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Spanish Cooperation launches its grants portal at an event presided over by Their Majesties the King and Queen
17/02/2021
Their Majesties the King and Queen presided over today’s launch of the Grants Portal of Spanish Cooperation (https://becascooperacionespanola.es) – an event organised by the State Secretary for International Cooperation to raise the visibility of the grants, assistantships and internship programmes of the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (Spanish acronym: AECID) and the Carolina Foundation on a single platform.

Under the slogan “Grants that change lives”, the new web page facilitates direct access by applicants to the different links of the grants on offer and unites the complete offer from both institutions for 2021: more than 1,000 grants valued at 14 million euros, aligned with the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and to share knowledge.

10% of the grants are allocated to Spanish citizens and the remaining 90% to nationals of partner countries of Spanish Cooperation.

Since its creation, 38,000 people from five continents have benefitted from the Spanish Cooperation grants of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, above all in the Ibero-American Community of Nations, where most of the priority countries are located.

EDUCATION, THE FUTURE OF SOCIETIES

In his speech, the King praised the efforts of AECID and of the Carolina Foundation in the field of international academic mobility. Felipe VI stressed that “education is the future of societies, the best guarantee of prosperity and an investment that generates social and economic benefits, and supportive and committed citizens”.

For her part, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, highlighted the joint work of AECID and the Carolina Foundation, which is in line with the priorities set by the ministerial department she heads up: to boost international cooperation, step up public-private alliances, involve universities more and foster gender equality. “Unity in this also makes us stronger”, she asserted.

From Viana Palace in Madrid, where the event was held, the State Secretary for International Cooperation, Ángeles Moreno Bau, stressed that these grants are “internationally renowned for their excellence on cultural matters, universities and culture, a boost to talent in partner counters and in Spanish society”. In her opinion, grants also change mentalities, since mobility enriches and generates prosperity.

Due to the limitations stemming from COVID-19, the number of people attending the event was limited to the relevant public officials, including the Directors of AECID, Magdy Martínez-Solimán, and of the Carolina Foundation, José Antonio Sanahuja, together with representatives from the world of academia and from the private sector in their condition as trustees of the two institutions.

The event was broadcast live and included the recorded testimony of two grant beneficiaries – the Spanish architect, José Ignacio Carnicero, and the Colombian teacher and researcher, Angie Y. Valoyes Valoyes, who spoke of the impact of the grants on their life experiences and professional careers.

MORE THAN 1,000 GRANTS

Over the course of their 74 editions, the AECID grants have consolidated their prestige revolved around three main lines of action: training human capital, promoting Spanish at foreign universities, and promoting the arts and artistic residences.

This year, the flagship of Spanish development cooperation has widened its offer of Grants for Young Volunteers, Water Grants, Africa-MED Grants for citizens from Africa and the Middle East, and the RAISA Visitors Programme, aimed at women leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa. Furthermore, the programme for Spaniards includes cultural management grants, development cooperation and the mobility of teachers and artistic studies abroad.

For its part, in the 2020-2021 edition, the Carolina Foundation offers training and research opportunities in all the fields of the 2030 Agenda, with grants that cover all areas of knowledge, structured through the following modalities: post graduate, doctorate programmes and short post-doctorate stays, mobility programme for teachers, a grants programme and institutional studies.

The Carolina Foundation heads up excellence in academic cooperation between Spain and Latin America, and maintains a STEM grants programme for women, and has launched a bi-centenary grants programme in priority areas for the sustainable development of Central American countries.

 
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