Egyptian-Spanish IT Innovation Program

The Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) and the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI) signed a joint program for co-operation on July 4, 2016. The CDTI, also known as the Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnologico Industrial and founded in 1977, is an affiliate to the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation fostering the tech development and innovation of Spanish companies.​
Egyptian-Spanish IT Innovation Program (ESITIP)


Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology, d.b.a. CDTI, and ITIDA signed a joint program on July 4, 2016. CDTI is founded in 1977 and known as Centro para el Desarrollo Tecnológico Industrial. It is part of the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation, a.k.a. MINECO, fostering the tech development and innovation of Spanish companies.

Both signees agreed to launch mutual Calls for Proposals. Each call aims at launching ambitious shared projects of a high international standard between Egyptian and Spanish organizations. Potential projects will be funded by ITIDA and CDTI. Those are the nodal implementing entities from the Egyptian and Spanish sides, respectively.


ITIDA funds only Product Development Projects (PDP) and Advanced Research Projects (ARP). Duration of projects is up to 2 years.

Check the agenda for more details about the process and dates.


The minimum eligibility criteria is one Egyptian ICT academic institution, one Egyptian ICT industrial partner and one Spanish private company. In all projects, collaboration between an Egyptian ICT academic institution and an Egyptian and Spanish ICT industrial partner is essential.

Eligible Egyptian Applicants

ITIDA eligibility criteria for Egyptian companies and ICT academic institutes include are:

Egyptian companies must have an established company with at least one successful product:
Registered in ITIDA Database
The research team must be:
Working at an Egyptian university or research institute
The Principal Investigator, PI, holds PhD
PI should have publication/patent in the proposal topic

Eligible Spanish Applicants

Applicants from the industry are companies, Economic Interest Groupings (EIG) or consortia made up of at least two independent companies. Eligible companies should be:

Operating and registered in Spain with a valid Spanish company tax code (CIF)
No minimum Spanish capital percentage ownership is required
Spanish subsidiaries of companies headquartered outside Spain may be eligible for support
The Spanish consortia should be led by a Spanish Company.
Collaboration with other entities such as research centers, tech centers, universities, hospitals and other R&D-performing organizations is permitted under CDTI's regulations, as subcontractors of the Spanish companies present in the consortia​​

Promote and fund market-driven research and technology development
Encourage partnerships and business-led R&D&I collaborative projects between entities from both countries

Each project has its conditions on the entry point and the final output as shown in the figure below:

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Duration of projects: from 1 year up to 2 years.

*The funding conditions from ITIDA are set in EGP and explained in ITIDA Financial Guide. They refer to the value of both currencies on the date of call launch (18th of November). ITIDA funds Egyptian entities with the maximum amount expressed (EGP 1.5 million for ARPs and EGP 2.5 million for PDPs). Any extra amounts should be funded by the Egyptian company.
An additional fund of EGP 250,000 will be offered to IC Fabrication and Circuit Prototyping.


The following points display the timetable of calls for proposals

Launch of Call for Proposals is on November 20, 2023.
Deadline for submission (to be determined later on).
Joint EGY-SPA eligibility approval: the list of projects complies with ESITIP requirements will be announced.
Funding decisions will be announced on both parties’ websites.

Joint R&D&I proposals must be submitted to CDTI, by March 20, 2023. We will not consider unilaterally submitted proposals. Egyptian and Spanish co-applicants must elaborate a single project proposal application (Annex 1 – ESITIP Application Form).

The “bilateral cooperation form” must emphasize

how the proposed collaboration adds value
main technology highlights and innovations
activities to be developed by parties involved highlighting the collaborative work being carried out on each side
both expertise


All co-applicants must seal and sign the ESITIP Application Form. Such document should also expressly indicate name and designation of the authorized signatory in the organization.
Other relevant information not expressly mentioned on the form and that the applicants consider relevant may be included as Annexes.
Co-applicants have to submit the following documents as relevant appendices:
Consortium Agreement in English where co-applicants agree upon the ownership, access rights and exploitation of intellectual property generated during the co-operation, to be submitted to CDTI. The Consortium Agreement needs to be sealed and signed by all co-applicants.
Additional specific documents required by CDTI In the case of Spanish applicants, for certain specific types of financing it will be necessary to present the documents specified in the regulations applicable to the requested aid.
Additional specific documents required by ITIDA include team profile, company profile, project starting point, SWOT analysis and mitigation plan, signed stamped cover page, disclosure statement, references and resources. These documents must be submitted to CDTI.

Consortia (Spanish and Egyptian applicants) submits the common application and all required documents mentioned above following CDTI’s normal guidelines and using CDTI’s electronic services at CDTI - Solicitudes de Ayuda - Acceso al Sistema

You don’t have a Spanish Partner?

To facilitate the matchmaking between Egyptian and Spanish partners, please:

Please submit the partner search  to the following email

Please refer to Resources section for ESITIP documents. ​​​​​​

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