Spain: CDTI

Name of Funding agency

Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI)

Geographical coverage (national/regional)


Name of the programme/initiative

Financiación nacional de los proyectos ERA-NET - Convocatorias nacionales de Subvenciones (SERA)

Programme website

Programme owner


Program manager (executing funding organisation)


Contact person(s) (e-mail, tel.)

Marina Sopeña

Tel. (+34) 91 581 56 07

Funding Commitment


Anticipated number of fundable research partners


Maximum funding per grant awarded to a partner


Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

Type of research

Technology-based activities within industrial research and/or experimental development projects (in accordance with the definitions of the General Block Exemption Regulation, EC Regulation nº651/2014) representing outstanding scientific-technical quality and high innovative potential.

Please note that non-technological activities, particularly those related to business models/processes, are excluded for CDTI funding.

The Spanish part of the proposed work plan must be developed in Spain.

TRL range: 4-7

Funding rates (approx.)

CDTI funding would be based on grants, which will be calculated as a percentage of the eligible costs, up to a maximum aid intensity of 60 % for small enterprises, 50 % for medium enterprises and 40 % for large enterprises, according to the General Block Exemption Regulation (EC Regulation nº651/2014).

Major eligibility criteria
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restriction, cost types and caps)

Eligible applicants

For-profit enterprises (being Large companies or SME), established and carrying out RTDI activities in Spain.


Other entities such as Universities, Public Research Institutions, Technological Centres, and other non-profit private institutions are eligible for Agencia Estatal de Investigación (AEI) – Please, read AEI specific requirements.

Project duration

12-36 months


Projects should be transnational by nature, therefore, each country/ region will be responsible for no more than 70% of the total budget project costs.

Eligible costs

-        Personnel costs, to the extent employed on the research project. International project management expenses can be included, with a maximum of 58 hours (approximately 0,4PM) dedication for each month of the project.

-        Instrument and equipment costs, to the extent and during the period in which they are used for the project.

-        Contractual research costs, technical knowledge and patents bought or licensed from outside sources at market prices, as well as costs of consulting services intended exclusively for the research project.

-        Other costs (operating expenses) including materials, supplies and similar products, exclusively used for the research project. Here it can be included: ▪ Audit costs for the national reporting of the project (when applicable), maximum limit of 2.000€ per beneficiary and year. ▪ Travel expenses related directly to the implementation of the project, maximum limit of 8.000€ during the duration of the project.

-        Additional general expenses (indirect costs, as a percentage of personnel costs). Calculated authomatically by the online application of CDTI.

Submission of the proposal at national/regional level (schedule, cut-off dates, deadlines, etc.)

Each Spanish company participating in a transnational application and requesting funding from CDTI must submit a formal application by way of CDTI electronic submission system (

Deadline: 15th of June 2021

CDTI´s application consists of a complete administrative form and a technical report in Spanish which must include a detailed description of the activities to be undertaken by the company and the respective budget (please check the sections Type of research funded and Eligible costs). Applicants must indicate their VAT (CIF) number in all their respective applications (both international and national).

Applicants are strongly advised to check the detailed information available on CDTI website and to contact the NCP for getting advice about national funding rules, before submitting a proposal. If a Spanish company does not submit the national application by the deadline, it will not be considered for funding.

Submission of financial and scientific reports at the national/regional level

Further guidance