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20th APDC Congress – Compete signs R&D agenda with Competitiveness Poles

20th APDC Congress - Compete signs R&D agenda with Competitiveness Poles

After advancing in November with a significant set of internationalization projects, Compete is preparing to sign, at the beginning of December, with the 12 Poles of competitiveness, an agenda of mobilizing projects for investment in R&D, said today Nelson de Sousa , manager of the Compete program, at the opening session of the second day of the APDC Congress.

Already on the sidelines of the presentation, Nelson de Sousa explained to TeK that it is not a question of creating new Competitiveness Poles, but of realizing an already defined development agenda and strategy, which involves an investment of 100 million euros, with the support of 50 million from Compete.

The manager of the competitiveness incentive program also recalls that of the 12 Poles of Competitiveness, three are focused on the area of ​​TICE – Information, Communication and Entertainment Technologies, and that of the other 9, at least two thirds of the investment is also linked to the technological area, through specific projects, such as in the area of ​​Health with Telemedicine.

Regarding the NSRF, Nelson de Sousa also stated that companies are the ones with the highest level of execution and that 110% of the budget set up until 2013 is currently committed, approaching the execution of 30%. The program has accelerated and reoriented support for internationalization and the strengthening of the competitive base, which is reflected in the last agreements signed in November.