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International R&D&i programmes

The largest source of funding for R&D&i at the European level is the R&D&i Framework Programme, which funds interdisciplinary and multi-sector R&D&i projects. It offers a wide range of instruments that allow public-private partnership projects to gain international visibility and financial support. Also, there are other international initiatives such as the PRIMA programme, the LIFE+ programme or INTERREG, which are increasingly innovation-oriented, in which university-business collaboration is essential.

R&D&i Framework Programme

The R&D&i Framework Programme is the instrument for implementing the European Union’s research and innovation policies and is aimed at building the European Research Space (ERA) and improving the competitiveness of the European industry.

The new Horizon Europe framework program (2021–2027) has a new organization grouped into three pillars dedicated to: excellent science, global challenges and European industrial competitiveness and innovative Europe, and has a new structure oriented to ‘Research and Innovation Missions’.

  • Pillar 1 – Excellent Science. This pillar is dedicated to reinforcing and expanding the excellence of the European Union’s scientific base, it includes the European Research Council (ERC), Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and Research Infrastructures.
  • Pillar 2 – Global challenges and European industrial competitiveness. This pillar is dedicated to boost key technologies and solutions to underpin EU policies and the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Pillar 3 – Innovative Europe. Formed by the European Innovation Council (EIC), the European Innovation Ecosystem (EIE) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This pillar is dedicated to scaling European companies with their own EU technology, to better connect national and regional innovation ecosystems and to strengthen knowledge communities (KICs).
  • Research and Innovation Missions. They will be collaborative transdisciplinary projects that will be integrated into the multiannual strategic programs and will have their own part of the Work Program. The areas of special interest for CEIGRAM are those focused on adaptation to climate change and the health of the soil and food.
  • Co-programmed (Contractual public-private) and co-financed partnerships (ERA-NETs, EJP)
  • Institutional partnerships such as the Climate-KIC Platform of the European Institute of Technology (EIT) which is included in Cluster 5. The UPM participates in this platform where it publishes calls highly oriented towards innovation and entrepreneurship in the field of climate change. EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) working to accelerate the transition to a zero carbon economy. With the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, needs are identified and innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change is supported. Through four programs interesting opportunities are presented for universities, companies and society. More information: here

CEIGRAM is supported by the UPM International Projects Office, which coordinates activities to promote participation in European R&D&i projects for companies in the Community of Madrid and also provides guidance on project management once they are granted.


The PRIMA programme (Partnership on Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area) is an initiative that promotes the development of solutions for sustainable management of water systems, agricultural and agri-food chains through public-private collaboration in the area of R&D.

The calls for proposals are organised and managed by the PRIMA Foundation. CDTI offers advice to companies and research groups interested in participating in sections 1 and 2.

Status: closed
Application deadline: Section 1- phase I closes 22/03/2023. Phase II 06/09/2023; Section 2- Phase 1 closes 29/03/2023 and Phase II 13/09/2023.
Objective: Increase research and innovation capacities, develop knowledge and standard innovative solutions for agri-food and water-supply systems in the Mediterranean area. Themes: Water management, Agricultural systems, Agrifood value chain; Water-Ecosystems-Food Nexus.
Type of project: Innovation Actions (IA) and Research and Innovation (RIA) developed by international consortia.
Beneficiaries: university-business-end user consortia
Type of aid/eligible expenses: Section 1 (European funding): In IA projects (Innovation Actions): 100% direct costs for non-profit organisations, 70% direct costs for for-profit organisations. In RIA (Research and Innovation Actions) projects, 100% direct costs. Section 2 (National funding. CDTI ): Minimum budget €175,000 and duration between 12 and 36 months. A loan of 85% of the project budget is offered with a repayment period of 10 to 15 years.

For more information: (call 2023)

LIFE Environment and Climate Action Programme

LIFE is an European Union financial instrument exclusively dedicated to the environment to contribute to sustainable development and the implementation of the European Union’s environmental and climate policies. This programme does not finance research projects but focuses on pilot or demonstration projects of technologies already developed by multi-sector consortia.

For the next period, 2021-2027, the European Commission has proposed a 60% increase in the budget for the LIFE programme. The future LIFE programme proposes 4 sub-programmes: Nature and biodiversity; Circular Economy and Quality of Life; Mitigation and adaptation to climate change, and transition to clean energy. CEIGRAM researchers work in several of these areas and could collaborate with the private sector.

Status: Opening date: 18/04/2023
Application deadline:

  • Nature and biodiversity: September 6, 2023
  • Circular economy and quality of life: September 6, 2023
  • Climate change mitigation and adaptation: September 21, 2023
  • Clean energy transition : November 16, 2023
  • Strategic Integrated project (SIPs y SNPs): Concept notes: September, 5. Complete proposals: March 5, 2024
  • Replication ofTechnical Assistance: July 27, 2023.
  • LIFE Projects for addressing ad hoc Legislative and Policy Priorities (PLP) : September 7, 2023
  • Technical assistance preparation for SIPs and NAPs: September 7, 2023
  • Specific Operating Grant Agreements (SGA OG), on invitation only to LIFE FPA signatories: September, 21, 2023

Objective: To catalyze change in policy development and implementation by providing solutions and best practices to achieve environmental and climate goals and promoting innovative environmental and climate change technologies.
Type of project: Traditional, integrated, technical assistance and preparatory projects of around 1-1.5million euros, 2-5 years duration, close to the market, making it possible to capitalize on results, methodologies, technologies, or protocols obtained research projects. Unlike other European projects, in this case, trans-nationality is not compulsory, although it is valued.
Beneficiaries: Public bodies, private commercial organizations, private non-market organization, including NGOs.
Type of aid/ eligible expenses: The maximum European co-funding varies according to the kind of project and subprogram; as a general rule, it is 55% (exceptions for Nature and Biodiversity area that can reach 75%).
More information: here


INTERREG is a financial instrument for the European Territorial Cooperation that funds R&D projects in health, the environment, research, education, transport, and sustainable energy.

Status: The second call will open from 15 March to 9 June 2023. 
Application deadline: several deadlines depending on the type of INTERREG program.
Objective: To contribute to regional development with co-operation projects in innovation, environment, new information technologies, or sustainable urban development.
Type of project: Transfer/co-operation projects between regions/exchange of best practices, developed by international consortia, of around 1-1.5 million euros and 2-3 years duration.
Beneficiaries: administrations, public bodies, associations, businesses, and SMEs.
Type of aid/eligible expenses: Grant with an intensity of 75% of the total project budget.
More information: here

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