Catalonia and Scotland allocate up to 1.5M€ to the promotion of innovation projects between companies in both territories
- Catalonia Trade & Investment and Scottish Enterprise will promote joint projects in areas such as mobility, life sciences and industry 4.0.
- The collaboration also includes the hiring of R+D personnel in both regions, a mission of Catalan companies to Scotland and the participation of Scottish companies in technological events in Barcelona.
- With this agreement, Scotland joins Germany, France, South Korea, Chile and Israel, the countries with which Catalonia Trade & Investment has signed agreements to promote joint innovation and R & D projects.
Catalonia and Scotland will allocate up to 1.5 million euros to promote technological innovation projects between companies in both territories. Catalonia Trade & Investment -the Catalan Government’s agency for business competitiveness- and Scottish Enterprise, the Scottish public agency that supports its business fabric, have agreed to promote this collaboration.
Under the agreement, projects developed during a 2.5-year period in strategic sectors such as mobility, life sciences or industry 4.0, chemistry, food and beverage, energy or design will be eligible for funding. Companies, which may request access to funding until the 10th of October through this link, will be able to work with international partners, thus enabling them to incorporate complementary knowledge to jointly develop new high-value technology products and services that meet the requirements of international markets.
In the case of Catalonia Trade & Investment, the financial support for these projects is part of the Nuclis d’R&D Empresarial Internacionals Program which is aimed at the promotion of business projects between Catalan companies and an international partner -in this case, from Scotland-. In fact, with this agreement, Scotland joins Germany, France, South Korea, Chile and Israel, countries with which Catalonia Trade & Investment has signed agreements to promote joint innovation and R & D projects. These initiatives will be promoted through its network of Foreign Trade and Investment Offices.
More cooperation between Catalonia and Scotland
In addition to promoting joint projects between companies in Catalonia and Scotland, other initiatives will be fostered under the agreement such as the organization of a mission for Catalan companies in the health and life sciences sector to Scotland next February, which focuses on advanced therapies and regenerative medicine. Similarly, a group of Scottish manufacturing companies will travel to Catalonia on the occasion of the IOT Solutions World Congress, which will be held in Barcelona in October.
At the same time, Scotland will also be able to benefit from Catalonia Trade & Investment’s Tecniospring INDUSTRY program, which offers 100% grants to hire experienced R & D personnel for two years. Through this program, Catalan and Scottish companies will be able to incorporate researchers to carry out collaborative projects. In addition, the agreement also promotes the development of projects in the field of innovative public procurement on an international scale between companies in both territories, training initiatives and the organization of conferences to share good practices, in addition to identifying opportunities in the field of technology transfer.
Two innovative ecosystems
The Scottish government has a strategy to promote and disseminate scientific and technological research through a series of instruments for the promotion and funding of R&D that are managed by Scottish Enterprise. The Scottish public agency has supported more than 10,000 companies in their innovation processes. Scotland has 8 innovation centres and the highest concentration of universities in Europe with 19. It is also one of the main destinations for R&D investment projects in the United Kingdom.
The promotion of the relationship between Catalonia and Scotland’s businesses is one of the priorities for of Catalonia Trade & Investment’s Foreign in London, from where different joint initiatives have been coordinated in the field of innovation and technological cooperation. This collaboration is materialized, for example, through the participation of Catalonia and Scotland on the European Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) of the European Commission, of which both Catalonia Trade & Investment and Scottish Enterprise are members and work together in sectorial groups, such as health, the environment, ICT or energy.