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Innovation support in companies

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Betriebliche Innovationsprojekte
Duration:
2013 to 2018
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:

This measure promotes innovation in the federal state Salzburg and implements the strategic goals elaborated in the Economic Programme 2020 “Business Location Future”. Pursuing the objective to initiate, strengthen and accelerate innovation activities of regional companies in order to improve market opportunities of regional companies, competitiveness of the regional economy and positive effects on employment. Regional companies that are member of the regional Economic Chamber and realise the innovation project in Salzburg can apply for funding. Grants can amount to 20% of eligible costs (max. €20,000). An additional bonus (up to 5% of eligible costs, maximum €5,000) can be granted for environmental and resource friendly effects of the project, for companies located in the southern part of the state; or for collaborative innovation projects of two companies. At most, two bonuses can be granted, leading to total maximum grants of €30,000. Project-related cooperation with scientific and research institutions can be supported by this measure (subsidy rate: 40%).
The measure grants support for industrial research, precompetitive development, the development of new products and services, the development of new production processes, and the significant improvement of products, services and processes. Support is granted for a maximum period of 24 months. Eligible for support are personnel costs, employer’s salary, general expenses, instruments and apparatus, immaterial investments (patents, licenses, etc.), external development, and external consulting, if these are linked to the innovation project and cannot be supported by national funding. Eligible costs must at least be €20,000 (budgetary ceiling: €100,000).
Proposals are to be submitted at the unit for business and research promotion of the Regional Government. Important decision criteria for granting support are the project’s contribution to the strategic objectives (presented in the Economic Programme 2020), the regional impact and innovative content of the project, as well as economic criteria of the applicant.
 
The programme period has been extended until 31 December 2018.
 

Budget, source and type of funding
Year
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural funds
Private funds
Other
Form of funding provided
Grants
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:

Evaluation reports or other evidence are not 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 promotional programme is based on the strategic guidelines detailed in the Economic Programme 2020 (“Business Location Future”) and directly refers to the defined objectives, both with respect to regional economic policy, to regional targets fields, and to intra-regional differences. It can thus be considered as good example for implementing strategic goals in the region. Implementing a similar measure requires to consider the regional business structure and adapt it to specific regional needs, and to align it with existing development strategies.
 

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