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Increase of enterprises' competitiveness through innovation investments

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Wzrost konkurencyjnosci przedsiebiorstw poprzez innowacyjne inwestycje
2014 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
2.4. Demonstration projects, proto-types and proofs of concepts
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:

The main objective of this support measure is to improve the competitiveness and innovation capacity of companies. It is one of the new instruments to be financed within the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. The design of this measure was inspired by a similar instrument implemented at national level (in relation to R&D activities) and at regional level (in relation to competitiveness) during the 2007-2013 programming period.

Within this support measure, the funding will be provided for the following types of projects:

  1. Investment in micro-enterprises;
  2. Investment in SMEs (i.e. business investment grants for enterprises to increase their competitiveness especially through projects concerning the implementation of product or process innovation in enterprises); and
  3. SMEs investment in new technologies.

The target group (final beneficiaries) of this support measure are enterprises.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
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?:
It is too early to judge the success of the measure (e.g results of first call for proposals still not known).
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

It is still too early to provide any evidence of outcomes.

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

In summary, the most important “Do’s and Don’ts” when planning a similar measures are as follows:

  • Make sure that the level of funding is sufficient to perform the planned activities;
  • Put in place comprehensive selection process/criteria;
  • Avoid fragmentation of efforts (too many projects spread across too many thematic areas); and
  • Guarantee professional and flexible management during the implementation phase.
Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible
Evaluation report(s)