Rural Development

Rural Development

The objective of this area is the sustainable development of the rural area of ​​the Nansa Valley in Cantabria using its own natural, landscape, economic and cultural resources. For this reason, work is based on six stages of action: definition, choice of territory, territorial and landscape analysis, diagnosis and drafting the action and implementation plan.

One of the actions proposed to promote the creation of business projects located in the Nansa and Peñarrubia Valley is the “NANSAEMPRENDE” Business Initiatives Programme.


Information about the area of Rural Development

Learn about all the programmes promoted by the Botin Foundation from the Rural Development area.

Heritage and Territory Programme

Heritage and Territory Programme

An initiative whose objective is to promote sustainable development dynamics in a rural area of Cantabria: the Nansa Valley and Peñarrubia.

Economic Development

Economic Development

Programme for the economic development of the rural environment based on traditionally developed activities, such as agriculture, livestock, hospitality, crafts, etc.

Rural Dynamization

Rural Dynamization

Socio-cultural animation activities, aimed at both the elderly and children and young people, based on a work principle of closeness required by any rural development initiative.

Rural Development Team

Rural Development Team

Meet the professionals who work to energise and promote the sustainable development of rural areas.


Discover the Nansa Valley and Peñarrubia

The Nansa and Peñarrubia Valley Guide is now available. A way to get to know the valley in all its aspects: geography, history, heritage, art, landscapes, routes, gastronomy, accommodation, crafts… and much more.

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Opinions about Rural Development

"The support of the Botin Foundation in technology transfer has been essential for our work in the development of orphan drugs in the field of cell and gene therapy for rare diseases that affect the blood. An important milestone of our close collaboration is the strategic alliance with the biotechnology company Rocket Pharmaceuticals, Ltd., which will make it possible to take our developments to patients ".

DR. JUAN BUEREN. Director of the Division of Innovative Hematopoietic Therapies CIEMAT):

"The Botin Foundation Technology Transfer Programme, of which I have had the privilege of being a part in recent years, has had a transformative effect on my research group. It has offered us a broader vision of the work we do, without losing our ability to make fundamental discoveries. It has also taught us to value more and better our work and its importance to society. "

Researcher and Director of the National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO):

"If a few years ago they had told me that today I would be collaborating with chemists to generate new antitumor drugs, that I would sign an agreement with a multinational pharmaceutical company to find new drugs and that I would be an advisor to a major American biotechnology company, I probably would not have believed it. And even less that I would do it with the same interest that I dedicate to basic research. And that both activities, in addition to being compatible, complement each other. This is what Fundación Botin has meant to me ".

Researcher for the Centro de Regulación Genómica, Barcelona:

"Participation in the Botin Foundation's Technology Transfer programme gave me a new vision of the process of converting knowledge into wealth. Those principles inspired the launch of the technology transfer unit at IRB Barcelona."

Researcher and Director of the Instituto de Investigación Biomédica, Barcelona:

"For my research team, belonging to this programme is like opening a window from which to contemplate the possible applications to the productive and social sector of what we do in the laboratory. The professionals of the Foundation provide us with a different and complementary vision, teaching us to think about how to transfer our discoveries to society for the benefit of its citizens. This unique support fosters our creativity in areas that we have never contemplated. "

DRA. ISABEL FARIÑAS. Researcher at Valencia University:

"The help from the Botin Foundation has had a transforming effect on our group with profound and lasting consequences. The financial contribution has allowed us to tackle complex technological challenges, such as cell therapy. I consider the programme's emphasis on the transference component of the research to be especially valuable, with conceptual and methodological support to the groups. This programme, unique in Spain (and part of Europe), is changing the mentality of scientists and institutions".

Researcher and Director of the Instituto de Biomedicina, Sevilla:

"The Technology Transfer programme is not only being of great importance to transform the transfer of my research group, but it is also serving as a key instrument in the transformation of the transfer throughout the Pompeu Fabra University."

DR. FRANCESC POSAS. Pompeu Fabra University:

"My interaction with the Botin Foundation opens the doors to a world that I considered alien, that of knowledge transfer, and gives me the necessary knowledge to know where to start transferring our research to society."

DR. ÓSCAR FERNÁNDEZ-CAPETILLO. National Centre for Oncological Research (CNIO):