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Basque companies increase their commitment to technology, as the number of applications for R&D programmes up 7% this year

2012 April 13

- The seven programmes run by the Department for Industry, Trade and Tourism to fund technological innovation has received nearly 1,800 corporate applications in the 2012 call .

- The Etorgai flagship programme, aimed at projects to drive the Basque economy, has seen a 47% rise in applications, with private investment of 380 million.

The seven programmes to fund technological innovation fostered by the Department for Industry, Trade and Tourism, through the SPRI (the Society for Competitive Transformation), has seen demand up overall 7% this year with respect to last year. These are the Etorgai, Gaitek, NETs, Etortek, Saiotek, Hedatu and Emaitek programmes, whose call has ended with overall success in the number of applications filed.

Special mention should be made of the 47% rise in the applications submitted for the Etorgai programme. This is the Department's "flagship" initiative as it requires the collaboration between companies, technological centres and universities, to be multi-annual and act as a driving force on the Basque economy. It is aimed at strategic business projects and has a multiplying effect, as private initiatives pay two euros for each euro contributed by the Basque Government.

The planned investment for the Etorgai programme by the Department run by Bernabé Unda this year exceeds 42 million euros for 2012, compared to the 32 million in 2011 that benefitted 175 companies. The applications in the call are for projects with a global investment of 380 million euros, compared to 241 million in 2011, which means that the total volume of the projects is up 58%.

If a total of 1,750 technology grants were approved in 2011, this year 1,875 applications have already been submitted. If we look further into these figures, it can be seen that the major funding programmes for companies where Gaitek, aimed at projects that include R&D&i activities to develop new products, was up by 7% and Etorgai, a noteworthy 47%.

The programme aimed at helping technology-scientific stakeholders that are part of the Basque Network for Science, Technology and Innovation (Saiotek) has also seen applications rise by 9%, up from 346 to 376; along with the Hedatu programme, aimed at disseminating the actions that foster knowledge transfer arising from research, which has risen from 63 to 65 applications.

The NET programmes, that fund the setting up of new technology companies; Emaitek, to fund assessment of the research activity in technology and Etortek, which backs strategic research, have seen similar applications to those approved in 2011. In any case, the latter programme has seen how investments in projects liable for funding have increased by 24%, up from 130 to 161 million euros.

 

2011 CALLS

2012 CALLS

Funding Managed

2012 Application Control (30/03/12)

Variation

GAITEK

1,172

1,252

107%

NETs

88

82

93%

ETORGAI

43

63

147%

HEDATU

63

65

103%

SAIOTEK

346

376

109%

EMAITEK

11

11

100%

ETORTEK

27

26

96%

TOTALS

1,750

1,875

107%

 

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  • @OskaraTwit
    2012 April 15

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