Public Financiation
in R&D&I

There are very attractive public aid in the form of loans,
grants or a combination of both, which help to finance
the needs of working and investment for both
technological and internationalization projects.




At the Spanish level, the public financing lines of R&D&I for startups and SMEs are collected and defined in the State Plan of Scientific, Technical and Innovation Research. The classification of these aids is organized in support lines for national and international R&D projects and aid to the recruitment of technical personnel. These aids are mainly channelled through the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (MINECO) and the Ministry of Industry and Tourism (MINETUR) or agencies dependent on them, as is the case of the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI), which has open calls throughout the year.

¿Who can

benefit from this?


Startups and technological SMEs in different stages of their growth that are involved in innovative projects. Depending on the Aid Program it is possible to make applications individually or in consortium with other companies. From Intelectium we can advise you on what type of participation can benefit you the most depending on your project and company. But our work does not end here, rather it is the beginning, because since we choose the ideal financing plan for your startup or SME, we take care of the writing of the reports, financial projections, up to the management and upload of the documentation to the different application platforms.

Success ratio

Our philosophy is not to present as many proposals as possible to each funding program, but to select and work very rigorously with a small number of the best startups. This allows us to get much more active and with the utmost professionalism in each case, resulting in proposals that meet all the requirements to be financed. In this way, our success ratio in the public financing lines for startups and SMEs is one of the highest in the Spanish market.

Public funding lines for startups & SMEs at a spanish level

Cervera Program

Financing for startups and SMEs that create or develop a significant improvement of a production process, product or service in collaboration with state-level Technology Centers.

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PID program

Financing for Research and Development Projects developed individually or in national or international consortia. This is a loan with a non-refundable tranche (TNR) that can reach 30% of the budget.·

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CIEN Program

Lost fund grant for technology-based startups up to 250,000 euros. Applicant companies must be at least 6 months old and a maximum of 3 years old.

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NEOTEC Program

Financing for projects in consortium consisting of a minimum of 3 companies and a maximum of 8 companies. Within the consortium, the participation of Research Centers specialized in R&D is required.

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AEESD Program

Help from the Strategic Agency for Economics and Digital Society for consolidated and growing technology companies. AEESD grants finance R&D projects that improve the current state of technology art in the ICT, IoT, eHealth, Smart Cities and Energy Efficiency sectors, among others.

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R&D&I Entrepreneurship Program

Financing in loan format for innovative projects in the tourism sector to promote the development of innovative tourism products that improve the competitiveness and profitability of Spanish tourism in the face of the international landscape.

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EMPLEA Program

Help with the recruitment of technical staff for companies that have designed an R&D project. This is a loan aid with a subsidy component in kind.

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RETOS Program

Grant with refundable advance aimed at companies with a strong dedication in R&D&I that respond to the Challenges of the Company. Projects should be in collaboration with Universities or Research Centres, which are within the areas of climate, energy, health and food, among others.

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Torres Quevedo Program

Lost fund grant to stimulate personal recruitment with a PHD degree to develop R&D projects.

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European public funding lines

At an european level, the financiation of investigation projects and technological development are framed in two strategic programs. On the one hand, Horizon 2020, is an aid programme managed by the European Commission. It replaces the previous Seventh Framework Programme and covers the period 2014 to 2020. From 2021, it will take over Horizon Europe which will be the European Union's next Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021 to 2027. This new programme will have an even bigger budget than the previous ones, reaching 100 billion euros. On the other hand, there is also the Eurostars initiative. An aid line within the Eureka Programme, which also provides grants to international R&D projects that collaborate with other european Union companies.

SME I or Phase 1

Lost fund grant of 50,000 euros for startups and SMEs of innovative projects. The aid aims to cover the costs of the technical feasibility and commercialization potential of new ideas and technologies.

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SME II or Phase 2

Lost fund grant of up to 2.5M for innovative startups and SMEs. It aims to cover the costs of R&D&I activities, with a special interest in those that focus on demo activities and commercial applications, encouraging potential users and customers to engage. To come to this help it is very convenient to have passed Phase 1 previously.

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Fast Track to Innovation (FTI)

Lost fund grant of 3M for companies that are developing an innovative industrial project in the form of a consortium (maximum of 5 and minimum of 3 companies).

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Eureka network eurostars

Grant for R&D projects carried out in consortium lasting between 1 and 3 years. Funding aims to drive market-focused innovation. It is for partnerships between companies from European states but currently also integrates countries such as Israel, South Korea or Canada.

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