Last November the 16th, CDTI celebrated at Valladolid the 9th edition of the national conference about Framework Program about Researching and Innovation of the European Union. More than 450 stakeholders reunited to analyze the progress of Horizon 2020 during its first years.
The meeting was organized by CDTI and the Economy, Industry and Competitiveness Ministry with the collaboration of Castile and Leon Agency for Innovation, Financing and Business Internationalization (ADE) and the European Commission (CE), and took place at Miguel Delibes Cultural Center with the title “Fomentando la innovacion, impulsando el conocimiento”.
The meeting allowed the analysis of the progress of Horizon 2020, the current Framework program for Researching and Innovation (2014 – 2020), in its early years with the objective to extract conclusions about the difficulties found out by the Spanish participants and to detect possible points for improvement.
Opening session was carried out by Maria Luisa Poncela, by that moment General Secretary of Science and Innovation and president of CDTI, accompanied by Pilar del Olmo, counselor of Economy and Treasury of Castile and Leon Regional Government. Main session was in charge of Octavi Quintana, main adviser of General Office of European Commission and Soledad Cabezon member of the European Parliament, ITRE Committee, which analyzed the current state of the Horizon 2020 Framework Program and its future.
Subsequently, the morning plenary session was devoted to the mid-term review of Horizon 2020 (H2020) with two roundtables discussing funding models, simplifying procedures for FP7, designing open access for new entrants, the functioning and opening up of public-private partnerships (PPPs), as well as new innovation-oriented financing instruments such as rapid access to innovation and the SME instrument.
During the afternoon plenary session, “The role of Spain in the European Research Area” was approached from two different perspectives, which were analyzed through two round tables. The first of them served to reflect on what could or should be the strategic approach of Spain in the face of what remains of H2020 and the European R&D&I Programs that are put in place once this one ends. In the second, public and private entities shared their approach to participation in national and European programs as part of their R&D&I strategy.
The Conference was closed by the Director General of the CDTI, Francisco Marín, who highlighted the magnificent results achieved by the Spanish entities in H2020, which so far have obtained 1,563.7 million euros, representing a 10% EU-28 and the 4th position for Spain.
The conclusions of the Conference will serve as a basis for developing the Spanish position in the context of the Mid-Term Review of H2020 being carried out. As well as to take the first steps towards the newt Framework Program.
Presentations used during the sessions and roundtables are available: