The provisional ranking by countries has been published

The provisional results of the European countries which receive grants through the Framework Programme Horizon 2020 has been published. H2020 is the instrument that manages the funding of technological Research, Development and Innovation activities in Europe. For the period 2014-2020, the programme counts with a budget for grants of 74.828 million euros, from which, for the moment, 1.933,8 million have been obtained by Spanish entities.

This means that Spain obtains a return of 9.8% EU-28, being thus in fourth position in the ranking by countries, considering the total grant received. The first positions are taken by Germany, UK and France.

These provisional results are very positive. The Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial (CDTI), even calls them “magnificent”, since they surpass both the outcome obtained in the whole seventh Framework Programme (8,3% UE-28) and the objectives laid out for the whole H2020 (9,5%).

2.893 R+I+i activities, of the total funded so far, count with participation by Spanish entities and, in almost half of them, the coordinating entity is Spanish. 378 are the projects coordinated by Spanish entities, which makes Spain the first country in led projects (with 15,2% of the total, against 10,7% of the VII Framework Programme).

Distribution of the grants

The main beneficiaries of European grants are companies, with 38,2% of the funding obtained by the country. The rest is divided amongst universities (19,5%), public research centres (11,4%), research associations (11%), technological centres (10%), public administrations (5,8%), associations (4%) and European bodies (0,2%).

The Autonomous Community with a larger with a greater volume of funds so far is Catalonia, with 28,6%, followed by Comunidad de Madrid (25,1%) and, at a certain distance, the Basque country (15,7%).

Regarding the areas or topics, Spain is the country with a highest return in “Innovation in SMEs”, with 17,4% UE-28, and in the social challenge “Climate action, environment,resource efficiency and raw materials”, with 13,9% UE-28. Additionally, it is in second position in , ocupa el segundo puesto en “Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology” and in “Science with and for Society”, with 14,4% and 10,7% UE-28, respectively.


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