Entrepreneurial Discovery

What is EDP?

The Entrepreneurial Discovery Process (EDP) is the process of identifying business opportunities, and will be the true engine of the RIS4 Region of Murcia. It involves all relevant actors committed to finding potential business transformation R&D&I projects and initiatives in the priority areas of the Strategy.

Technologies and Trends


  • Food design: nutraceuticals, antioxidants, vegan products.
  • Personalised food items.
  • Healthy diets and lifestyles.
  • Reduction of waste and recovery of by-products.
  • New sources of protein (insects and by-products).
  • Sustainable production processes.
  • Animal welfare, food safety and traceability.
  • Precision agriculture. Sensorization.
  • Crop monitoring.
  • Varieties of herbaceous and fruit crops.
  • Smart and sustainable farms and greenhouses.
  • Increased shelf life of food. 
  • Plant biotechnology
  • Biotechnology in the management of waste and by-products.
  • Genome editing.
  • 4.0 Technologies.
  • Smart packaging.
  • Technologies for pest control.
  • Hydroponics.
  • Animal reproduction technologies.
  • Driverless tractors.
  • Drones.


  • Water footprint, environmental, eco-costs.
  • Reduction of water consumption.
  • Wastewater management.
  • Removal of emerging pollutants.
  • Improvement in water quality.
  • Optimisation of irrigation systems.
  • Blue Economy.
  • Elimination of pathogens in water used for food processing.
  • Hydrological modelling.
  • Evaporation in reservoirs.
  • Green filters.
  • Capture of contaminants with porous materials.
  • Water cycle management technologies.
  • 4.0 Technologies.
  • Technologies for the elimination of microplastics.
  • Desalination technologies.
  • Carbon capture algae.


  • Valuation of by-products/residues.
  • Bioeconomy. Circular Economy.
  • Preserving biodiversity.
  • Reduction of consumption and use of scarce resources.
  • Sustainable agriculture, biofertilisers, biostimulants and biocontrol products.
  • Plant varieties adapted to climate change and resistant to disease.
  • The soil as a carbon sink.
  • Recovery of degraded soils.
  • Erosion control.
  • Green Economy: business models.
  •  Biofuel production technologies (biomass).
  • Telecommuting support technologies to reduce the impact of worker mobility.
  • Bio-energy with carbon capture and storage
  • Sustainable bio fertilizer production technologies.

Logistics and Transport

  • Energy efficient transport.
  • More efficient trade routes.
  • Reduction of travel time of perishable products.
  • Predictive logistics.
  • Local proximity logistics.
  • Sustainable mobility.
  • Sustainable packaging.
  • More integrated omni-channel services.
  • Internal logistics optimisation for SMEs.
  • Electric vehicle, natural gas hydrogen.
  • Intelligent Transportation systems.
  • 4.0 Technologies.
  • RPA (robotic process automation), robotics, drones, smart tags.


  • Personalisation and Sustainability.
  • Tourism for the elderly, gastronomic tourism, religious heritage tourism, health and beauty tourism, conference tourism, nautical wine tourism and diving tourism.
  • Smart tourist destinations (DTI).
  • ‘Smartphone in hand’ tourism.
  • Analysis of customer behaviour.
  • Digitisation of heritage and museums.
  • Demand for new people-centred, collaborative and iterative experiences.
  • Technologies for customer service.
  • Metaverse.
  • Mobile apps.
  • Automation of tasks.
  • Labels (QR codes, others).
  • 4.0 Technologies.

Home (quality of life)

  • Sustainable urban planning.
  • Sustainable, bioclimatic and passive construction.
  • Harnessing solar energy.
  • Recycling of materials and products.
  • Eco-innovation.
  • Contract channel.
  • New BIO materials from agricultural and food waste.
  • Exploration of minerals, on-demand mining or digitised mining.
  • Circular Economy Air quality control.
  • Smart buildings and homes
  • BIM (construction information modelling).
  • Green concrete.
  • Climate engineering.
  • 4.0 Technologies.
  • Sensors and sensor networks.
  • Drones.
  • Collaborative robotics.
  • Hyperspectral analysis technology.
  • Materials technologies.
  • Remote sensing.


