Spain

Partner 12: (ES: Spain) MINECO … Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
The Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), through the Secretariat of State for Research, Development and Innovation, is the department of the General State Administration responsible for elaborating and implementing government policies on scientific research, technological development and innovation in all sectors, as well as for coordinating state-owned research institutions. In particular, MINECO is responsible for the proposal, management, monitoring and evaluation of the State programmes and strategic actions of the State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and for Innovation 2013-2016, in line with the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation 2013-2020.

Partner 13: (ES-AN: Spain Andalusia) IDEA … Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia
Agency for Innovation and Development of Andalusia IDEA, is a new model of regional development agency, attached to the Regional Ministry for Economy, Innovation, and Science, which brings together the experience accumulated by the Instituto de Fomento de Andalucía (Andalucia Development Institute) and which marks out new ways in which to reach one consensual objective: to make Andalusia an avant-garde region in the field of the most advanced economies. Agency IDEA is the unique managing and executive organization of the policies of innovation and development of the Consejería de Economía, Innovación, Ciencia y Empleo (Regional Ministry for Regional Ministry for Economy, Innovation, Science and Employment), which takes as a reference, the strategies outlined in the Plan of Innovation and Modernization of Andalucía (PIMA) and has, as its final objective, the Second Modernization of Andalucia.Agency IDEA promotes, encourages and co-ordinates the policies relating to the productive sector systems, defined as preferential, in accordance with the strategy of the Consejería de Economía, Innovación y Ciencía (Regional Ministry for Innovation, Science and Enterprise): Aeronautic Sector; Nano technologies; Metalmechanics Sector; Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs ) and Emerging Sectors; Agro-industrial Sector; Biotechnology; Environment and Energy.

Partner 14: (ES-AS: Spain Asturias) IDEPA … Instituto de Desarrollo Económico del Principado de Asturias
IDEPA is the economic development agency of the Principality of Asturias, the regional Administration’s official body committed to enhancing economic growth and generating employment in the region. In order to achieve this goal, IDEPA offers services to business and entrepreneurs. IDEPA promotes research, development and innovation as a basis for new productive activities and processes with high added value; encourages the integration of strategic factors in business management - technological innovation, quality and excellence, design and environmental sustainability; offers companies in the region European services to enable them to benefit from the advantages of the Single Market and facilitate their participation in European programmes; cooperates with the main regional, national and European organizations and bodies involved in R+D+i systems. IDEPA led the design of the RIS3 strategy for Asturias, and identified, among others, Advanced and Sustainable Materials as one of the main fields for regional specialization. IDEPA offers different financial support to facilitate the setting up of new projects in the Principality of Asturias. Furthermore IDEPA manages a yearly fund of about 5 M € devoted to support research and innovation projects. Currently IDEPA is defining new financial instruments aimed at RIS3 implementation. IDEPA, on behalf of Asturias, is already involved in three ERANET projects, M-era.net, MANUNET and Oceaneranet, supported by the specific fund: IDEPA grants for international R&D projects in Asturias under ERA.net Schemes.

Partner 15: (ES-BC: Spain Basque Country) Basque Government
The Ministry for Economic Development and Competitiveness coordinates the design and implementation of the Basque R&D&i Policy. That policy is widely known throughout the whole Europe as an example of a very strong regional compromise with knowledge and industrial development. At the present moment the Science, Technology and Innovation Plan 2015 (PCTI 2015) is proof of the Basque Government’s determined commitment to position our country as an innovation reference in Europe. If the country’s first economic transformation served to strengthen operational efficiency and put us on the European quality map, the second important economic transformation, in which we are currently immersed, must serve to put us on the European innovation map in its broadest sense. This challenge requires a rich and varied Basque Innovation System, in terms of current disciplines or knowledge areas and the importance of relations which must be established in the heart of the system and with the exterior. Knowledge has its own life and is built on a cumulative process in which education, research and innovation participate. Knowledge flows and evolves with the different agents of the Basque Innovation System represented by the companies, agents of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network and the Basque Government along with the Regional Councils, as well as the General State Administration and the European Union.The key lies in supporting the core industrial strengths in the field of materials, energy, machinery, mobility and on the Basque advanced manufacturing capacities to invest, based on a dynamic, flexible model in market niches with great potential.

Partner 16: (ES-BC: Spain Basque Country) Innobasque … Basque Innovation Agency
Innobasque is the Basque Innovation Agency launched from the Presidency of the Basque Government. It is a non-profit association set up to coordinate and promote innovation in all fields in Basque Country, as well as to foster the entrepreneurial spirit and creativity. Innobasque is made up of the agents of the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network, private companies, public Basque institutions, official representatives of Basque administration and workers, and all kind of organisations connected with innovation. Its operational model is based on activities that promote the values and attitudes associated with innovation; on actions that spread the image of an innovative Basque Country to the world as an advanced centre for RDI; as well as on activities that generate the dynamics for innovating in Basque companies and organisations. The international Area of Innobasque cooperates with the department of Economic Development and Competitiveness in the internationalisation strategy of the R+D+i programmes. It complements the functions of the SPRI, the Basque Development Agency, and the Basque Government itself. Functions: internationalization of funding programmes, acting as a project office to analyze, benchmark, capture opportunities for improvement, organize workshops and involve government in mid and long term programme decisions.

Partner 17: (ES: CL)… Agency of Innovation, Business Financing and Internationalization of Castilla y León
ADE is the public entity in the region that carries out most of the programs, actions, policies and financing measures focused on private sector in the region (enterprises), including regional policies and programs, the promotion and deployment of Spanish national R&D and Innovation policies and programs in the region, and all the issues related to R&D and Innovation at the international and European level. Among ADE commitments we can remark the following:
Innovation policies and financing (subsidies and loans), for all the agents of the regional innovation system (companies, universities, RTDs, etc.)
- Effective and specific support tool for regional entities in the frame of R&D and Innovation Programmes and related activities: support, information, training, events, incentives, etc.
- Promotion of European and International programs and initiatives (including a delegation in Brussels). Representation of the region in the committees and boards of H2020 and other R&D and Innovation programs and initiatives at the European level.
- Promotion and coordination of public procurement policies and activities in the region. Entrepreneurship, cluster and sectoral policies.
- Policies and programs for Technology Centres in the region

Partner 18: (ES-MA: Spain Madrid) fmi+d … Foundation for knowledge MADRIMASD
Fundación para el Conocimiento madrimasd (Madrimasd) was established (2003) under the initiative of the Government Council of the Community of Madrid (General Directorate of Universities and Research. DGUI) to manage a number of programmes (Internationalisation of Research, Enterprise Europe Network, Innovation Circles for Economic Intelligence, NTBF support, etc) of the DGUI. Keeping in line with DGUI objectives, Madrimasd aims at improving the quality of the higher education system in Madrid Region, promoting the development of scientific and technological knowledge, and the scientific culture, stimulating technology innovation and joint actions between the scientific and business communities, developing a framework to encourage start-ups from Research and Development projects, and participating in European R&D programmes and projects.