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CTA Agrifood
Corporación Tecnológica de Andalucía / CTA

Spain: Andalusia
Nathalie Chavrier

Overview

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About us

CTA is a public-private partnership made up of more than 165 companies to promote innovation and technology transfer. Despite the tendency to associate innovation with sectors which make intensive use of technology (such as ITC and Biotechnology), CTA believes that it is also important to incorporate R&D into traditional sectors, such as agri-food, which play a key role in the Andalusian economy.

It is crucial to adopt new models of production based on knowledge and differentiation so that they can all play their part in increasing the competitiveness of the regional economy.

Due to its longstanding experience in the agricultural sector, Andalusia is well placed to be an international leader in various aspects of agri-food innovation, in terms of both cultivation techniques and the final product.

CTA Agri-food is made up of representatives of the triple helix:

13 member companies

  • AGQ
  • Agro Sevilla
  • Alfocan
  • Aurora Intelligent Nutrition
  • Cajamar Caja Rural
  • COVA
  • CRSUR
  • Deoleo
  • Grupo La Caña
  • Heineken 
  • Herba Ricemills
  • Iberhanse
  • Tepro

9 Andalusian Universities

  • University of Almería
  • University of Cádiz
  • University of Córdoba
  • University of Granada
  • University of Huelva
  • University of Jaén
  • University of Málaga
  • University of Pablo de Olavide
  • University of Sevilla

3 public bodies

  • Andalusian Agency for Innovation and Development (Regional Government of Andalusia)
  • Andalusian Knowledge Agency (Regional Government of Andalusia)
  • Agapa (Regional Government of Andalusia)
Formalised strategy
Strategy focus on internationalisation

Cluster composition

  • 25
    Cluster Members
  • 5
    SME's
  • 8
    Large Companies
  • 9
    Research Organisations, Universities, Technology Centers
  • 3
    Other Ecosystem Actors

Achievements

  • CTA technical officers are evaluators in European projects calls for proposals (H2020, FP7, SME Instrument).
  • CTA is a strategic advisor in innovation programs of the Administration.
  • CTA provides technical support to innovation funding programs and technological entrepreneurship.
  • Experience in the development of technology transfer through the mobilization of patents in collaboration with Andalusian public universities.
  • International Success Cases Manual of University-Business Cooperation (REUNE).
  • CTA works as PUNTO RED PIDI (National Network of Information Points on Research, Development and Innovation Activities, managed by CDTI). Currently, it is the International Node of the PIDI Network, in addition to being a proximity node since 2008.
  • Expert foundation in the writing and edition of reports and publications on innovation at regional and national level.
  • Preparation of feasibility studies in areas such as neuroscience, big data and cloud computing, tourist recommendation services and bioeconomy.
  • Stable collaboration agreements with regional and national economic agents. 

Management team

Elías Atienza Alonso
Cluster Manager
David Páez Rodríguez
ECCP Responsible Person

Sectorial and industrial focus

Sectoral Industries
Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A01 Crop and animal production, hunting and related service activities - Agriculture, forestry and fishing:A02 Forestry and logging - Manufacturing:C10 Manufacture of food products
Technology fields
A\: Human necessities:Agriculture; forestry; animal husbandry; hunting; trapping; fishing
S3 EU priority areas
Public health & security:Food security & safety - Service innovation:New or improved service processes - Sustainable innovation:Bioeconomy - Sustainable innovation:Sustainable agriculture
Cross-sectoral industries
Social Economy and Innovation

Services

Support services provided

Access to finance: Public funding
Access to finance: Private funding
Facilitation of collaboration between members (within the cluster)
Facilitation of external collaboration (beyond cluster) such as matchmaking
Support of Research, Development and Innovation

Further information

  • CTA helps businesses, universities, technology centres, public authorities and other bodies to achieve the maximum results from their R&D initiatives and transform the results into wealth creation and concrete business activities.
  • The services provided by CTA include: strategic R&D advice; evaluation of innovative initiatives; support for the internationalisation of R&D; consultancy in processes involving Procurement of Innovation by Public Bodies; support for technology scouting and studies and reports concerning ad hoc innovation.

Support programmes

EU Programmes

European Programmes
H2020 CIP/COSME

Name & description

Cooperation activities

International cooperation

Targeted countries

Argentina
Colombia
Costa Rica
El Salvador
Peru

Transnational cooperation

Targeted countries

Belgium
France
Germany
Italy
Portugal

Transnational support activites

Promotional Activities - Support to collaborative activities/etc.

International support activites

- none -

Upcoming events

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Latest news and documents

News Achievements Published: 07.05.2021
Agrosap and the University of Seville develop a technology to reduce mycotoxin contamination in food produced from barley and wheat
News Published: 07.04.2021
CTA presents EU project EXCornsEED at the International Congress of Circular Bioeconomy 2021
News Published: 07.04.2021
CTA co-organizes an international event on the challenges of organic production in Europe
News Published: 25.03.2021
Tepro joins as a member of CTA to accelerate its R&D