  • Healthy diet. Superfoods.
  • Personalised nutrition. Microbiota.
  • Segmentation: geriatric and child nutrition, nutrition for athletes, others.
  • Personalised medicine.
  • Virtual health care and remote patient monitoring.
  • Attention to dependency: elderly people and/or people with special needs.
  • Clinical trials: experimental integration and real-world evidence.
  • Collection of patient information.
  • Disease prevention.
  • Control and detection of zoonotic diseases.
  • Protection against health crises.
  • Improved patient experience.
  • Connected biometric sensors.
  • Nanosensors.
  • Wearable devices.
  • Medical mobile applications.
  • Telemedicine: 5G.
  • 3D diagnostic and prevention software.
  • Digital Twin.
  • Stem cell therapies.
  • Anti-aging medications.
  • Biotechnology. Genome editing.
  • Optogenetics.
  • Photodynamic therapy.
  • 4.0 Technologies.

Footwear and Fashion

  •  Digital transformation of companies.
  • Circular production models.
  • Reduction of water consumption and environmental impact.
  • Promotion of local initiatives.
  • Sustainable fabrics.
  • Nanotextiles.
  • Smart fabrics. Sensorization.
  • Nanofibres.
  • 4.0 Technologies.

Marine and Maritime Field

  • Blue Economy: new business models.
  • Sustainability of the marine environment.
  • Recovery of degraded marine areas.
  • Security and Defence.
  • Real-time modelling and data collection.
  • More resistant advanced materials.
  • Use of renewable energies.
  • Shipbuilding.
  • Materials Technology.
  • Sensorization.
  • 4.0 Technologies.
  • Dual technologies.
  • Security and defence technologies.

Energy field

  • Cleaner and smarter cities.
  • Smart buildings (Positive Energy Buildings).
  • Biomass from agricultural and agro-industrial waste, agrivoltaic.
  • Biogas from solid organic waste.
  • Concentrated solar energy (CSP).
  • Energy efficiency.
  • Self-consumption.
  • Energy communities.
  • Wind power.
  • Biogas upgrading.
  • Renewable energies. Photovoltaics. Shallow geothermal.
  • Electrical energy storage technologies: batteries.
  • Recycling of batteries and photovoltaic panels.
  • Biorefineries.
  • Biofuels. Biomethane, others.
  • Green hydrogen.
  • Mechanical storage technologies.

Chemistry field

  • Plastic recovery and reuse.
  • Reuse of materials.
  • Reduction of waste
  • Nano and microencapsulation of substances.
  • Removal of microplastics.
  • Sustainable and circular production.
  • Identification of active ingredients for pharmacy.
  • Cosmetics.
  • Safe and Sustainable through Design.
  • Manufacture of active ingredients under GMP standards.
  • Obtaining bioproducts
  • Green hydrogen.
  • New materials. Graphene.
  • Sustainable composites and advanced materials.
  • Sustainable polyurethanes. 
  • Biodegradable bioplastics.
  • Nanotechnology.
  • Supercritical C02.
  • Biorefineries.
  • Lyophilisation.

Enabling and
disruptive technologies,
ICT and others

  • Digital transformation of the company: servitization, flexible production chain, customisation of products, manufacture of short series.
  • Rapid manufacturing.
  • Predictive maintenance.
  • Visual recognition.
  • Data analysis.
  • Virtual representation and simulation.
  • Protection against cybercrime.
  • Migration to the cloud.
  • Gamification.
  • Indoor positioning.
  • Increased creativity.
  • Technological Surveillance and Competitive Intelligence.
  • Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, IoT, Blockchain, 5G, WiFi 6.0.
  • Collaborative robotics. Drones.
  • Intelligent automation.
  • Additive Printing.
  • Augmented/Virtual reality.
  • Digital Twin.
  • Cybersecurity technologies.
  • Cloud computing.
  • Metaverse.
  • Natural language processing.
  • RPA (robotic process automation).

