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Science, Technology and Innovation Plan - PCTI EUSKADI 2020

Policy Document
Plan de Ciencia, Tecnología e Innovación PCTI EUSKADI 2020 - Una estrategia de especialización inteligente – RIS3
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The science, technology and innovation plan 2015 was defined to revitalise sustainable economic growth, employment and well-being of the Basque Country by boosting science, technology and innovation activities based on the smart specialisation and the efficiency of the Science, Technology and Innovation System. It is framed under two other strategies and plans: the Europe 2020 Strategy and the RIS3 strategy. The plan foresees a public-private investment of €11.1m between 2014 and 2020. A third part will come from public sources and the rest will come from private sources, mainly from firms and for the development of R&D projects.
The strategic lines are deployed in six goals:

  • To Focus the R & D resources and investments in the areas of specialisation: an increase from 76% to 82% of research aligned with the strategic priorities in the RIS3;
  • To strengthen basic research and experimental development: an increase of the R&D&i mix as follows - 15% basic investment; 30% of industrial investment; and 55% for experimental development (in 2012 the ratio was 14/47/39);
  • To orient the Science, Technology and Innovation System to specific results: increasing from 4,500 to 7,500 indexed scientific publications; an increase from 340 to 500 patent applications; and increasing the percentage of sales of new products over the turnover from 12.48% to 15%;
  • To strengthen the attraction of R&D international funding from the 5% registered to 8% in 2020;
  • To increase the number of companies that innovate: from 45.5% to 50% of innovative companies with more than 10 employees; and
  • To improve the skills of research staff: to increase the percentage of researchers with doctorate from 29% to 35%.

The Science, Technology and Innovation Plan – PCTI Euskadi 2020 is the result of a participatory process in which the interdepartmental collaboration of the Basque Government and the participation of the agents represented in the Basque Council of Science, Technology and Innovation has been a key issue (provincial councils, the three Basque universities, Tecnalia and IK4 Research Alliance, business representatives, Jakiunde, and Innobasque Ikerbasque). It has also received contributions from experts in science, innovation and research at the European level.

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