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Incentives for product, process and organisational innovation in SMEs

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Incentivi a sostegno dell’innovazione di prodotto, di processo e organizzativa delle piccole e medie imprese
Policy objectives Plus
2.1. R&D cooperation projects between academy and industry
3.2. Training and life-long learning of researchers and any other personnel involved in innovation
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:

This initiative supports micro enterprises and SMEs (belonging to manufacturing, construction and business services) that intend to develop business and market innovations.
In particular, this initiative aims to:

  • Support the development of innovation and innovation capacity, encouraging activities that promote product innovation, process and organizational innovation;
  • Support initiatives that concern the development of measures designed to promote firms' innovation, increasing knowledge necessary to product, process and organizational innovation also through the exchange of expertise with large companies and research organizations.

This measure sponsors investiments in internal  and external human capital (e.g. researchers from research institutions), contract research, consultancies and patent acquisitions.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds 3300000
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds
Private funds
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
The measure has achieved its intended targets in terms of results (e.g. number of enterprises investing in innovative projects, people trained)
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

The outcomes are very encouraging since the innovation through SMEs improved since the start of the measure.

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

Similar measures need to be targeted to a small number of industries, supporting the implementation of a smart specialisation strategy, and encouraging firms' engagement with research institutions. 

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