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The overall objective of the IMDEA Program, to which the IMDEA Food Institute belongs, is to carry out socially useful research of international scientific excellence.

The Statutes of the IMDEA Food Institute establish the following foundational purposes: 1 - To conduct scientific research activities of international excellence; 2 - To obtain research of quality and excellence, focused and driven by the real needs of society, specifically aimed at improving the technological level and competitiveness of businesses within the Comunidad de Madrid; 3 - To strengthen collaboration and cooperation with the business sectors related to Science and Food Technology; 4 - To create a framework that facilitates the incorporation of international researchers, creating or using facilities, infrastructure and equipment that allow for internationally competitive research; 5 - To ensure the availability of technologies that will allow for tangible results to be obtained in the medium / long term; 6 - To make better use of research results; 7 - To act as an observatory of the research carried out in these areas, as well as performing prospective tasks; . 8 - To encourage the participation of the general public, mobilizing its resources for the benefit of universities, public research organizations and centers of innovation and technology in the Comunidad de Madrid; 9 - To contribute to the training of researchers and technicians in collaboration with the corresponding academic institutions; 10. To provide graduate programs with the agreement of the corresponding academic institutions.

Therefore, the Mission of the IMDEA Food Institute is to identify nutritional strategies that promote health and well-being throughout life, carrying out original scientific research of excellence at the forefront of knowledge in the field of nutrition, food and health; in accordance with the scientific, economic and social context of the time; with social value; and with the following objectives:

  • To contribute to the advancement of life sciences, food and nutrition.
  • To contribute to the welfare of the population and the efficiency, quality and cost of public services in the field of nutrition and health.
  • To contribute to the competitiveness of Madrid's and Spain's economies, the productivity of businesses and their potential for international expansion.
  • To spread scientific knowledge.

To achieve this through the generation of original scientific results; the development and registration of patents and other forms of intellectual property and their transfer to society, through an efficient model of transfer of technology including the creation of technology-based companies; participation in scientific outreach to society; collaboration with public and private national and international entities; participation in national and international scientific and technological networks; the recruitment of talent; fund-raising for financing all the aforementioned activities.