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Periodic Report Summary 2 - TECNIOSPRING (ACC10 programme to foster mobility of researchers with a focus in applied research and technology transfer)

TECNIOspring is a fellowship programme managed by ACCIÓ, the public agency for the innovation and internationalisation of Catalan companies, attached to the Ministry of Business and Knowledge of the Government of Catalonia.

TECNIOspring is addressed to highly talented and motivated experienced researchers, to give them the opportunity to develop their research career in their area of interest, with focus on technology transfer. It includes two mobility schemes:
• Outgoing + return: mobility outside Spain for experienced researchers of any nationality willing to go abroad and join a research or technology centre or R&D department of a private company for one year. This scheme includes a return phase of one more year to a research and development or technological centre in Catalonia belonging to the TECNIO network.
• Incoming: mobility for experienced researchers of any nationality, non-residents in Spain, willing to join a research and development or technological centre in Catalonia belonging to the TECNIO network for two years.

Candidates submit their applications in liaison with the TECNIO centre of their choice. Fellowships will establish a personal development career plan including research and training activities on technology transfer and complementary soft skills. Fellows should develop a research project with focus on technology transfer and work under a scientific supervisor in a stimulating and multidisciplinary scientific environment.

TECNIO is the network of Catalan major actors in applied research and technology transfer. Created and managed by ACCIÓ, it is made up of 65 centres covering all sectors defined by the Smart Specialization Strategy of Catalonia (RIS3CAT) for the period 2014-2020: Food industries; industrial systems; sustainable mobility; chemical, energy and natural resources; design-based industries; health industries; experienced-based industries.

TECNIOspring has launched 4 call for proposals between 2013 and 2015, funding 63 fellowships that will go on until March 2018. TECNIOspring will be continued by TECNIOspring PLUS programme, whose first call was already launched in November 2016. With this new programme, ACCIÓ aims at consolidating the success of TECNIOspring, enlarging the programme with fellowships at companies as well as research centres and offering improved training opportunities for fellows in the area of technology transfer.

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