Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d
Fundación para el Conocimiento Madrimasd (madri+d, fmid) is a non-profit organization established in 2002 on the initiative of the Regional Government of Madrid. Its objectives are strengthening and coordinating the Madrid R&D Regional System through joint projects and actions in the areas of:
- Technology-based entrepreneurship
- Technology transfer
- European Research Area
- Science and Society
- Quality of the Higher Education System
Fmid aims at promoting the development of science and technology knowledge and culture (with the help of its web portal www.madrimasd.org), enhancing technology innovation and consolidating joint actions between the scientific and business communities, supporting technology transfer and commercialization activities, developing a framework to encourage start-ups from R&D projects, fostering the participation in European R&D programmes, and improving the quality of the Higher Education system in the Region of Madrid.
Fundación para el Conocimiento madri+d actively participates in European programmes and projects and is involved in European networks like EBN, EBAN, ERAWATCH, EURAXESS, and ENTERPRISE EUROPE NETWORK.
Towards the end of 2013, the Agency for Quality, Accreditation and Prospective of the Universities of Madrid, ACAP, was absorbed into fmid. Thus the activities related to evaluation, certification and accreditation of institutions, programmes, and individuals of the Madrid Higher Education System were taken over by fmid.
The merger of the two institutions was reflected in the revision of the fmid Articles of Association, approved on 20 December 2013, in the meeting of the Board of Trustees, and endorsed by the publication of the Decree 63/2014, of 29 May, which designates the Fundación para el Conocimiento Madrimasd as the official assessment body for the Madrid Higher Education System. The updated mission of fmid in the new Articles of Association reflects the expansion of the Foundation’s mandate:
“The Foundation’s goal is to contribute to converting the quality in Higher Education, science, technology and innovation into a key element in the competitiveness and wellbeing of the citizens”.