The project was born thanks to the support offered in 1980 by two official Spanish institutions belonging to the Departments of Education and Science, the no longer existing scientific and technical adviser commission and the Spanish council of scientific research (CSIC ) [[http://www.csic.es/].
Successive stages were supported by “Sectorial Promotion Program of General Knowledge”(PGC), of the “General Directorate of Scientific and Technical Research” (DGICYT), named after General Directorate of Higher Education (DGES), also belonging to the Ministry of Research and Culture (MEC). Since 1999 it has been supported by the Directorate General of Research (DGI) of Ministry of Science and Technology (MCyT)
Phase VI (XI-2002 - XI-2005) was also approved by the DGI, within the Sector Programme "Natural Resources" of the National Scientific and Technical Research
Different phases of the project, have also been supported by various programs of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Ministry of Science and Technology, such as "Integrated Actions", or agreements between CSIC and portuguese research institutions.