Funding Bodies

Ikerbasque, the Basque Foundation for Science created on 2007 by Basque Government, helps develop scientific research in the Basque Country by attracting outstanding researchers and creating new capacities for the region, in cooperation with research centres and universities in a commitment to excellence.
The University of the Basque country (EHU/UPV): represents the biggest public university in the Basque Country, offering 67 Bachelor´s Degrees in all fields of knowledge, 103 official master’s programs, 44 professional & expert diplomas and 71 PhD programmes.

Partners and Supporters

The Government of Basque Country is currently involved in the Science, Technology and Innovation Plan 2020 to improve welfare, sustainable economic growth and employment in Basque society through the development of a research and innovation policy based on smart specialisation and improvement of the Science, Technology and Innovation system, aligned with the European Horizon 2020 programme.
The European Commission is the executive of the European Union and promotes its general interest by coupling research and innovation, programmes such as Horizon 2020 founded with a budget of nearly 80 billion €. The goal of European Commission is to ensure Europe produces world-class science, removes barriers to innovation and makes it easier for the public and private sectors to work together in delivering innovation.
The Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, assumes the responsibility for fostering research and innovation, and the management of international relations in this area and the Spanish representation in programs and international organizations, and the EU. The Spanish Strategy of Science, Technology and Innovation is the framework instrument that establishes the general objectives linked to fostering and developing RTDI activities in Spain during 2013-2020.
Functional Print is a leading cluster od additive and functional printing in Europe.It promotes growth and competitiveness through corporate and tecnological co-operation and colaboration to promote one of the most innovative sectors with the best perspectives for industrial growth in Spain.
With the support of the Department for Economic Development of the Provincial Council of Bizkaia, Bizkaia Talent was established in 2005 as a non-profit organisation with a clear mission: to foster and facilitate the implementation of the necessary conditions for attracting, connecting and retaining in Bilbao, the Historic Territory of Bizkaia and the Basque Country in general, highly qualified people in the areas of knowledge and innovation.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions (MSCA) provide grants for all stages of researchers’ careers – be they doctoral candidates or highly experienced researchers – and encourage transnational, intersectoral and interdisciplinary mobility. The MSCA enable research-focused organisations, like BCMaterials, to host talented foreign researchers and to create strategic partnerships with leading institutions worldwide.