The Government Plan of the 14th Legislature will expand the Industrial Doctorates Plan

The Government Plan of the 14th Legislature contemplates expanding the Industrial Doctorates Plan and improving its funding.


Last July, Minister Geis announced an increase of 2 million euros in the annual funding of research groups with the aim of promoting the scientific, economic and social impact of their activity. Among the measures announced, he spoke of the consolidation of programmes for the valorisation and transfer of technology and knowledge, such as the Industrial Doctorates Plan, increasing the economic resources allocated to them.

This announcement, now during the month of September, has been concretized in a Government Plan where the Department of Research and Universities will deploy government actions to promote research, innovation and knowledge transfer. The Ministry of Research and Universities will lead the actions to advance towards the knowledge objectives set out in the Government Plan for the current legislature, which identifies progress towards a knowledge-based economy as one of the five main axes of promotion of the transversal action of the different departments. The Government Plan of the XIV legislature also establishes the objective of reaching the percentage of 2.12% of GDP allocated to R+D+I, as well as avoiding discrimination against women in all areas of the university and research.

The second major pole of knowledge policies included in the Government Plan and under the direction of the Ministry of Research and Universities aims to promote research, innovation and knowledge transfer to bring Catalonia up to the standards of the most advanced countries. The great legislative milestone in this area also derives from the PN@SC, the framework agreement for the country's knowledge policies, and will be the approval of the Science Law of Catalonia. The future regulation will consolidate the Catalan model of the R+D+I system with the aim of becoming the backbone of the country, configuring the framework for the organization of the Catalan research system in order to consolidate Catalonia as a scientific pole of international reference and to recognize the importance of research and innovation as a guarantee of competitiveness and progress for the country.

In line with the provisions of the PN@SC, the objective at the end of the legislature is to raise the percentage of GDP corresponding to R+D+I to 2.12%, 0.75% of which comes from public funding. This will happen, for example, to continue improving the large scientific and technical infrastructures, with milestones such as the start-up of the fourth-generation Alba II synchrotron, the deployment of the Mare Nostrum 5 supercomputer led by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center or the creation of the National Center for Genomic Analysis (CNAG) consortium.

Among other measures, the Government Plan aims to expand the Industrial Doctorates Plan and give continuity to the Beatriu de Pinós grants, the hiring of postdoctoral research staff and the Knowledge Industry programme to promote transfer between the research system and the productive sector.