Spain is the eleventh world power in scientific production, however it falls to the twentieth position in the patent registry: it only contributes 1% of the international total. Therefore, the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities has created a six-year term complementary to the already existing Research, It is called the Knowledge and Innovation Transfer Section, with which students who disseminate what they research are economically and academically rewarded, not only with scientific and economic value, but also as services to the community, with social value.
Once a year the university courts of the National Agency for the Evaluation of Quality and Accreditation (Aneca), they measure the research merits achieved in the last six years by the professors. If the applicant is considered suitable, then he can access the salary supplements established by each university. In addition, obtaining the six-year term is essential to direct a doctoral thesis. This new sexenio of transfer of knowledge, which has been presented today, is complementary to the research, so you can request at the same time this, but never before counting on it.
There was already a sexenio of transfer of knowledge, Campo 0, which now disappears, so cumbersome that in the last convocation only 15 people requested it. In addition, he was focused on science works. This new sexenio not only appreciates that the researcher has created a start-up or spin-off or royalties – owned by scientists and technicians – but what is called "transfer of social value". This section includes agreements and contracts with non-profit entities or administrations public institutions involved in social activities. In addition, it will be assessed that the candidate has published books or articles in the media or participated in the development of a regulation, a law, a report for unions or a clinical guide, for example.
The way of measuring research in Spain in sexenios is very conditioned by the publication of the works in scientific impact journals. "A model that has nothing to do with the usual in humanities careers, social sciences or architecture, in which there is a centuries-old tradition of slow thinking with complex arguments presented through books, and to use the article rather for the disclosure, exactly the opposite that in the pure sciences ", differentiated and denounced this year Miguel Ángel Aníbarro, a professor of Architecture in this newspaper.
This sexenio of transference already contemplated it the previous Government, and the ministry of Pedro Duque has emphasized the brevity with which its implementation has been reached. In fact, it considers that it has been carried out "in record time". Spain is the first country to create an evaluation model of this type, they say in the ministry.
"Our measurement system to reward research has so far only contemplated the transfer of knowledge," stressed the president of the Conference of Rectors (CRUE), Roberto Fernandez, "we are facing a historic event for the Spanish University."