PUBLIC and private investigation bodies and the University of Almeria are set to benefit from more than €2.3 in Andalucia government funding for research and development in the province.
The financing corresponds to three periods for applying for funds in the 2017 and 2018 financial years, which the Junta de Andalucia has reactivated.
The three lines of subsidies are orientated to financing the transfer of knowledge between universities and public investigative organism and the regional productive sector, but also at improving R&D infrastructure and equipment.
The Junta has allocated just short of €510,000 to the University of Almeria. Of this, €148,784 corresponds to the transfer of knowledge and €363,385 to infrastructure.
In addition, the CEIA3 Agro-Food International Excellence Campus, in which the university participates, will receive €127,574.
Also in the public sector, among the dozen regional institutes dependent on the CSIC Upper Council of Scientific Investigations, Almeria’a EEZA Arid Zones Experimental Station gets nearly €86,000.
The Hispano German Astronomical Centre at the Calar Alto Observatory has been allocated slightly over €176,000 to upgrade investigation infrastructure.
In the private sector, the Tecnova Agriculture Auxiliary Industry Technological Centre gets a €1.2 million share of the funding pie. The COEXPHAL Almeria Fruit and Vegetable Producers Organisations Associations gets nearly €312,000 in assistance.
The Junta R&D funding adds up to more than €37 million for the whole of Andalucia, benefitting around 50 public and private entities in all.
In terms of infrastructure the subsidies have been allocated for expenses including the acquisition of IT equipment and software and advanced scientific and technological instruments.
Where funding for the transfer of knowledge is concerned, the idea is that universities and public investigation organisms can benefit Andalucia’s productive sector. Among the kind of projects the Junta supports are those aimed at developing protoypes, testing, promoting and marketing technology, protecting intellectual property and market studies to identify potential business partners.
There are also incentives for developing relationships between investigation groups and companies and for organising and taking part in congresses, fairs and specialist forums.