The Directorate general for competitiveness, industry and services (DGCIS) reports to the Minister for industrial renewal and the Minister for craft industries, trade and tourism. It aims at developing competitiveness for industry and services, as a driving force for jobs. It improves the business environment for all firms, from very small businesses all the way up to major groups. In the frame of the Europe 2020 strategy, it stimulates innovation and R&D. It promotes cooperation between firms, especially SMEs, and public research, in particular through the competitiveness clusters national policy and the European initiative Eureka. It supports the development of digital economy and ICTs, which drives growth and competitiveness. It underpins the renewal of the fabric of businesses with suitable resources to power up business start-ups, transfers and takeovers. It proposes and implements financial and legal measures to encourage business start-ups and growth, especially for SMEs and mid-sized firms in industry, tourism, trade, self-employed professions, craft sector, business and personal services, and electronic communications. It encourages businesses to embrace sustainable development. Its recommendations are based on studies and close monitoring of the main economic sectors, its participation in the work of the European Union and observation of international best practices. It works with business representatives – professional organisations, chambers of commerce and industry, and small business support networks – to build shared analyses of the business climate in the different sectors and industries.
The information and communication technologies department
The department is briefed to hone the competitiveness of information and communication technologies (ICT) sector and ICT user sectors.
- Helps to draft national, European and international regulations for the telecommunications sector, prioritising the development of fixed and mobile high-speed broadband,
- Supports industrial R&D and innovation in ICTs (cluster-based R&D projects, National Digital Society Fund calls for projects, Eureka clusters, etc.),
- Encourages the spread of ICTs in businesses and the economy in general with the ICT & SME programmes, the Captronic programme and the Digital Transition programme.
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI)
The State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation SERI within the Federal Department of Economic Affairs, Education and Research EAER is the Swiss federal government’s specialised agency for national and international matters concerning education, research and innovation policy.
The SERI has 250 members of staff and controls an annual budget of around CHF 4 billion. The head of the SERI is State Secretary Mauro Dell’Ambrogio.
Tekes – the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation
- Tekes is the most important publicly funded expert organisation for financing research, development and innovation in Finland.
- Tekes boosts wide-ranging innovation activities in research communities, industry and service sectors.
A broad-based view on innovation
- Tekes promotes a broad-based view on innovation: besides funding technological breakthroughs, Tekes emphasises the significance of service-related, design, business, and social innovations.
Funding for challenging R&D and business development
- Tekes works with the top innovative companies and research units in Finland. Every year, Tekes finances some 1,500 business research and development projects, and almost 600 public research projects at universities, research institutes and polytechnics.
- Research, development and innovation funding is targeted to
- projects that create in the long-term the greatest benefits for the
- economy and society. Tekes does not derive any financial profit from its activities, nor claim any intellectual proprietary rights.
- Budget: 600 million euros annually
- Personnel: 360 in Finland and abroad
- Public agency under the Ministry of Employment and the Economy
The Centre for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI)
The CDTI is a Public Business Entity, answering to the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, which fosters the technological development and innovation of Spanish companies. It is the entity that channels the funding and support applications for national and international R&D&i projects of Spanish companies. The CDTI thus seeks to contribute to improving the technological level of the Spanish companies by means of implementing the following activities:
- Financial and economic-technical assessment of R&D projects implemented by companies.
- Managing and fostering Spanish participation in international technological cooperation programmes.
- Fostering international business technology transfer and support services for technological innovation.
- Supporting the setting up and consolidating technological companies.
The CDTI employs over 300 people, three quarters of whom are engineers and graduates. Even though the bulk of the CDTI infrastructure is in Madrid, the Centre offers Spanish companies a strategic network of offices or representatives abroad (Japan -SBTO (Spain Business and Technology Office)-, Belgium -SOST (Spain Office of Science and Technology) and the Eureka Permanent Secretariat -, Brazil -FINEP (Study and Project Funder)-, Korea, Chile, Morocco, China, India, Mexico and the USA) to support their international technology activities.
The Centre is governed by private law in its relations with third parties. This means that it can offer companies user-friendly and flexible support services for the implementation of R&D business projects, international exploitation of technologies developed by the company and to submit bids for industrial-technological supplies to scientific and technology organisations.
Therefore, the CDTI provides companies with its own funding and facilities access to third-party financing (Bank Line for Funding Technological Innovation and Subsidies of the EU R&D Framework Programme) for national and international research and development projects.
It likewise helps the company to internationally exploit technologies that it has developed, and therefore provides funding for technological promotion and innovation projects and technology transfer, its foreign network and multilateral (Eureka and Iberoeka) and bilateral cooperation projects with Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, India and South Africa.
In addition, the CDTI is empowered as the competent entity to issue binding motivated reports of the projects funded by any of its lines (Royal Decree 2/2007). These documents will provide greater legal security to Spanish companies with an approved project and funded by the CDTI when seeking tax rebates for costs incurred in the R&D activities of those projects.
Finally, the CDTI manages and helps Spanish companies to obtain high-technology industrial contracts generated by different national and European organisations, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the European Laboratory for Particle Physics (CERN), the European Synchrotron (ESRF), Hispasat and Eumetsat.
CDTI Mission, Vision and Values
The mission of CDTI is to succeed in stimulating the Spanish Business World into generating and transforming the scientific-technical knowledge in sustainable growth and become globally competitive through:
- Expert guidance, evaluation and financial support for businesses and innovating entrepreneurs.
- The management, promotion and defence of national interests in the national and international R&D&I forums and programmes.
- Boosting of legal and socioeconomic changes that may help technological innovation.
The vision of CDTI is: “To be the Spanish public referent for all entities involved in research, technological development and entrepreneurial innovation”.
The values that characterize CDTI activities are:
- Vocational service
- Procedural objectivity
- Confidentiality of information
- Efficiency, flexibility and agility
- Hands-on assistance
- A vision of the future, adaptation to the current environment and anticipation
- Initiative and the will for self-improvement
TÜBİTAK – The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey
TÜBİTAK is the leading agency for management, funding and conduct of research in Turkey. It was established in 1963 with a mission to advance science and technology, conduct research and support Turkish researchers. The Council is an autonomous institution and is governed by a Scientific Board whose members are selected from prominent scholars from universities, industry and research institutions.
TÜBİTAK is responsible for promoting, developing, organizing, conducting and coordinating research and development in line with national targets and priorities.
TÜBİTAK acts as an advisory agency to the Turkish Government on science and research issues, and is the secretariat of the Supreme Council for Science and Technology (SCST), the highest S&T policy making body in Turkey.
Setting its vision as to be an innovative, guiding, participating and cooperating institution in the fields of science and technology, which serves for improvement of the life standards of our society and sustainable development of our country, TÜBİTAK not only supports innovation, academic and industrial R&D studies but also in line with national priorities develops scientific and technological policies and manages R&D institutes, carrying on research, technology and development studies. Furthermore, TÜBİTAK funds research projects carried out in universities and other public and private organizations, conducts research on strategic areas, develops support programs for public and private sectors, publishes scientific journals, popular science magazines and books, organizes science and society activities and supports undergraduate and graduate students through scholarships.
More than 1,500 researchers work in 15 different research institutes of TÜBİTAK where contract research as well as targeted and nation-wide research is conducted.
TÜBİTAK – Technology and Innovation Funding Programs Directorate (TEYDEB)
Industrial research and technology development, innovation funding, encourage, monitoring and university-industry collaboration improvement are basic functions of TÜBİTAK. Technology and Innovation Funding Programs Directorate (TEYDEB) is carried out these functions under some national and international funding programs.
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