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Business Enterprise R&D nuclei

The impetus for great innovative ideas

If you have a new high-risk technological product or service in mind, the Business Enterprise R&D Nuclei provide the impetus you need to make it a reality. These grants offer up to 150,000 euros non-refundable to develop your project over three years.

Don’t put off great ideas any longer with the Business Enterprise R&D Nuclei!

What does it offer?

The Business Enterprise R&D nuclei are non-refundable grants for financing new high-risk technological products or services that respond to market needs. They offer:

  • A non-refundable grant of up to 150,000 euros
  • A maximum of three years to develop the project

The line of R&D Nuclei in Circular Economy specific to the field of waste is now open.

Consult the terms of the call (.PDF document) and contact us for any questions.


The Business Enterprise R&D nuclei are grants targeting Catalan companies that wish to develop new high-risk technological products or services that respond to market needs. The general requirements for applying for the grant are:

  • It must involve an innovative R&D initiative
  • Have the technical capacity to carry out the R&D activity
  • The project must be carried out in Catalonia
  • Companies must have three years old. It is recommended that you validate your financial viability with the Financial self-assessment

Contact us and we will help you find how your project fits in with the Business Enterprise R&D nuclei!

Discover the Nuclei

The Business R&D nuclei is a non-refundable grant program with more than 12 years of experience driving the most innovative ideas. Until 2020, it has supported 427 industrial research and development projects in which 812 companies have participated, mobilizing an investment in R&D of 257.9 million euros.

The projects are carried out in different modalities:

  • Local R&D projects: executed by Catalan companies that were developing a project to achieve a technological leap in some of the 6 RIS3CAT areas
    • Nuclei in circular economy: Since 2018, in conjunction with the Waste Agency of Catalonia, a specific call has been launched in the field of waste
  • International R&D projects: executed by Catalan companies with an international partner. Different types of cooperation have been published since the first call:
    • Projects with international cooperation for specific topics as a result of ACCIÓ’s participation in European ERA-Net programs such as Eurotransbio, Manunet, Olae +, Biophotonics +, Transport; and Electromobility Europe (closed calls)
    • Projects with bilateral cooperation between Catalonia and regions / countries with which cooperation agreements exist. Catalonia-Israel, Catalonia-Germany and Catalonia-Chile bilateral programs have been carried out (closed call)
    • Projects with unilateral cooperation, where the granting of aid is not conditional on the international partner receiving funding from the public administration of their country or region (closed call)

If you have an R&D project to develop new challenges and opportunities in industrial research and experimental development, contact us and we will advise you to find your Nuclei!

Nuclei support services

In relation to this aid, ACCIÓ offers a variety of related services:

  • Technological advice:
    • Guidance: we help you to create and organize projects, as well as to solve technical queries and improve the submission process
    • Find out about other alternatives for grants or incentives for your R&D project that may be compatible or alternatives to the R&D Nuclei
    • Find a partner: through ACCIÓ's worldwide offices and the EEN (Enterprise Europe Network) we help you find the best technology partner to develop your international R&D project
  • Project monitoring: if you have been the recipient of a grant from the Business Enterprise R&D nuclei announcement you are eligible for the personalized monitoring of one of our technicians who will facilitate the entire process of project monitoring and rationale. This monitoring will be conducted continuously from the approval of the project until completion of the technical and administrative certification process
  • Access to tax deductions: take advantage of discounts on your tax bill with the incentives for R&D projects. Discover our tax incentives for innovation support service
  • Support for CDTI projects: if you have submitted a project to the ACCIÓ Business Enterprise R&D nuclei call and it has been technically approved but not granted due to a lack of budget, we can help you to present this project at the CDTI.

The 2021 R&D Nuclei in circular economy will open soon.

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These grants are co-funded with the ERDF, and are intended to encourage R&D projects carried out in Catalonia with a high impact on the region and enterprise. The projects must have a strong impact on the internationalization of results and technology, and enable companies to access international R&D calls, especially the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme and tenders.

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