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Tuesday, 02 March 2021

The ICN2 is involved in 3 programmes suggested by the Catalan Government to access the Next Generation EU funds

The Secretariat of Universities and Research of the Department of Business and Knowledge has submitted to the Spanish government a proposal for 120 million Euros, of which the Catalan government could co-finance over 59 million Euros. The programs, led by agents of the Catalan knowledge system, are in quantum communication, energy and green hydrogen, agri-food, biodiversity, astrophysics, marine sciences, advanced materials and biotechnology applied to health.

The Department of Business and Knowledge, through the Secretariat of Universities and Research, has submitted a total of eight research programmes to the complementary R+D+i plans of the Ministry of Science and Innovation (MCIN) to the European Next Generation EU funds. The programmes, presented and led by agents of the Catalan knowledge system, total a budget of 119.94 million euros, 59.38 of which could be co-financed by the Government of Catalonia, depending on the agreements reached in the upcoming negotiation process.

The proposals presented by the Government in the field of R+D+i are in the areas of quantum communication, energy and green hydrogen, agriculture and food, biodiversity, astrophysics, marine sciences, advanced materials and biotechnology applied to health. Each program responds to one of the twenty areas of interest defined by the Ministry of Science and Innovation in the state plan for Recovery and Resilience to qualify for the Next Generation EU funds.

ICN2 participates in three of the proposed initiatives:

  • Towards a European Quantum Internet
  • In-situ correlative installation for advanced energy materials (In-CAEM)
  • Programme to promote the screening of new pharmaceuticals and their selective and controlled release systems

The other projects are:

  • Promotion of green hydrogen and renewable energy for industrial and mobility uses in Catalonia.
  • Alternative protein sources and improved resilience and sustainability of agriculture and livestock in the face of climate change.
  • Study, conservation, recovery and valorization of biodiversity 2021-2023
  • Advanced technologies for the exploration of the universe
  • Integral program for an intelligent, integrated and resilient management for a blue environment adapted to climate change.

Information via: https://govern.cat