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Project Context and Objectives:
The Institute of Biomedical Research of Ourense-Pontevedra-Vigo (Spanish acronym IBI) has the goal of promoting basic, applied and translational research in the biomedical field. The main objective of the BIOCAPS project is to strengthen a national Institute of Excellence in Biomedical Research bringing together the needs of the health service and the scientific and technological offers, tackling the challenges of the society through biomedical research and innovation. All activities were directed to this goal and to increase the critical mass and lines of research through the incorporation of senior scientists and equipment, collaborations with the leading research centers of Europe, and to develop technology transfer activities. The expected impacts of the BIOCAPS project are: the increase of the quality and quantity of the research developed in the IBI, a closer interaction between basic and applied researchers, and more innovation (patents licenced, protocols, etc.). IBI has became a dynamic actor of the European Research Area (ERA), by creating a focused research core in a region that is considered0 highly strategic due to its socio-economic conditions.

Project Results:
Short summary of the work performed during the project (February 2013 - January 2016).
Work Package 1. Management and Coordination.
The Kick-off meeting was hold on February 2013.
The Steering Committee was officially stablished on M1. Three meetings took place.
The Coordinator, WP leaders an Project Manager worked together in order to carrying out the Executive Committee meetings. Nine meetings took place during these months.
The PM prepared the common templates for the meetings, the application forms for different calls and the templates of deliverables. Also wrote the Quality Policy document, previously discussed and approved by the Ex Co.
The PM, with the collaboration of RACs, updated every 6 months the project Handbook.
A database was created and updated periodically.
Self-evaluation was completed in M18 and M36.
We submitted nine deliverables of WP1.
Work Package 2. Recruitment of experienced researchers and managers.
Seven senior researchers, one technician, one project manager and one technology transfer manager, were recruited as planned in the project. Additionally, with the consent of the project officer and the European Commission, two new positions were offered in June 2015 in order to boost the project. One Community Manager and a Project Management Assistant were recruited on June 2015.
This WP has been extended and it will finish on May 2016. The European Commission ratified this action though the acceptance of the amendment submitted on January 2016.
Two deliverables referring this WP were submitted.
Work Package 3. Twinning activities and Acquisition of research equipment.
The acquisition and installation of equipment was completed during the first year of the project.
The staff of the Institute carried out twenty-four twinning activities classified into: two incoming visits, sixteen short stays and six long stays.
During these three years were held twenty Scientific Seminars, three IBI Annual Workshops and four specific seminars about the acquired equipment.
The PM, coordinator and other staff attended to specific info days concerning H2020 calls.
We submitted nine deliverables of WP3.
Work Package 4. Technology Transfer and Innovation Capacity Building.
The milestones stablished for this WP were fully accomplished:
The Technology Transfer manager was recruited.
The benchmarking documents were written.
The Technology Transfer model the IPR and Innovation strategy were approved and are working properly.
It was created a Spin-off policy and a Framework for the collaboration between public and private sector.
Eight specific seminars in Tech transfer and IP protection were organized.
Twelve patents were managed in the framework of the project. Seven of them were awarded.
Thirteen deliverables of this WP were submitted.
This WP has been also extended and it will finish on May 2016.
Work Package 5. Dissemination and promotional activities.
The Communication Plan was designed and wrote in M3.
The webpage of the project was created at the beginning of the project and nowadays continues running properly. It contains updated information and the links to our social networks, such us: Youtube, Flickr, Facebook and Twitter.
A scientific journalist wrote two news per month with the aim of promoting the Institute and project. Also our Social networks were managed by specific professionals.
Thirty-two members of the Institute attended to different International/National seminars and workshops in order to increase the visibility of the Institute.
Several publications in specialized and top-ranked magazines/journals were, partially or totally, supported by the project.
IBI researchers generated around 515 scientific publications. The impact in media was of 599 hits.
Final Conference was organized (16/01/2016)
Researchers from the University of Vigo organized three Open-door conferences inviting different High Schools. And four “International days of..” were also organized.
We submitted seven deliverables of WP5.
Work Package 6. Ex-post Evaluation.
The new officer, Mr. Telemachou, suggested the Evaluators for the Ex-post Evaluation. The committee is composed by: Prof. Ruth Sepper, Mr. Costas Iacovou, Dr. Miguel Oliveira, Dr. Judith Schaefer.
They will visit Vigo two times (April and June). It is planned that they meet with the Executive Committee on April and with the Steering Committee on June.

Potential Impact:
The expected results of the Project and the potential impacts are the following: the increase of the quality and quantity of the research developed by the Institute, a closer interaction between basic and applied researchers, and an increase of innovation activity (licensed patents, protocols, etc). It is expected that IBI becomes a dynamic actor of the European Research Area (ERA), by creating a focused research core in a region that is considered highly strategic due to its socio-economic conditions.
Dealing with this, there have been achieved the following main results and impacts:
Increase of collaborations between clinical and basic groups
Higher visibility of the research led by the Institute’s groups
Increase of the scientific output of the Institute
Increase in the approach of biomedical education to the society
Approaches between companies and research groups
Innovation activities: increase of number of patents, new Innovation policies, etc.
Increase of application to European Calls
Higher number of leadership and coordination of project proposals
Development of multidisciplinary groups (including foreign groups)
Inviting international and national speakers and researchers in order to update the staff’s knowledge
Attending to different workshops/seminars in order to show the high quality of our researchers/clinicians
Carrying out several twinning activities in foreign centers

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Anxo Moreira González, (Project Manager)
Tel.: +34 986 812052
Record Number: 189168 / Last updated on: 2016-09-20