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Innovation and Science policy consultancy

Innovation and science policies, technology policy or R & D policies are one of the four main areas of specialization in Novadays. Our consultants and researchers accumulate a more than important experience working for the main players of the Spanish system of science-technology-company, being habitual advisers of the main public organisms of the system, like the General Secretariat of R + D + I of the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT), the Centre for Technological and Industrial Development (CDTI) or the higher Centre for Scientific Research (CSIC).

Novadays experts advise these and other agencies with competences on innovation policies throughout the cycle of innovation policy management, adapting to the needs of each of them at all times.

Our history with innovation and science policies

Years 90: Pioneers in Spain

Novadays's scientific policy team is one of the pioneers in this field in Spain. He began his work in the year 1998, with the Evaluation of the ATYCA Programme of the then Ministry of Industry.

2000-2010: Strengthening of the National R & D System

At the beginning of the 21st century, we face important challenges within the R & D system. The creation of new institutions, such as the Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology (FECYT) required us to carry out analyses (such as benchmarking of national science foundations or the Map of R & D system agents and its functions) and of the first FECYT Strategic Planwhich established what would become this institution in the System over the next decade. Within the framework of our work on R&D&I programmes, the following stood out Evaluation of the PROFIT program, in its different areas, for four years in a row and the proposal for improvements to that programme year after year.

During these years, we also faced the realisation of several Sectoral technological plansThe two for the Railway Sector, the Road Transport Sector, and two for the Road Transport Sector. Among all of them, we can highlight the Study of the scientific and technological policies of the aerospace Sector, commissioned by the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA) and that allowed us to study for almost two years the best practices of scientific policy in this sector, throughout the world.

During the second five years of the first decade of the 21st century, we were fortunate to face important challenges such as new regional and national Programme Evaluations, new Technological Plans (for the Logistics Sector -two- and for Passenger Transport). We supported the Ministry in the Comparative Study of Researchers' Careers in over 14 countries for career enhancement through the new Law of Science.

2010-2016: The expansion of the R & D system

Over the last few years we have worked with the traditional agents of the R&D&I system, such as the MINECO, the FECYT or the CDTI in carrying out studies, the Evaluation of the program of national strategic consortiums of Technological innovation (CENIT), the launch of Fundraising for sciencethe Management of major projects for the CSIC in energy cropsetc.

In addition, we have supported other organisations in their incorporation into the national R&D&I system, as is the case with the Directorate-General of Traffic (DGT)The Ministry of the Interior, with the creation of its Research Coordination Unit, the elaboration of its first Research Plan and the development of its first Order of Bases and call for research projects.

In recent years, our main contribution to the national R&D&I system has been the importation of innovative procurement models to Spain, through the Precommercial Public Purchase and the Public purchase of innovative technology.


May 2024 - The Strategic Initiative for Public Procurement of Innovation (CPI) of the National Police brings together a set of investment programs, with multiple actions and projects that integrate the challenges and needs of all areas of the Police. The Initiative responds to the challenge of the National Police to consolidate its position in the...

April 2024 - The Business Factory Aero is the best example of the results that a region can achieve with the strategic use of public procurement. With the publication of a new call for proposals (consolidation mode) and with the recognition by FUNCAS as the best accelerator in Spain, the BFAero consolidates...

The water sector facing the digital transformation and the circular economy: Innovaugas 4.0 14 January 2022 - The water sector and, in particular, the public entities responsible for the management of the water cycle in the different basins and regions of Spain are facing an important modernisation process, through investments...

Novadays designs the initiative to promote the cybersecurity industry of the Recovery, Transformation and Resilience Plan 14 January 2022 - The cybersecurity of public administrations and strategic sectors has become a key factor for the digital transformation of both the public sector and the most important...

Novadays designs the model of Public Procurement of Innovation of CSIC 16 December 2021 - Innovation is the engine of economic and social development of a country and Spain faces the challenge of advancing in this direction. While currently less than 2% of GDP is invested in innovation,...

Novadays is fully involved in the creation of regulatory sandboxes in several sectors. April 19, 2021 - The momentum of innovation and legislative development do not usually advance evenly, although from the legislation can drive important advances in R+D+i not only by creating requirements or future obligations that will force...

Hydrogen: a new challenge for governments and companies. April 12, 2021 - The use of hydrogen for energy production poses one of the greatest industrial and technological challenges for Spain and Europe in the next decade. The European Union's commitment - within the framework of the Green Deal - and...

Autonomous mobility: Malaga, new testing ground for urban transport with an autonomous bus. April 16, 2021 - The AUTOMOST project, led by Avanza Group and whose project management office has been in charge of Novadays, has reached its climax with the commissioning of the autonomous bus of the city of...

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