Programme Profile:

Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO), Spain

Name of the programme/initiative:

Programa Estatal de Investigación, Desarrollo e Innovación Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica Técnica y de Innovación 2013-2016.

The instrument for funding the Spanish groups will be the Spanish Call on International Joint Programming Actions (Acciones de Programación Conjunta Internacional), which will be launched in 2017  (APCIN 2017). Only as a reference, the beneficiaries are advised to read the call APCIN 2015.

The Spanish legal entities granted are obliged by the regulations established in this APCIN call and by the funding limits specified below.

The Call  will managed by Subdirección General de Proyectos Internacionales (SGPINT)

programme website

Programme owner

Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)

Program manager (excecuting funding organisation)

Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO)

Contact person
Details: e-mail, tel.

Name: Watse Castelein

Phone: 916038876


Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

Basic and applied research. (Low Technology Readiness Level). Only research proposals by groups of proven outstanding research record will be funded.

Funding rates (approx.)

Eligible costs:

- Personnel costs for temporary contracts (fellowships are not eligible).

- Current costs, small scientific equipment, disposable materials, travelling expenses and other costs that can be justified as necessary to carry out the proposed activities.

Indirect costs (overheads) or clinical assays (proofs of concept, proofs of principle) are not eligible for funding in the APCIN call.

Funding rates

The following funding limits are considered eligibility criteria. Proposals not respecting these limits could be declared non eligible.

  • For simulation and theory groups: Up to 35.000 € per year for one Spanish partner. Up to 45.000 € per year for the whole Spanish part in case more than one Spanish partner participates in the same proposal.
  • For experimental groups: Up to 50.000 € per year for one Spanish partner. Up to 65.000 € per year for the whole Spanish part in case more than one Spanish partner participates in the same proposal.
  • If the transnational proposal is led by a PI eligible for MINECO funding a maximum of 8.000 € per year in addition.

Centres formed by different Spanish legal entities will be considered as a unique entity, and thus the maximum funding should not exceed the limits per proposal established above (this applies, for example, to mixed centres).

The final fundingwill take into account the transnational evaluation of the collaborative proposal, the scientific quality of the Spanish group, the added value of the international collaboration, the participation of the industrial sector, and the financial resources available.

Major eligibility restrictions
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restricition)

Eligible legal entities for MINECO funding:

  1. Non-profit research organizations according to the APCIN call
  2. Although enterprises will not be funded through the APCIN Call, the Spanish industrial sector is much welcome to participate in the transnational consortia using their own funds


Spanish Principal investigators must be eligible according to the APCIN  call and must have experience as investigators in projects funded by the Plan Nacional I+D+I 2008-2011, the Plan Estatal I+D+I 2013-2016, ERC Grants, or European Framework Programmes.

Not allowed:

  • Principal Investigators are not allowed to apply for funding in more than one proposal of the M--ERA call 2016.
  • Principal Investigators are not allowed to apply for funding in more than one proposal neither in the same APCIN call nor in two consecutive APCIN calls. This must be taken into account when participating in different ERA-Nets or other international initiatives

MINECO will avoid double funding (overlapping with other EU or National funding), and will not grant projects or parts of projects already funded

Any publication or dissemination activity resulting from the granted projects must acknowledge MINECO funding even after the end of the project: “Project (reference nº XX) funded by MINECO through APCIN  (year XX)”.


Geographical coverage (national/regional)


National/regional schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines

As stated in the call text, the project leader of each consortium must submit the full proposal electronically to the common Call Secretariat.

As agreed on in the M.ERANET Consortium Agreement M ERANET will avoid an oversubscription in the full proposal phase exceeding a factor of approximately 3. Therefore the total budget of the MINECO applicants recommended for full proposal submission by M.ERANET will not exceed 3 times (approximately) the total budged committed by MINECO for the M.ERANET call.