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18.04.2016 13:52

Information Day on Funding for R&D&I Projects

An information day on "Promoting R&D&I: advisory services and funding for innovative projects" has been held at the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS). The event, organised by the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), the Andalusian Innovation and Development Agency (IDEA) and the PTS, was officially opened by the provincial delegate of Andalusia's Regional Ministry of Finance and Employment, Juan José Martín Arcos, and the managing director of the PTS Foundation, Jesús Quero. The aim of the information day was to provide attendees with details of the funding available for business initiatives related to R&D&I and new technologies.

Opening session of the information day held at the BIC Granada Business Centre in the PTS.

The information day was hosted by the BIC Granada Business Centre. Almost a hundred delegates from science and technology-based companies working in sectors linked to R&D&I throughout the province of Granada attended the event to find out about grants and subsidies available for innovative projects. Mr Martín Arcos spoke about the close collaborative efforts of the CDTI and IDEA over many years to "work together to promote the technological growth of our local and regional companies, and at the same time to maintain and promote R&D as the cornerstone of their competitiveness and future sustainability".

The collaboration between the two organisations began in 2005 when they signed an agreement to facilitate the transfer of technologies developed both in public research facilities and in innovation and technology centres, so that the fruits of that R&D could be used in industrial sectors. The agreement also aims to provide support for businesses to help them apply for funding for the development of innovative technological ideas, and to collaborate so that companies take part in the international programmes run by the CDTI.

Attendees at the information day were provided with details of all the funding tools that the CDTI offers to different types of companies, such as those looking for funding for their R&D&I activities for future projects, or those collaborating in larger-scale projects.

During the final session of the day, representatives from PTS-based companies gave presentations describing their experiences of their own projects that received funding from the CDTI. A number of one-on-one meetings with Juan Luis Romera, representative of the CDTI's promotion and cooperation department, were then organised for some of the businesspeople and researchers attending the event.