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Grants for knowledge transfer projects from R&D organisations to SMEs

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Subvenciones destinadas a financiar proyectos de transferencia de conocimiento de organismos de investigación a PYMES
2016 to 2018
Policy objectives Plus
2.3. Knowledge transfer structures between academia and industry
2.1. R&D cooperation projects between academy and industry
Presentation of the measure:

This measure supports the knowledge transfer projects between R&D organisations and SMEs based in Castilla y León.
The beneficiaries of this grant are SMEs and freelancers that work on the priority sectors defined in the Smart Specialisation Strategy (RIS3).
This support measure funds projects aimed at:

  • Acquisition of real rights regarding patents and utility models;
  • Pilot projects with technological nature;
  • Obtainment of prototypes involving research findings transfer or evaluation.

The grant covers a maximum of 50% of the subcontracting expenditures for the knowledge transfer service provided by a University, technological centres or research centres. Grants are from €5,000 up to €100,000.
A new call is foreseen by the end of 2018.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds €1,250,000
EU Structural Funds €1,250,000
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

No information available yet.

What are the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” that regional stakeholders should be aware of when launching a similar measure?:

This measure supports the Innovation of regional SMEs since it pursues the collaboration industry – academia with the aim to provide useful knowledge to SMEs based in the region.
On the other hand, the measure only covers 50% of the eligible costs. Taking into account the tight budget of SMEs, the measure may not be accessible for all the potential applicants.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?: