Projects Challenges-Collaboration: Opportunity for the effective exploitation of R & D

On January 22, the new call for aid for projects of the Retos-Colaboración typology, one of the four programs that make up the 2013-2016 State R + D + i Plan, was published in the BOE.

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The goal of the call Challenges-Collaboration is neither more nor less than financially support the development of projects in cooperation between companies and research organizations, in order to promote the development of new technologies, the business application of new ideas and techniques and contribute to the creation of new products and services.

For this year 2015, the call has a total of 573.9 million euros of funds (with a schedule of 490 million euros for loans and 83.9 million euros for grants), the latter figure representing 40% more than the previous call in the specific case of the subsidy.

The main characteristics of the call are the following:

Minimum budget per project: 500,000 euros.

Duration: The projects must be multi-year, part of the project must be carried out in 2015 and assistance must be requested for the year 2015. As a minimum, they will end on December 31, 2016 and will end on December 31, 2018.

The minimum participation per entity will be 10% of the total budget of the project.

The consortiums will have a minimum 60% business participation and no partner will cover more than 70% of the budget alone.

The loans will be for 10 years, with a 3-year grace period and a fixed interest rate of 0.329% (Euribor one year in the month prior to the publication of the call).