The Ministry of Science and Innovation has published a report on participation in the European Union’s R&D&I Framework Program Horizon 2020 (H2020), which shows Spain on the very top of the project leadership ranking.

According to the report, Spanish entities coordinate 17% of all collaborative projects, in addition to being the fourth country that receives the largest funding, just after Germany, the United Kingdom and France. Considering these achievements, which have been accomplished in a highly competitive environment under criteria of excellence, the Framework Program is one of the main sources of funding for competitive R&D&I in our country.

In this regard, among Spanish beneficiaries, companies obtain the largest subsidies, with 35.2% of funding, followed by universities, with 20.8%. The rest of the subsidies is distributed among research associations (12.3%), technology centers (11.3%), public research centers (11.3%), public administrations (5.5%), associations (3.4%) and European organizations (0.2%).

Nearly 12,500 entities have applied for the available funding, participating in 63,730 proposals. Out of them, 3,759 Spanish entities have obtained funding.

As the BISITE Research Group and the AIR Institute, we have already led more than 25 European projects, and are currently coordinating five projects funded through the H2020, Erasmus+ and POCTEP programs: Hippocampus Extracellular Space Simulator Project (HESSP), DISRUPTIVE, DIGITEC, SMARTSEA and FARMS4CLIMATE, the latter has been granted very recently. In addition, several of our projects are being developed thanks to cascade funding from the European Commission. You can read the complete article on

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Juan Manuel Corchado (15 May 1971, Salamanca, Spain) is Professor at the University of Salamanca. He has been Vice-Rector for Research from 2013 to 2017 and Director of the Science Park of the University of Salamanca. Elected as Dean of the Faculty of Science twice, he holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Salamanca and a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of the West of Scotland. He leads the renowned BISITE (Bioinformatics, Intelligent Systems and Educational Technology) Research Group, created in 2000. Director of the IoT Digital Innovation Hub and President of the AIR Institute, J. M. Corchado is also Visiting Professor at the Osaka Institute of Technology since January 2015, Visiting Professor at the Universiti Malaysia Kelantan and Member of the Advisory Group on Online Terrorist Propaganda of the European Counter Terrorism Centre (EUROPOL). J. M. Corchado has been president of the IEEE Systems, Man and Cybernetics Society, and academic coordinator of the University Institute for Research in Art and Animation Technology at the University of Salamanca, as well as researcher at the Universities of Paisley (UK), Vigo (Spain) and the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK). He currently combines all his activity with the direction of Master programmes in Security, Digital Animation, Mobile Telephony, Information Systems Management, Internet of Things, Social Media, 3D Design and Printing, Blockchain, Z System, Industry 4.0, Agile Project Management, and Smart Cities & Intelligent Buildings, at the University of Salamanca and his work as editor-in-chief of the journals ADCAIJ (Advances in Distributed Computing and Artificial Intelligence Journal), OJCST (Oriental Journal of Computer Science and Technology) or Electronics MDPI (Computer Science & Engineering section). J. M. Corchado mainly works on projects related to Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Blockchain, IoT, Fog Computing, Edge Computing, Smart Cities, Smart Grids and Sentiment Analysis. He has recently been included in the board of trustees of the AstraZeneca Foundation, along with other health professionals and researchers recognised for bringing scientific knowledge closer to society.