The SPIDER Consortium

Following a multi-stakeholder approach, SPIDER brings together relevant R&I stakeholders from the EU and LAC to set up a multidisciplinary consortium that enables the successful pursuit of the project’s objectives.

The SPIDER consortium combines the digital transformation and research and innovation (R&I) expertise of organizations from Spain, Portugal, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Ecuador, Brazil, and Costa Rica.


Madrid-based consulting firm INMARK specializes in human-centered digital transformation and international cooperation, covering cross-cutting technology aspects, dissemination strategies, market uptake, stakeholder engagement, and gender issues. 
With leadership experience in facilitating international dialogues and Research & Innovation (R&I) collaboration, INMARK played an important role in implementing EU-CELAC dialogues on Science, Technology, and Innovation (STI), influencing discussions and roadmaps for EU-CELAC Summits.

Deutsches Zentrum Fur Luft - Und Raumfahrt EV

DLR, Germany’s national aeronautics and space research center, engages in collaborative projects globally, spanning aeronautics, space, energy, transportation, and security. The German Space Agency at DLR oversees the national space program, leveraging the expertise of over 55 research institutes.
With experience in EU-funded projects, the Project Management Agency at DLR plays a leading role in reinforcing international cooperation in Research and Innovation (R&I) through policy dialogues and strategic development

Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech)

The Life Supporting Technologies (LifeSTech) research group at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM) specializes in ICT-based services for e-Health and e-Inclusion. Formerly coordinating the EIT-Health Living Labs network, UPM offers a diverse stakeholder ecosystem to support project results. 
With extensive experience in international R&I cooperation, LifeSTech has formal collaborations worldwide, including with Universia, the largest Iberoamerican university network supported by Bank Santander.

Eura Unipessoal LDA

EurA Portugal is part of EurA Group – an innovation consulting with over 20 years of experience in leveraging innovation ecosystems to thrive, with a presence in 14 European locations. EurA executed the European Innovation Council Business Acceleration Services (2017-2023) and coordinates several innovation-related projects and international networks reaching at least 5,000 startups and scale-ups Europe-wide.

EIT Digital

EIT Digital is an autonomous Knowledge and Innovation Community under the European Institute, investing in market adoption and research-driven digital technologies by fostering collaboration for early-stage start-ups/scale-ups through co-funding and business services. 
The EIT Digital community includes 300+ corporations, SMEs, start-ups, universities, and research institutes across Europe, managing an innovation portfolio of 220+ ventures and coordinating activities involving 600+ start-ups.

REUNA Corporación Red Universitaria Nacional

REUNA, Chile’s National Research and Education Network, leads innovative services and digital infrastructure for global cooperation by collaborating with higher education and research institutions.
A partner in the BELLA project, REUNA contributed to the BELLA-T tender evaluation and the EU-funded EVALSO project, linking astronomical centers in Chile. Now, 48 institutions benefit from REUNA’s network featuring connectivity, cloud services, and security through its CSIRT for the academic community.

Corporación Ecuatoriana para el Desarrollo de la investigación y la Academia

CEDIA, Ecuador’s Corporation for Research and Academic Development, drives collaboration among Ecuadorian institutions through innovative projects. As the country’s NREN, CEDIA is instrumental in implementing the BELLA network and enhancing global collaboration with other NRENs.   
Through projects like ELCIRA and MAGIC, CEDIA has implemented tools for international collaboration in R&I and showcased leadership in forming a national coalition across academia, industries, and government for R&I.

Rede nacional de Ensino e Pesquisa

RNP, Brazil’s education and research network, serves as a digital communication and collaboration platform dedicated to fostering innovation in information technology applications.  
As the Brazilian NREN, RNP facilitates the BELLA network connection between South America and Europe. With a vast network and services, RNP connects approximately 1500 campuses in Brazil, extending its support to museums, cultural institutions, teaching hospitals, technology parks, startup incubators, and funding agencies.

Red Conare

Established in 2009 by the Council of Rectors, RedCONARE is Costa Rica’s NREN, dedicated to joining the Latin American Cooperation of Advanced Networks (RedCLARA) by facilitating access for the national scientific community to advanced networks and global scientific collaboration.  
RedCONARE is actively involved in deploying the BELLA network in Costa Rica and other Central American countries. The organization is a leader in training for data science, big data, machine learning, and high-performance computing.

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