Spain has received more than 3,600 million euros in subsidies for research and innovation activities financed by the EU’s Horizon 2020, the European Union’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
In response to a battery of parliamentary questions from the People’s Group in Congress, the acting Government assured that, in 2018 alone, Spanish entities obtained subsidies amounting to 807.3 million euros, which meant a return of 10 percent of the 28 and placed Spain in fourth position in the ranking of countries by funding raised in that year.
Likewise, in the Horizon 2020 (H2020) calls awarded between 2014 and 2018, Spanish entities obtained a subsidy of 3,638.1 million euros to carry out research and innovation activities, which meant a return of 10 percent of the total EU and places Spain in fourth position, only behind Germany, the United Kingdom and France.
Horizon 2020 is the EU’s framework programme for funding research and innovation projects in various thematic areas in the European context. For the period 2014-2020, the available budget is 76,880 million euros.
According to the Government in office in its parliamentary response, in the first five years of the current Programme (2014-2018), and with two years to go until Horizon 2020, Spanish entities have surpassed the subsidies obtained throughout the period of validity of the VII Framework Programme (FP) of 2007-2013, when they reached 3,397 million euros.
These figures have allowed Spain to move up from sixth to fourth position, after displacing the Netherlands and Italy. In addition, this means going from a return of 8.3 percent to 10 percent of the total of the 28 EU countries, surpassing the target of 9.5 percent set by the Government for the entire H2020 programme.
As far as Spanish participation is concerned, Horizon 2020 has had more than 9,400 entities from our country, a figure that is higher than the entire VII Framework Programme. In addition, one out of every four proposals that have obtained funding from Horizon 2020 has Spanish entities (a total of 5,297), thanks to which Spain has become the third country in the number of activities financed. In terms of leadership, Spain is the first country in the number of coordinated collaboration projects, with 699, accounting for 15.8% of the total.