800 million euros to finance business R+D+i projects

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The Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) has been authorized to call loans for the financing of R + D + i business projects, for an amount of 800 million euros for this year, guaranteeing the application of the new non-reimbursable tranches .

The CDTI articulates these aids through its different actions, among which the Innovation Line stands out, whose objective is to facilitate the innovation and technological modernization of the companies; the NEOTEC program, which promotes the recently created technology-based companies; INNTERCONECTA, which promotes innovation in less developed regions; the CIEN program, which promotes public-private collaboration, and various instruments with the purpose of encouraging technological cooperation at the international level.

Most of the financing approved for the CDTI is loans, which may include a non-reimbursable tranche of between 5% and 33% of the aid, depending on the characteristics of the project and the type of beneficiary (SME or large company). ), and will be conditioned, in any case, to the effective execution of the project and to the satisfactory fulfillment of the rest of the conditions.

Thus, the CDTI plans to finance around 1,650 projects between one and four calendar years in duration, with a minimum budget of 175,000 euros per company that can be co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the so-called "Plurirregional Operational Program of Spain 2014-2020" or of the Maritime and Fisheries Policy Fund of the EU 2014-2020, through the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (FEMP).

These loans will be granted through the following lines:

  • R+D+i projects: applied business projects for the creation and significant improvement of a process, product or service.
  • CDTI innovation lines: designed to facilitate innovation and technological modernization of Spanish companies and increase their competitiveness and international expansion.
  • Aid to consortiums of national business research (CIEN): whose objective is the promotion of research led by companies and carried out in public-private collaboration.


SMEs and large companies that carry out research and business development projects of an applied nature for the creation or significant improvement of a production process, product or service, in cooperation or individually.

Characteristics of the aids:

Intensity of aid: up to 85% of the project budget.
Minimum fundable budget: around € 175,000 per company.
With a refundable and non-refundable tranche that can reach up to 33% of the approved aid.
Duration: between 1 and 4 calendar years.