The Autonomous University of Madrid forms part of a Network of Excellence (PRIME) approved by the European Commission under the Sixth Framework Program (2004-2008). This project endeavours to guarantee quality participation in PRIME and ensure the best possible outcomes for Spain. The main hypothesis is that non-technological factors are crucial for increasing the innovation capacity of firms - especially SMEs - sectors, regions and, above all, national systems of innovation. Consequently, this proposals principle objective is to study the characteristics of these non-technological factors and their influence on the innovation process in order to improve policy design and effectiveness.
This generic objective is compounded in the following specific objectives.