Policy Mix

Transformative Routes and horizontal programmes will specify public-private financing and collaboration mechanisms, as well as support programmes (Policy Mix) that channel such public-private effort, for the achievement of the objectives set.

The Policy Mix will support the identification process of transformative projects and initiatives (EDP), providing the programmes that will serve to accelerate the implementation of the projects and initiatives that are identified.

Strategic objectives
Promoting the generation and transfer of knowledge, and the assimilation of advanced technologies.
IE1.1 Aid for the implementation of R&D&I business projects
  • Industry 4.0 grant scheme (0E1.1,/0E1.2.)
  • Digital enablers 4.0 grant scheme (0E11,/0E1.2.)
  • R&D grant scheme (OE1.1)
  • R&D voucher grant scheme (0E1.1./0E1.3.)
  • Fisheries and aquaculture innovation schemes (FEMPA 2.1.1 and 11.10)
  • Open Innovation Scheme

IE1.2 Support for research of excellence

  • IMIDA applied research projects (ERDF OE11)
  • Groups Supplementary Plans Research aid schemes (PRTR)
  • Other Supplementary Plans Research
  • Groups Excellence Aid Schemes

IE1.3 Promote a strategy of specialisation and provision of R&D&I services and projects of the Technology Centres, and of the Science and Technology Parks

  • Technology Centres grant scheme (OE11.)
  • PCM and PTFA services and infrastructures

IE1.4 Strengthening scientific, technological and other supporting infrastructures

  • CTNET network (including EIBTS)
  • R&D Equipment: UMU Health Campus, Faculty of Health and Sports Sciences, Campus of San Javier, Cartagena School of Nursing
Strategic objectives
Promoting entrepreneurship and the creation of companies by valuing knowledge.

IE2.1 Support for incubators of ideas, accommodation and advice for start-ups , university spin-offs , as well as their financing with seed capital, business angels , etc.

  • Aid to promote entrepreneurship and innovation (incubators)
  • Aid for the entry of private investors in start-ups
  • Promoting entrepreneurship and EiBT and EPTE aid
  • Acceleration services
  • Proof-of-concept schemes
  • VET Entrepreneurship Classrooms (MRR)
Strategic objectives
Encouraging talent generation, onboarding, attraction and retention.

IE3.1 Attraction of researchers of international relevance

  • Jiménez De La Espada and Saavedra Fajardo Schemes (Visiting Researchers)

IE3.2 Support for the training and incorporation of technologists, research staff and VETs in companies, technology centres, universities and research organisations

  • Schemes for the completion of PhD thesis
    boosting scheme
  • Innovation management schemes
  • Recruiting of technologists, PhD and VET in RIS4 areas
  • Bringing together ERASMUS, VET and university students, and incorporating them into companies
  • Dual vocational education and training –VET (ESF+)

IE3.3 Adaptation of the supply of university degrees and vocational training courses to companies’ demand for knowledge

  • TFG/TFM scheme for the development of business proposals (CMN)
  • Dual University education
  • Curriculum flexibility Schemes VET (F.Prop)
  • Master’s Degree in Vocational Training (specialisation) (MRR)

IE3.4 Training for smart specialisation, industrial transition and entrepreneurship

  • Accelerator of innovation
  • Industry 4.0 Training/ Sustainability / Digitisation
  • Training of new business initiatives
  • Capacity building for European projects
  • Training and Specialisation VETs in RIS3 areas
  • ATECA Classrooms (Applied and Disruptive Technology) (MRR)
  • PERAL Patent and Trademark Service
Strategic objectives
Supporting the economic and knowledge capacities of the Region of Murcia and its integration into the global economy.


