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Innovative enterprises

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Innowacyjne przedsiebiorstwa
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
5.4. Innovation management and advisory services
Presentation of the measure:

The main objective of this support measure is to increase R&D activities 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 during the 2007-2013 programming period that provided support for business R&D activities.

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

  1. Support for R&D activities in enterprises (e.g. projects that are related to industrial research and experimental development, technological innovation, pilot lines, demonstration prototypes, assessment of the project’s commercial potential, and acquisition of R&D result or IPRs);
  2. Creation and development of R&D infrastructure in enterprises;
  3. Services for enterprises (e.g. specialised services provided by business intermediary institutions, such as: technology parks, technology transfer offices, academic entrepreneurship incubators and other organisations supporting innovation processes in enterprises, and innovation vouchers); and
  4. Development and professionalisation of offer provided by business intermediary institutions.

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

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds 1107897110789711078971107897110789711078971107897
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds 18671969186719691867196918671969186719691867196918671969
Private funds 2187156218715621871562187156218715621871562187156
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