Center of Advanced Fluid Dynamics

1. Retos-Colaboracion projects

Funding entity: Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities — link.

Types of projects: projects with the participation of companies and R&D centers.

Minimum budget: 500.000€, typical 700.000-900.000€.

Duration: 2 to 4 years.

Expenses funded:

  • total expenses of the companies,
  • marginal expenses of R&D centers.

Type of funding: non-refundable/refundable.

Funding intensity: up to 75% of the cost for SMEs and 65% for large companies.

Advantages: Generation of a Binding Motivated Report,which facilitates the deduction of expenses in corporate tax.

Next call: expected for December 2018.

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2. CDTI Research and Development Projects (PID)

Funding entity: Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) — www.cdti.es.

Types of projects: projects with or without participation of R&D centers.

Minimum budget: 175.000€, typical 300.000 - 700.000€.

Duration: 1 to 3 years.

Expenses funded:

  • total expenses of companies,
  • cost of R&D centers subcontracting.

Type of funding: non-refundable/refundable.

Funding intensity: up to 75% of the total cost (85% in some cases).

Advantages:

  • generates a Binding Motivated Report, which facilitates access to the tax deductions,
  • the CDTI provides a contact person for all the project.

Call open all year.

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3. Innotec grants

Funding entity: Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ) — accio.gencat.cat.

Types of projects:

  • individuals, with minimum contracting of 25% to TECNIO technology developers,
  • partnerships between SMEs and accredited public developers TECNIO,
  • individual innovation with minimum contracting of 25% for TECNIO technology developers and accredited industry 4.0 advisors.

Characteristics of the projects: They must be framed in the sectorial areas and the facilitating transversal technologies identified in the RIS3CAT strategy.

Beneficiaries: SMEs with operating site in Catalonia.

Budget: between 25.000 and 150.000€.

Duration: maximum 2 years.

Expenses covered:

  • personnel,
  • external collaborations: approved external developers (TECNIO) and other consultancy and assessment expenses,
  • amortization of equipment and instruments,
  • acquisition or licensing of patents.

Type of funding: non-refundable.

Funding intensity: from 35 to 70% of the budget, depending on the type of project and the size of the company, with 100% of the subcontracting cost of the TECNIO technology developer in the collaborative projects.

Call 2018: the deadline for submission of applications ends on August 9th, 2018.

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4. R​​&D consortiums

Funding entity: Agency for Business Competitiveness (ACCIÓ) — accio.gencat.cat.

Types of projects: for one or more companies, local or international, with or without participation of R&D centers, for projects TRL3 to TRL7.

Minimum budget:

  • 200.000€ — individual local project,
  • 500.000€ — local consortium project,
  • 150.000€ — international consortium project.

Duration: 2 years.

Expenses funded:

  • total expenses of companies,
  • marginal cost of R&D centers.

Type of funding: non-refundable.

Funding intensity: 25 to 50% of the budget.

Call 2018: deadline of submission ends in September 6th, 2018 for Nuclis of R+D Internationals Unilaterals and Bilaterals, and in July, 19th, 2018 for Nuclis of R+D Internacional ERA-net MANUNET III Call 2018.

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5. Tax deductions and bonus for the Social Security fee

Corporate tax deductions:

  • 25% of R&D expenses,
  • 17% of R&D personnel cost (with a minimum dedication of 85%),
  • 8% of R&D fixed assets.

In the case that not all the deduction could be applied, there is a possibility of:

  • applying the deduction in the subsequent 18 years, or
  • monetizing the non-deducted part through the corporate tax.

It is strongly recommended to have the Binding Motivated Report, before applying any deduction.


Bonus to the Social Security fee

Up to 40% of the total company expense in Social Security.

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6. Funding for hiring R&D staff

Industrial Doctorate - Generalitat de Catalunya

Funding of a company research project where the doctoral student does his research training, in collaboration with a university or a research center, and which is the subject of a doctoral thesis.

Call open all year.

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Industrial Doctorate - Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Funding for the PhD realization in companies, through the co-financing of the contract of research personnel in training who participates in an industrial research or experimental development project that is carried out in the company, in which the doctoral thesis will be framed.

Next call: expected for January, 2019.

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Torres Quevedo - Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Funding of a three-year contract for companies to hire PhD personnel to develop industrial research projects, experimental development or viability studies.

Next call: expected for January, 2019.

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Emplea - Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities

Funding for hiring university graduates, Higher Education certificated or similar, for the development of activities in R&D in SMEs, spin-off or young innovative companies.

Closed call.

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Tecnio Spring - ACCIÓ

Funding for companies with operative facilities in Catalonia and for the TECNIO accredited entities, for hiring R&D experimented personnel with the objective of developing 2-year applied research projects.

Call 2018: deadline is August 2nd, 2018. .

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