SANTA CRUZ DE TENERIFE, Oct. 14 (EUROPA PRESS) –
The Governing Council, at the proposal of the Ministry of Economy, Knowledge and Employment, has authorized the awarding of six subsidies to the universities of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC) and La Laguna (ULL) to finance projects in equipment and infrastructure of public research and development (R + D + i) worth just over 2 million euros.
Processed through the Canarian Agency for Research, Innovation and Information Society (Aciisi), the files submitted by the counselor Elena Máñez proposed direct aid for reasons of public interest over two years (2021-2022) within the framework of the operational program of the European Regional Development Fund (Feder) Canarias 2014-2020, with a co-financing rate of 85%.
Specifically, the Council agreed to award 764,107 euros to the ULPGC for a project of the University Institute of Intelligent Systems and Numerical Applications in Engineering within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals (IUSIANI-ODS), a scientific computing infrastructure for intelligence artificial and numerical simulation in the environment with direct use in the management of renewable energies, and a ULL of 329,000 euros for the LabH2 initiative, an electrochemical laboratory for hydrogen technologies and energy storage to promote their incorporation into the Canary Islands system.
Subsidies amounting to 300,000 euros were also authorized for the ULPGC-Flucaro project, a system for deep monitoring of particle flux and carbon sequestration in the ocean to strengthen the capacities of the European Station of Ocean Time Series of the Canary Islands (Estoc), and for 261,813.67 euros to the ULPGC Licem initiative, a laboratory for the identification, characterization and ecotoxicity of conventional microplastics and new advanced polymeric materials to study their impact on the environment.
Finally, aid for 184,894.58 euros was approved for the ULPGC Biopump project, for the monitoring of the oceanic biological pump in the Canary current to study the role of the sea in mitigating climate change, and 180,000 euros for the ULL project Pleamar, the first floating platform with electric propulsion for research and training in marine technologies for sustainable and intelligent transport in the Canary Islands.