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Ciencia e innovación

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Key aspects

Structure of the Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation

Basic Principles

   1. The coordination of the policies for RDI of the Public Administrations with the European Union, and with the other sectorial policies, in order to generate the necessary synergies and complementarities. This principle involves, in turn, the co-responsibility of the relevant Administrations and the adoption of shared criteria as regards management, evaluation and, where applicable, the implementation of co-financing models.

   2. The definition of a stable planning framework to enable: (i) structuring of investments and actions in RDI in both public and private sectors and (ii) improvement of the planning of the actions promoted by the Public Administrations, thereby increasing their efficiency.

   3. The application of quality, relevant and social impact criteria; those that are internationally recognised in the allocation of competitive public resources designed to promote RDI activities, both in the evaluation of technical-scientific merits, with assessment by independent international experts, and the evaluation of technological merit. In the latter case, industrial feasibility, market proximity and the economic impact of the results must be taken into account.

   4. Efficiency and accountability in all Public Administration actions linked to the promotion of RDI to foster a stable framework of relations among stakeholders in the medium and long term and to ensure that society is appraised of the results.

   4. The inclusion of the gender perspective in public RDI policies to correct the loss of human capital associated with the uneven distribution of women and their professional development in the areas of scientific and technical research, both in the public and business sectors. This principle involves the inclusion of the gender perspective in the content of scientific, technical and innovation research in order to enrich the creative process and the obtaining of results.

General Objectives

  1. The Recognition and promotion of talent in RDI and its employability. This is aimed at increasing the training capacities in RDI of the System, encouraging job placement and the employability of trained resources, both in the public and business sectors, and facilitating their temporary mobility among the public institutions and between these and the private sector for the implementation of RDI activities.
  2. The Promotion of scientific and technical research of excellence. This aims to promote the generation of knowledge, increase the scientific leadership of the country and its institutions and to encourage the generation of new opportunities which may trigger the future development of highly competitive technological and business capacities.
  3. The Promotion of business leadership in RDI. The objective is to increase the competitiveness of the production network by increasing RDI activities in all areas and, particularly, in those sectors which are strategic for growth and the creation of jobs in the Spanish economy and the Autonomous Regions.
  4. The Promotion of RDI activities aimed at addressing global societal challenges, and in particular at those affecting the Spanish society. This objective addresses the need to encourage the scientific and innovative potential of the country towards areas which respond to the numerous problems faced by our society and which require major effort as regards RDI. These challenges, given their nature and complexity, require that the generation of new knowledge be combined with its application to technologies, products and services that may in the future contribute to the scientific, technological and business leadership of the country.


Priority lines

  1. The creation of a favourable environment to enable the development of RDI activities and a flexible and efficient framework adapted to the needs of the stakeholders, in the area of both public and business R&D.
  2.  Specialisation and aggregation in the generation of knowledge and talent to lead to the scientific and technological specialisation of the stakeholders in the System, including institutions, centres, companies, groups and human resources. In addition, the aggregation of capacities, together with the scientific and technical specialisation of the implementing stakeholders, allows the strengths and potential for excellence of each of the stakeholders in the System to be identified and leveraged and the critical mass required for international leadership to be attained.
  3.   The stimulation of the Transfer and management of knowledge in open and flexible RDI collaboration environments in which interaction, the diffusion of ideas and the adoption of shared models and objectives favour the development of new ideas and encourages their transfer to new commercial and non-commercial applications, thereby improving the results obtained.
  4.   Support of for the Internationalisation and promotion of the International leadership of the Spanish Science, Technology and Innovation System, as this is an evident competitiveness and differentiation factor that it is essential to promote.
  5.   The creation of a highly competitive regional framework based on Smart regional specialisation to provide the backbone in the different Autonomous Regions to the social and economic development that requires convergence based on the capacities of the existing production network, the scientific potential of the stakeholders and the boost to innovation as a driver of change and progress.
  6.   The diffusion of a Scientific, innovative and entrepreneurial culture, one that pervades society, fosters creativity and achieves a greater degree of social and institutional acceptance of the endeavour.

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