IMDEA Institutes: the Madrid regional Government's response to the challenges of the future
Under today’s economic development landscape, knowledge is an irreplaceable factor, since it determines the ability of an economy to generate productivity-enhancing technology.
With a view to turning Madrid into a «knowledge-generating» region, the regional Government has designed its R+D+i policies to ensure they lay the foundations of a science and technology system based on human capital and institutional responsibility, building an institutional framework where human capital is allowed to work as efficiently as possible.
Madrid, a place for Science and Technology
The territories that have experienced a strong and sustained growth over the last few years all share five essential features:
- a dynamic cultural environment,
- a skilled workforce,
- excellent scientific infrastructures,
- a becoming institutional framework, and
- good information networks.
Madrid meets these five attributes.
The IMDEA project has been a cornerstone of the regional R+D+I policy. Included in the IV Regional Plan for Scientific Research and Technological Innovation (PRICIT), it is realizing the Plan’s motto: «Turning Madrid into a place for Science and Technology».
IMDEA Institutes: a project from the Madrid Community Regional Government
The IMDEA Institutes address the commitment made by the Madrid Community Government to place research, science and technology at the service of the citizens. Their implementation is expected to have highly beneficial economic consequences in the long term.
Led by the regional Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Community of Madrid, this is a project involving the whole Government of the Community, with the active participation of the Ministries of the Presidency, Justice, and Government Spokesmanship; Finance and Taxation; Environment and Territorial Planning; Healthcare; and Transportation, Infrastructures and Housing.
The role of the regional Ministry of Finance and Taxation has been instrumental, since some of the IMDEA Institutes have their definitive headquarters in the scientific and technological parks managed by this department.