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Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism earmarks 533 million euros for innovative technology projects

Following publication of the resolution from the State Secretary for Telecommunications and the Information Society in the Official State Gazette, the application period for requesting financial aid for projects within the framework of the Telecommunications and Information Society Strategic Action Line of the National Scientific Research, Development and Technological Innovation Plan under the R&D Competitiveness sub-programme began on Friday.

The initiatives eligible for financial aid through this announcement must be carried out at a European level, in line with the “European Digital Agenda” and priority will be given to lines of action aimed at the competitiveness of SMEs; Smart Cities and e-government; interoperable and borderless content and services in a mobile environment, promoting the incorporation of such priority technologies as Cloud Computing; security and confidence systems for the user and Apps.

The current budget situation demands maximum efficiency in the use of public resources. With that in mind, this call for financial aid applications is focused on helping projects that are close to being released into the market and that could increase the competitiveness of the Spanish ITC industry. The programme being launched on Friday relates to R&D Competitiveness. The Training Subsidy Programme will be published at the end of June.

Budget and method of payment

The maximum amount of the financial aid for 2012 is 48 million euros in grants and 485.5 million euros in loans.

In order to facilitate access to these funds, payment of the financial aid (both grants and loans) will be carried out in full and in advance, regardless of whether the project will be carried out over the course of one or several years. Said payment will require the presentation of guarantees equivalent to 35% of the amount of the loan to be granted.

The financial aid to be paid out as grants will amount to at least 9.5% of the budget and those amounts paid out as loans will be subject to a 3.95% interest rate to be paid back over seven years and including a three-year interest-free period. The period for the presentation of projects begins on 8 June and will end on 5 July.

Themes

The following themes are being considered:

a) The Internet of the Future

1. Advanced radio interfaces, mobility and ultra-fast networks.
2. Integrated services for advanced connectivity and ubiquity focused on the user, especially those based on Cloud Computing technology.
3. Broadband infrastructure technology solutions that enable adequate capability to be offered at competitive prices.
Technologies for the Smart City: a sectoral approach to the Internet of the Future. Technologies for the transmission of data, landline and wireless networks. Transition to IPv6 for promoting the Internet and M2M technologies (machine-to-machine communication).

b) Systems and Devices

1. Devices based on environmental intelligence, digital homes and smart spaces. Narrow band sensor networks.
2. Content generation platforms and high-definition services that enable access from multiple devices.
3. Systems and platforms based on new business models for the distribution of content and services.
4. Applications for mobile services, especially based on Cloud Computing technologies.
5. Systems and devices for industry. Consumer electronics, electronic components and professional electronics. Power electronics. Microsystems and Nanosystems

c) ICT Solutions for companies

1. ICT solutions adapted to the needs of the various business sectors that foster increased competitiveness in companies and in the value chain.
2. General use solutions supported on Cloud Computing technology that provides services to companies, especially SMEs.
3. Solutions involving new e-business products based on software as a service and on ubiquity, that improve the strategic business processes of companies and are especially aimed at SMEs.
4. Solutions to help make business decisions.

d) Security

1. Tools, devices and logic security systems aimed at the protection of users when using applications and services from the information society, especially through the use of the electronic DNI.
2. Technologies for the Smart City: road safety and public safety.
3. Security and privacy for technologies based on Cloud Computing and for virtualised environments.

e) Health and Social Welfare

1. Systems and tools aimed at users supported on Cloud Computing technologies, among others, that facilitate e-inclusion and the wellbeing of people.
2. Healthcare and emergency assistance solutions related to remote healthcare, remote control and remote monitoring, such as services for the Smart City.

f) Public Administration

1. Integrated solutions that improve organisation processes, reduce administrative burdens and foster sustainable economics in public administration services, supported on Cloud Computing technologies.
2. Systems and services in mobile environments for their application in Smart Cities aimed at users.
3. Tools and solutions supported on Cloud Computing for application to Smart Cities aimed at, among other things, improving the smart and sustainable management of urban environments.
4. Technologies for the Smart City: data storage and analysis technologies.

Source: LaMoncloa.gob.es

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