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Programme funding

EUR 44 million
The final goals of the programme are to promote the generation of scientific and tecnological knowledge that contribute to the devopment of productive system, to improve industrial competitivity and the efficiency of services and public administration, to stimulate the interaction and the transfer of knowledge and technology from public research centrers and universities to the industry and to promote multidisciplinary collaborations and the coordination of research groups.


The new Ministry for Science and Technology (born in 2000) brings together units and directorates for Research and Innovation management that previously were in five different Ministries (Industry, Education, Public Works, Agriculture and Environment). Also, five Public Centres of Research, formerly depending from different sectorial ministries are also given the same dependence (CSIC, CIEMAT, INIA, IGME, IEO).

There is a national specific programme on materials within the IV I+D National Plan (2000-2003). The materials national programme is managed by the Ministry for Science and Technology. The materials National Programme funds about 44 Meuro per year in projects.


The programme technological priorities are:
_ development of new materials (design of new materials, synthesis, caracterization of materials, material properties improvements); technologies for material production; new use of materials); certification of materials and recycling and re-use of materials.These priorities areas referred to the following prioritized materials:
_Structural materials ( electronic materials, materials for electric use, glass materials);
_Other materials and applications (biomedics, catalist, intelligent materials, wood and related materials).


The main instruments to implement the program are the R+D+I projects. There are two major types of projects: projects carried out by Universities and non profit Resarch Institutions and projects carried out by companies. There is one call per year, usually in November.

The evaluation procedure is made by la Agencia Nacional de Evaluacion y prospectiva (ANEP).
The evaluation process has two phases: an external one and an internal in the orgasization responsible for the call.
The external phase is a peer review process caried out by ANEP. This agency sends each project to two experts for anonymous review. The experts evaluate the scientific and technical quality of the proposal mainly. The second part of the evaluation is carried out by a panel composed of experts (most of them are external). The panel takes into account the previous evaluation and other factors such as number of projects to be funded in each project, the strategic value of proposals, etc.
The selection of proposals is made at this panel. In the case of the Innovation projects, the evaluation is carried out by a panel coordinated by the CDTI.


Multifunctional materials
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