Extremadura puts more emphasis on the containment of the new coronavirus. The Regional Ministry of Economy, Science and Digital Agenda, through the General Secretariat of Science, Technology, Innovation, and University, has approved six research, development, and innovation (R&D&I) projects aimed at containing Covid-19, which will be subsidized with $3.5 million (€3 million). In addition, they involve an investment by the beneficiary companies of $4.7 million (€4 million) and the obligation to create 19 direct jobs.
Most of the projects that have obtained subsidies are related to the acquisition of equipment and investment goods based on innovative technology for the assembly of production lines for hydroalcoholic gels, hygienic masks, and other textile elements for protection against the virus. However, new in this edition is a project based on the acquisition of equipment for the manufacture of nitrile gloves and another for the manufacture of special food or food supplements for hospitalized patients.
These projects are the result of this year’s call for extraordinary grants for Covid-19 health containment, which was approved by Resolution of April 27th, 2021, under the Order of June 26th, 2020, of the Regional Ministry of Economy, Science and Digital Agenda.
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Extremadura has led, in the field of R&D&I, a total of 13 projects for the containment of the coronavirus
As a whole, with the resolution of the two calls that have been approved for the sanitary containment of the Covid-19, the Regional Government of Extremadura has led, in the field of R&D&I, a total of 13 projects (three related to industrial research and experimental development and another ten referred to investments for the acquisition of equipment), for 5.4 million (€4.6 million).
These grants have financing that can range from 80% to 100%, charged to the Operational Program of the European Regional Development Fund (Feder) of Extremadura corresponding to the 2014-2020 programming period.
The Secretary-General of Science, Technology, Innovation and University, Jesús Alonso, has highlighted the importance of these grants insofar as they contribute to positioning Extremadura in the fight against the health pandemic and its effects, favor economic recovery, business investment, the application of technological innovation to the productive system and the creation of jobs associated to these investments.
According to Alonso, this type of investment will be promoted during the next years under the Operational Program for Extremadura during the period 2021-2027, up to the amount allowed by the Community rules outside the Temporary National Framework.
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