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The Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System


The Act 14/2011 of 1st June on science, technology and innovation (hereinafter, STI Act, from its initials in Spanish) defines the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System as a "system of systems" that integrates and coordinates general State policies with those of the Autonomous Regions and articulates the actions in the public and private (company) spheres via the Science, Technology and Innovation Policy Council.

The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, assumes the responsibility for fostering research and innovation, and the management of international relations in this area and the Spanish representation in programs and international organizations, and the EU.Nevertheless, other Ministries also participate in the creation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of R&D&I policy.

The objective of the STI Act is to contribute to sustainable economic development and social welfare by generating, spreading and transferring knowledge and innovation.

Spanish R&D&I policy is based around:

It covers the list of annual actions and Calls developed by the national programmes and establishes a calendar of proposed public Calls, in which the characteristics of the aid, recipients, deadlines for presentation and the ruling of proposals are indicated together with the relevant management bodies.