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During the preparation phases of ROP Lisbon 2020, it was highlighted the need of increasing business R&D and enhancing the transfer of scientific knowledge to the business sector.
This measure aims therefore at strengthening the links between firms and RTDI supporting institutions, and increasing business investment in innovation activities (product, process, organisation and marketing).
The activities that can be funded under the measure include:
Companies are the target group of the measure. Entities of the scientific and technological system are also eligible in the framework of consortia led by firms.
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (the results of the first calls for proposals are still not known). However, in the context of a relatively similar measure implemented in the Lisbon region under the ROP 2007-2013, 208 project proposals were approved for funding (out of 724 project proposals submitted). The supported projects represented a total eligible investment of €126.5m (ERDF contribution of €71.1m). It is therefore expected that the measure will continue to deserve high demand by the companies based in Lisbon within the new programming cycle.
There is a need to ensure the implementation of a set of complementary measures in order to guarantee that supported activities could be covered along the whole "supply-chain" (from fundamental research until RTD commercialisation, including funding of more broader innovation related activities).
There must be a strict alignment of the supported activities with the priorities set in the context of the regional smart specialisation strategy (RIS3), so as to better ensure that the funded activities can be competitive on a global scale.
Priority should be given to projects that contribute significantly to address major societal challenges (e.g. climate change, energy or health).
Support for large companies under such type of measures should only be granted if the innovations concerned can be promoted at national or international level.