Spain: AEI


Programme Profile: Partner  


Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI - State Research Agency), Spain

Name of the programme/initiative:

Programa Estatal de I+D+i Orientada a los Retos de la Sociedad, Plan Estatal de Investigación Científica y Técnica y de Innovación 2017-2020.


The instrument for funding the Spanish groups will be the Spanish call on RDI Projects “International Joint Programming” or equivalent (Proyectos I+D+I “Programación Conjunta Internacional” o equivalente), which is expected to be launched in 2020 (PCI 2020). Only as a reference, the beneficiaries are advised to read the call PCI 2019


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


M-ERA.NET 2 call will be managed by the Subdivisión de Programas Científico-Técnicos Transversales, Fortalecimiento y Excelencia.

Programme website

AEI webpage

Programme owner

Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)

Program manager (excecuting funding organisation)

Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI)

Contact persons Details: e-mail, tel.

Name: Amador Caballero

Name: Leonor Gómez

Phone: +34 916037269


Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

Excellent basic and applied research.

TRL:1 to 5

Funding rates (approx.)

Thematic restrictions:

The topics of the M-ERA.NET call 2019 eligible for the AEI are:

·         Topic 2: Innovative surfaces, coatings and interfaces

·         Topic 4: Functional materials


Eligible costs:

- Personnel costs for temporary employment contracts (scholarships 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) are not eligible for funding in the PCI call.


Funding rates:

The following funding limit is considered an eligibility criterion. Proposals not respecting this limit could be declared ineligible.

·         Maximum per proposal eligible for AEI is €180.000 per 3-year project.

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

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


The eligible entities for the AEI funding are:


Non-profit research organisations according to the PCI 2020 call.


The Spanish Principal Investigators that apply for funding to AEI must comply with the requirements established in this transnational call and with the final rules on eligibility to be defined in the PCI 2020 call and must have experience as investigators in projects funded by the Plan Estatal I+D+i 2013-2016, the Plan Estatal I+D+i 2017-2020, ERC Grants, European Framework Programmes or other relevant international programmes.


Although enterprises will not be funded through the PCI call, the Spanish industrial sector is very much welcome to participate in the transnational consortia using their own funds or funding from Spanish regional agencies participating in this call.

Spanish PIs are strongly encouraged to integrate the Spanish industrial sector in the consortia.




The Spanish legal entities eligible for AEI must participate in a consortium involving at least, three different countries participating in this call and the transnational proposal must be coordinated by a Spanish Principal Investigator eligible for AEI.



Incompatibilities: These must be taken into account when participating in different ERA-Nets or other international initiatives.


- Principal Investigators are not allowed to apply for funding in more than one proposal of this M-ERA.NET 2 call, in more than one proposal in the same PCI call and in two PCI calls in consecutive years.

- Principal Investigators must remain unchanged between the proposal to this transnational call and the PCI 2020 call.


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


The duration of the projects must be 2 or 3 years.


Mandatory acknowledgement:

Any publication or dissemination activity resulting from the granted projects must acknowledge the AEI funding: “Project (reference nº XX) funded by the AEI through PCI call”.

Geographical coverage (national/regional)


National/regional schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines

Maximum funding for the M-ERA.NET 2 call 2019: 600.000 €