Technological innovation means actions and instruments that enable the systematic incorporation of knowledge or technology into companies. It facilitates company differentiation and is a key competitiveness factor.
The technological innovation system in the Basque Country is one of the basic pillars of its competitiveness. The innovative capability of its business fabric stands out due to its high degree of participation in R&D activities; not in vain, it has 67% of researchers working in its organisations, and accounting for 75.4% of R&D expenditure.
This has been possible thanks to the implementation of a planned strategy in Science, Technology and Innovation Policies, reflected in the constant investment in R&D carried out by the Basque Government, even in times of budgetary restrictions like those we have been through.
In the Technological Department we manage the implementation of Programmes and Instruments to support and promote the Basque Government Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. The aid instruments and programmes managed by this Department are intended to strengthen the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation System. To achieve this we design aid packages and services that act as support not only for Strategic Research performed by research institutions integrated into the Basque Science, Technology and Innovation Network but also for Basque companies in the field of R&D in order to implement business initiatives and develop new products.
In the Technological Innovation Department we manage the implementation of Programmes and Instruments to support and promote the Basque Government Science, Technology and Innovation Policy. Our support for R&D is completed with:
R&D activity project evaluation services and issuing of corresponding tax reports for corporation tax deductions to be applied.
Information and advice services concerning European business policies and opportunities, technology transfer and access to European R&D funding programmes, with SPRI leading the Basque consortium in the Enterprise Europe Network launched by the European Commission. (Basque Enterprise Europe Network)