for R&D&I to drive the economy recovery and job stimulus
The plan is the outcome of a participative process involving institutions and stakeholders of the Basque Science and Technology Network
The Basque Government has unveiled the “Science Technology and Innovation Plan 2020" (PCTI). A smart specialisation strategy to drive the Sustainable and Economic Development of the Basque Country". The document has been analysed by the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Council and will be approved by the Basque cabinet tomorrow.
The plan is one of the fourteen strategy plans that the Basque Government is preparing in this parliamentary term. Its main mission is to improve the wellbeing, sustainable economic growth and employment by means of a research and innovation policy based on smart specialisation and enhancing the efficiency of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation System
The Euskadi 2020 PCTI is a turning point in this parliamentary term, as the commitment to innovation, research and technological development is the key to restore the impaired competitiveness and the destroyed jobs. This commitment has a particular symbolic importance midterm, when the Basque Country is beginning to witness economic recovery and job stimulus.
The Euskadi 2020 PCTI envisages private-public investment of 11,100 million euros between 2014 and 2020. 3,677 million euros, around a third of this investment, will be provided by the public administrations, with the Basque Government making the most significant contribution with 2,737 million euros. 6,609 million euros, around 60%, will be provided by the companies themselves to fund business innovation and research projects. And the remainder, coming to 814 million euros, will be funded by European funds and attracting multinational companies to develop their R&D projects in the Basque Country. In short, the Plan seeks to increase private-public investment in R&D&I by 44% between 2014-2020.
The benchmark framework underpinning the Plan are the European “Europe 2020 Strategy and “RIS 3 Strategy" programmes.
The Euskadi 2020 PCTI sets three strategic priorities:
- Energy (electricity, oil, gas and renewable energies). It is a commitment to activities related to extracting, transforming, transporting and distributing different energy sources, and particularly to renewable energies, such as offshore wind power, where the Basque Country seeks to be an international benchmark.
- Advanced manufacturing (aeronautics, automotive, shipbuilding and railways, machine tools, capital goods and metal industries). It is, in short, a commitment to the “Basque Industry 4.0.” strategy.
- Bio-sciences and health. The objective is to consolidate the high-level scientific-technology capacities (convergence of facilitator technologies, micro-nano-bio-tic) and the diversification of industrial companies. The application of biosciences to health drives the development of the health sector, based on a powerful and efficient public network with innovative and research capacity and driving new developments.
And four opportunity areas or “territories":
Agri-food industry more closely linked to sustainable development and to the human environment.
- Food safety and legislation.
- Innovation and technology applied to food and processes.
- Food chain sustainability.
- Culinary and catering industry.
Territorial planning and urban regeneration: business and technological developments based on advanced services in the areas:
- Planning aimed at designing smart territories.
- Urban regeneration as part of smart cities
Leisure, entertainment and culture.
- Cultural industries and language industry.
- Creative industries (digital leisure, multimedia, etc.).
Specific activities relating to ecosystems.
- Water decontamination
- Contaminated soils regeneration and recovery.
- Monitoring environmental risk.
The plan envisages an innovation and research policy based on smart specialisation and enhancing the efficiency of the Science, Technology and Innovation System through the four strategic lines:
- Driving the smart specialisation strategy, by means of science, technology and innovation to address the social challenges of the Basque Country.
- Strengthening the industrial leadership by means of private-public partnership.
- Enhancing the excellence of the Science, Technology and Innovation System.
- Guaranteeing the development of human capital in science, technology and innovation.
These strategic lines are underpinned by two cross-cutting core areas:
- Outreach and internationalisation of the Basque System of Science, Technology and Innovation.
- An innovative and connected system.
Furthermore, special mention should be made of a commitment with the Plan to gender equality as a horizontal aspect (by means of giving momentum to mainstreaming).
The strategic lines will be deployed in six operational objectives from now to 2020.
- Concentrating R&D&I resources and investments in the specialisation areas: increasing the research percentage from 76% to 82% in line with the RIS3. strategic priorities.
- Fostering fundamental research and experimental development: increasing the R&D&I mix to 15% Fundamental Investment/30% Industrial Investment/55% Experimental Development (it stood at 14/47/39 in 2012).
- Making the Science, Technology and Innovation System results-oriented: increasing the indexed scientific publications from 4,500 to 7,500; increasing the PCT/EPO patent applications from 340 to 500; raising sales of new products in the turnover from 12.48% to 15%.
- Prioritising attracting international investment in R&D&i: increasing R&D&I funding from abroad from the current 5% to 8% by 2020.
- a. Driving Basque participation in H2020: increasing R&D&I funding from abroad from 5% to 8% by 2020.
- b. Attracting international private investments in R&D&i:: raising Basque funding from 461 million (0.89%) to 805 million (1%) of the total funds of the framework programme.
- Increasing the number of companies involved in innovation:raising the number of innovative companies with more than 20 employees from 45.5% to 50% of the total.
- Improving the qualifications of the research staff (horizontal target): increasing the percentage of researchers with a PhD from the current 29% to 35% out of the total research staff.
The Euskadi 2020 Science, Technology and Innovation Plan is the result of a participative process involving interministerial cooperation of the Basque Government and the stakeholders represented on the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Council (Provincial Councils, the three Basque universities, Teknalia and IK4, business representatives, Jakiunde, Innobasque and Ikerbasque). There has also been input from European stakeholders and key figures in the field of science, innovation and research.