Innovation Strategies

At Isdefe, innovation pursues objectives inherent to its nature as a government agency:

Knowledge generation, anticipation of needs and improvement of engineering and consulting services in the areas in which the company operates.

Through innovation, Isdefe can anticipate and train itself to support the challenges of the Public Administration in the future with the best guarantees.

The 2022-2025 Strategic Plan includes the Innovation Plan, an operational plan that develops the “Innovation” actions of the “Service Specialization” strategic objective.

Isdefe's innovation plan seeks to strengthen the company's leadership in the company's sectors of activity, promoting innovative culture and knowledge management

Innovation activities


To anticipate and prepare for the challenges of the future, Isdefe has the Red Horizontes and is developing a technology and industrial foresight Hub.

The Red Horizontes is a flexible set of foresight and technology watch observatories articulated through specific or permanent collaborations with universities and benchmark organizations. The observatories draw up reports that make it possible to detect future trends in the technological areas of interest to Isdefe.

In 2022, the Network is made up of 7 observatories with their respective strategic alliances:


Polytechnic School of the University of Alcalá (UAH)

ICT and Digital Advancement

Polytechnic School of the University of Alcalá (UAH)


University of Zaragoza (UNIZAR)


Carlos III University of Madrid (UC3M)

Air Traffic Management

School of Aeronautical and Space Engineering (ETSIAE) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

Defense and Security

School of Telecommunication Engineering (ETSIT) of the Polytechnic University of Madrid (UPM)

Systems Engineering, Logistics and Program Management

International Council on Systems Engineering (INCOSE) Spanish Association of Systems Engineering (AEIS)


In order for Isdefe to maintain its position as a public benchmark for innovation in defense and security, it carries out R&D&I projects, as well as various activities related to systems engineering.

During 2022, the company participated in 8 R&D projects co-funded by the European Commission, 4 projects of the Horizon 2020 program in the security challenge and 4 SESAR2 projects. In addition, Isdefe developed 6 R&D projects with its own funding


Isdefe involves its staff as much as possible in the innovation process, as a guarantee of offering a better service to its clients.

Isdefe fosters a culture of innovation and offers an environment in which they can all contribute by generating ideas, carrying out projects and collaborating with other agents in the innovative ecosystem, which translates into:

•R&D&I Idea Capture and Management Program During 2022, the staff submitted 21 proposals.

•IX edition of the National Congress of R&D in Defense and Security (DESEi+d 2022), which was held in Pontevedra in November 2022, and there financed the two awards for the best communications of the congress.


Through the dissemination and exploitation of results, Isdefe aims to disseminate the knowledge obtained and generate a return on the investment made. The results of innovation activities lead to an improvement in the services provided and the possibility of offering new services to current and potential clients.

In 2022, 6 Knowledge Transfer Sessions (KTS) were held, 4 on the results of the Red Horizontes and 2 on the results of R&D&I Projects.

In addition, in April 2022 the first Innovation Week was held at Isdefe, focused on the Space sector, with broad participation by the company’s staff, clients and collaborators. Multiple communication and dissemination actions were also carried out, mainly on Isdefe’s LinkedIn and YouTube.

Innovation figures for 2022

Red Horizontes

6 alliances

7 technology observatories

7 student awards


of investment in the Red

R&D projects

8 financed with EU funds

6 financed with own funds

542 k€

from the European Commission

Innovative Culture

21 innovative ideas received

2 Isdefe awards in DESEi+D 22

7,5 k€

in innovation awards

Promotion and exploitation

6 knowledge transfer sessions

1st Innovation Week (Space)

20 post

Innovation in Linkedin Isdefe


Isdefe promotes different innovation activities with the aim of generating knowledge, anticipating the needs of the administration and improving engineering and consulting services in the company’s areas of activity. In 2022 it took place:

1st Isdefe Innovation Week
Recognition ceremony of the 7th Call for Proposals of the R&D&I Ideas Capture and Management Program.