- It will be in charge of financing, evaluation, execution and monitoring of funds for R & D.
- About 300 people will work on it with the aim of managing aid more agile, flexible and autonomous.
- The planning will be multi-year with medium-term objectives, which will provide stability to the calls.
The Council of Ministers has approved the creation of the State Research Agency with the aim of providing the Spanish system of Science, Technology and Innovation with a more flexible, agile and autonomous management. This Agency, a demand of the scientific community included in the Law of Science of 2011, will be in charge of financing, evaluation and allocation of funds for R & D. It will also carry out activities to monitor the actions financed to improve the measurement of results and their impact.
The purpose of the State Research Agency is to improve the efficiency of the services provided by the General State Administration in terms of R & D & I, the incorporation of the best international evaluation practices, the rendering of accounts of the grants granted and the simplification of administrative procedures.
The Agency is created at zero cost with the human and material resources of the R & D & I Secretariat and its implementation will be in 2016. Within a period of no more than 60 days, the governing body of the Agency will be established, The Governing Board, which must appoint as director, sole executive officer, a researcher or technologist with experience in the management of R & D. In this period, provisionally, the direction of the Agency will be assumed by the general director of Scientific and Technical Research.
The new body will have approximately 300 employees who will manage the aid of the State Secretariat of R + D + i. The Agency has the capacity to also manage the R & D aid of other ministries through agreements, and may also add the management of private funds. It will act in coordination with the Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI), the other major funding agent of R + D + i, if appropriate especially for the business world.
The State Research Agency will provide greater stability to public aid for R & D thanks to the multiannual planning of its resources, being able to set objectives in the medium term and making it possible for calls for projects or HR to have the necessary predictability in the terms and in financing. It will also have an independent evaluation system based on scientific and technical criteria to ensure the promotion of quality and excellence.
With the creation of this Agency, the Law of Science, Technology and Innovation of 2011 is complied with, the Law of General Budgets of the State of 2015 and the National Reform Program. In addition, a comparable model is established with the leading countries in science of the EU and the recommendations of the Council of the EU and the ERAC Peer Review, which made an audit in 2014 of the Spanish system of Science, Technology and Innovation at the request of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness.