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Spain 2014-014-2020: Study on research and innovation support to enterprises

The main objective of the study is to provide background information for the preparation of the 2014-2020 interventions in the field of research and innovation in Spain. The study makes the following recommendations:

  1. Segmentation according to the different profiles of companies in the national and regional innovation plans;
  2. New indicators for innovation are required;
  3. Smart Specialisation: analyses of competitive technologies at Spanish level must carried out before designing new strategies;
  4. Interventions should include the role of the Spanish General Administration and its responsibility in the coordination of innovation systems;
  5. Administrative burden should be reduced;
  6. Interventions addressing training activities on how to evaluate and give value to innovation instruments should be addressed;
  7. A single ranking on technological centres in Spain should be published;
  8. Take into consideration real private sector requirements (including short term and regional requirements);
  9. Public Call for Proposals should avoid direct competition between technological enterprises and technological centres.

Read the executive summary (EN) and the full study (ES)

Source: European Commission

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