The Ministry of Employment, Industry, and Tourism has awarded the contract for the development and dissemination of the new Plan for Science, Technology, and Innovation (PSTI), which will be launched in 2018 and will last until 2022.
Ayming has been chosen by a committee of experts in different fields, from among six more companies that took part in the competition. The contract, which amounts to 42,000 euros, also includes the evaluation of the current plan (2013-2017) and the design of different alternatives of governance model and integrated management of the new project. The execution period is 12 months.
The Minister of Employment, Industry, and Tourism, Isaac Pola, stressed that the new strategy will impact on “innovation in business, knowledge transfer, support infrastructure, and innovative public procurement.” He also stressed that this initiative manifests the important commitment of the regional government to make innovation “cross-cutting and shared”.
The new work plan will be aligned with the Asturias Intelligent Specialisation Strategy (RlS3) and the social agreement, and will seek to achieve the following objectives: to give continuity to the Principality’s public effort to support R&D&I; to analyse the current regulatory, political and fiscal framework affecting R&D&I in the Autonomous Community; to evaluate the existing innovation ecosystem; to collect the actions and contributions of each of the main relevant agents in the field of R&D&I in Asturias.
The PSTI will also focus on areas of action such as research excellence; open innovation in companies; innovation in the broadest sense; the role of advanced services companies; the importance of transferring knowledge and technologies from supply to demand (role of research results transfer offices, mobility, etc.); the role of clusters and sector associations (value chains, supply chains, etc.); the strategy and role of infrastructures (technology centers, laboratories, science, and technology parks); internationalization for innovation and innovative public procurement.
Soraya Gamonal, Responsible for Spain and Portugal of Ayming’s Innovation Performance department, has stated regarding the contract that “with this award the value is placed on the public effort to support R&D&I from the Principado de Asturias, as well as the existing innovation ecosystem. The companies, for their part, know that if there is a strategic investment, that is the investment in research, development, and technological innovation. Investment must be managed in an optimal way to obtain the desired return and be competitive. With the new Plan, the companies of the Principality will have a future scenario”.