II 1.2 Supporting innovation through advanced business services
  • Innovation voucher
  • Sustainability voucher
  • Industrial design grant scheme


II 1.3 Extension of the digital economy and services to improve the competitiveness of businesses
  • ICT voucher
  • E-commerce voucher
  • Innovation & Digitisation grant schemes


II 2.1 Promotion of the transfer of international technology by companies and public and private bodies that generate knowledge and research
  • EEN-SEIMED International Technology Transfer Services

II 2.2 Internationalisation of postgraduate degrees through double or joint degrees with foreign universities

  • Consortia with European Universities (UPCT and UMU)


II 2.4 Organisation of international conferences, scientific meetings and workshops
  • Jiménez De La Espada programme (conference organisation)


II 3.1 Advice, search for partners and financing of international R&D&I projects
  • ‘Europe’ voucher
  • Services for participation in European EEN-SEIMED programmes
  • CMN dynamisation projects


II 3.3 Promoting the internationalisation of Murcia-based companies
  • EEN-SEIMED internationalisation services
  • Internationalisation
  • Sectoral Diversification
  • Improving entrepreneurial talent
  • Expansion of export base
Strategic objectives
Promoting cooperative and multidisciplinary R&D&I among all public and private actors.


IH1.1 Promotion of strategic cooperation projects.
  • Strategic projects and public-private cooperation
  • Agrinnova Office Aid to Operational Groups (EAFRD Submeasure 16.1)
  • LEADER projects agricultural innovation with companies and researchers (EU)
  • Support for innovation projects OCAs-CDAs (Regional Agricultural Office Agricultural Demonstration Centres)
  • Fisheries and aquaculture innovation programmes (EMFAF 2.1.1 and 11.10)


IH2.1 Organisation and promotion of events and forums for the prospecting, identification and exchange of needs and technological solutions.
  • Brokerage Events (OE1.1. / COSME)
  • Technology Conferences
Strategic objectives
Encouraging networking and participation.


IH3.1 Thematic innovation circles for the identification of business needs, their connection with the offer of knowledge and the discovery of business opportunities.
  • RIS4 working groups ( Networking Initiatives)


IH3.2 Promotion of the regional technology transfer platform, and commercialisation of innovation.
  • DirectTTo platform (OE1.1.)
  • Marketing of innovation (INNOVAM+)


IH3.3 Networks for the provision of existing equipment and laboratories in research organisations to all actors in the ETC System.
  • AGORA DIH Resources Region of Murcia
  • COVID infrastructure catalogue
  • Infrastructures of Supplementary Research Plans
Strategic objectives
Promotion of innovative culture and social innovation.


IH4.1 Promoting Entrepreneurial Administration and Supporting Social Innovation.
  • Murcia InnoLab Projects
  • Murcia Innova Projects
  • InDemand/ CHERRIES /InDemand RCT Project
  • Humanities and Social Sciences Research projects
  • Programme of aid for social innovation


IH5.1 Awards for business innovation and young researchers.
  • Innovation Awards
  • RIS4 Awards for companies and researchers
  • CEI Mare Nostrum Awards


IH5.2 Actions to raise awareness and social dissemination of innovative culture.
  • Internationalisation and Innovation Forum
  • F Design Forum
  • Science and Technology Week
  • Industry 4.0 sensitisation (ADDITIVE, ROBOTIKA, MIA, etc.)/Digitisation
  • RIS4 Region of Murcia Unique event
  • Region of Murcia Scientific Olympics


IH5.3 Promoting innovation from the public sector.
  • Innovative Public Procurement
  • Demand-driven co-creation

Sectoral thematic working groups

The Governance of the RIS4 Region of Murcia is supported by the other agents of the R+D+I ecosystem through the working groups.
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Footwear and Fashion
  • Naval Maritime
  • Tourism
  • Water and Environment
  • Home
  • Logistics and Transport
  • Agribusiness
  • Chemistry
  • Agribusiness Support
  • Energy
  • Industry 4.0 and Digitisation

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