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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.

  • Pillar 2 – Industrial Leadership. Collaborative Research and Innovation projects with a clear focus on industrial leadership and applied research.
  • Pillar 3 – Social challenges, in particular social challenges 2 and 5 in the H2020 programme. Projects with a focus on the societal challenges with activities ranging from research to market.
  • Joint-Programming (cPPP, iPPP)
  • Climate KIC platform of the European Institute of Technology (EIT). The UPM  participates in this platform where calls for proposals are published that are highly innovative and entrepreneurship-oriented in the area of climate change. EIT Climate-KIC is a Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) working to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free economy. With the support of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, it identifies needs and supports innovation that helps society mitigate and adapt to climate change. Four programmes present exciting opportunities 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. More information


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: open
Application deadline: Section 1- phase I closes 15/03/2022. Phase II 06/09/2022; Section 2- Phase 1 closes 22/03/2022 and Phase II 17/06/2022
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 (minimum of three countries from the participating states).
Beneficiaries: university-business-end user consortia
Type of aid/eligible expenses: subsidy under H2020 regulations for proposals in PRIMA Section 1; subsidy for research groups in PRIMA Section 2 proposals managed by AEI-MICIU; partially refundable aid for companies with CDTI regulations for proposals in PRIMA Section 2 managed by CDTI. For more information: here (call 2022)

LIFE Environment and Climate Action Programme

LIFE is a 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: forthcoming opening (17/05/2022)
Application deadline: Autumn 2022
Objective: To catalyse 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, lasting 2-5 years, close to the market, making it possible to capitalise on results, methodologies, technologies, or protocols obtained research projects. Unlike other European projects, in this case, transnationality is not compulsory, although it is valued.
Beneficiaries: public bodies, private commercial organisations, private non-market organisation, including NGOs.
Type of aid/ eligible expenses: The maximum European co-funding varies according to the kind of project and subprogramme; 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: forthcoming opening (January 2022)
Application deadline: several deadlines depending on the type of INTERREG programme.
Objective: To contribute to regional development with co-operation projects in innovation, environment, new information technologies, or sustainable urban development.
Type of project: Transfer projects/co-operation between regions/exchange of best practices, developed by international consortia, of around 1-1.5 million euros and a duration of 2-3 years.
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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