Grants for science projects which improve the cityNew grants of up to 150,000 euros are being made available as part of the Barcelona Science Plan, in collaboration with the Fundació La Caixa. The grants will be used to promote projects which modernise the city, with a special emphasis on ageing and quality of life, and on mobility and the protection of the environment. Applications can be presented up until 6 August.
In all, the City Council and the Fundació La Caixa are allocating 900,000 euros for grants aimed at projects with a significant technological component. The projects must be presented by groups consisting of at least three institutions, two of which must be from the research field and be officially based in Barcelona. Third sector institutions will be given special consideration.
Institutions which can apply for the grants include:
- Public universities and their research institutes and private universities.
- Public research bodies.
- Other R+D centres with their own legal identity, linked to public administrations and mainly operating in the public sector.
- Subsidised public and private non-profit heath institutions and entities or those linked to the National Health System or the Catalan Health Institute and which work in the area of research.
- Public and private non-profit entities whose main goal is the development of R+D which generates scientific knowledge.
- Companies and business organisations whose social goal links them to the project content. These companies must have fewer than fifty workers and innovation must be one of their priorities.
- Other organisations which contribute to the promotion and dissemination of science or which carry out technology transfer work.
The projects must be geared towards two priority fields for the sustainable evolution of Barcelona: ageing and quality of life, and mobility and the protection of the environment. These are the two sustainable development goals underpinning the implementation of the UN’s Agenda 2030.
Barcelona Science Plan
The initiative is part of the Barcelona Science Plan, conceived to foster a favourable environment for research and technology centres, universities and the city’s business and manufacturing community to develop innovative solutions which lead to better quality of life in the city, so that everyone benefits.
In this respect, various measures have already been taken, such as the first edition of the Barcelona Hipàtia European Prize, designed to give greater visibility to science. The prize will be awarded on 5 February in the Saló de Cent.
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