ACCIÓ – Catalonia Trade & Investment Agency

Catalonia has an active and innovative business community and a strong research and innovation system, including internationally recognised universities, research and technology centres. Catalonia is one of the main poles of attraction for foreign direct investment in Europe - it concentrates more than 25% of Spanish exports and 1% of the world’s total scientific production per inhabitant. Barcelona, the capital of Catalonia, is the world’s mobile capital and iCapital of Europe. Catalonia has adopted the Catalonia 2020 Strategy, which is the Catalan Government’s roadmap for relaunching the economy and consolidating Catalonia as an industrially-based country, with an open, competitive and sustainable economy combining talent, creativity, a diversified business ecosystem and its own research system of excellence - all within a dynamic, entrepreneurial and inclusive society.

ACCIÓ is the Agency for Business Competitiveness. ACCIÓ’s different programmes promote internationalization and innovation. We provide service to 24,000 companies a year. We connect businesses to the key strategic sectors. We promote internationalization and innovation. We help Catalan businesses and startups boost their competitiveness. We help international companies connect and tap into the competitive advantages Catalonia and Barcelona provide.

Contact detail

  • Contact person

    Lidia Sala

  • Brussels Office Address

    Rue de la Loi, 227
    1040 Brussels

ACCIÓ – Catalonia Trade & Investment Agency

S3 Strategy

The Strategy for the Smart Specialisation of Catalonia (RIS3CAT) defines the framework within which the Catalan Government establishes research and innovation (R&I) actions and programmes and provides support for the generation and development of innovative projects. RIS3CAT establishes four strategic objectives:

  • To modernise the business fabric by improving the efficiency of production processes, internationalisation and the reorientation of consolidated sectors towards activities with greater added value;

  • To promote new emerging economic activities through research and innovation to create and develop new market niches;

  • To consolidate Catalonia as a European knowledge hub and link technological and creative capacities to existing and emerging sectors in the territory;

  • To improve the overall Catalan innovation system, increasing the competitiveness of companies and steering public policies towards promotion of innovation, internationalisation and entrepreneurship.

The four pillars of action are:

  • Leading sectors;

  • Emerging activities;

  • Cross-cutting enabling technologies;

  • Innovation environment.

Strategic R&I Projects


The AI REGIO innovation action aims to consolidate the collaboration in the pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) by enhancing the offering of regional DIHs to manufacturing SMEs on policy impact, technological impact and business impact.


CATCIM stands for Catalan services for more Competitiveness and Innovation in the global Market and is focused on offering assessment, mentoring and coaching services to SMEs with the objective of increasing and accelerating the economic returns from innovation.


RESET (Redesigning Equality and Scientific Excellence Together) envisions a human-centric, inclusive and diversity respectful approach for an intersectional approach to gender equality.

Tecniospring INDUSTRY

Tecniospring INDUSTRY, ACCIÓ's international talent programme, boosts technology transfer processes by offering R&D companies and centres 2-year employment contracts to host a researcher.


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Measures adopted by the Catalan Government to face pandemic

The Government of Catalonia has adopted a series of measures since the COVID-19 crisis began, which it has collected into a report.

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ACCIÓ - H2020 EIC Innovation for SME and start-ups call

ACCIÓ, the Agency for Business Competitiveness of the Government of Catalonia, is interested in the H2020 call 'European Innovation Council Support Actions: Mutual learning and common tools and resources for national/regional schemes supporting innovation projects of start-ups and SMEs.

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Our Agency is looking for Scientific and technical evaluation to our EU Tecniospring INDUSTRY calls for project grants

ACCIO was granted by the European Commission (H2020 Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions-COFUND Grant Agreement No. 801342). The project granted name is EU Tecniospring INDUSTRY. That program will promote Phd exchange between companies. The Phd that ask for a grant has to prepare a technology transfer project. The project has to be evaluated by a third party. The tender is for a company that could provide Scientific and technical evaluation to the projects submitted by the Phd.

  • By Lidia Sala

Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021

Catalonia region is organising the Circular Economy Hotspot Catalonia 2021 event during the Smart City Expo World Congress 2021 that will take place during the 15-18th November 2021.

  • By Hilary Webb

Smart City Live 2020

Focussing on how COVID-19 has impacted cities and redefined citizen's everyday lives, Smart City 2020 will take place as an online event: Smart City Live.

  • By Maria Orobitg

Monitoring challenge-oriented smart specialisation. Opportunities and limitations of open data and semantic techniques. The case of Catalonia

Monitoring challenge-oriented smart specialisation strategies requires new visualisation tools based on integrated open data, semantic analysis and new classification systems that allow us to map and understand the dynamics of collaboration between both stakeholders and areas of knowledge, the emergence of new patterns of specialisation and the contribution of research and innovation to SDGs.