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Innovation in SMEs

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Innowacje w MŚP
2014 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
4.2. Organisational, process and other non-R&D innovation
Presentation of the measure:

Improvement in development of SMEs is supported through measure 3.3 “Innowacje w MŚP” of the Regional Operational Programme of the Mazowieckie Voivodeship 2014-2020.

The main objective of this support measure is to increase companies’ innovation capacity. It is one of the new instruments financed within the Regional Operational Programme 2014-2020. The design of this measure was inspired by a similar instrument implemented during the 2007-2013 programming period that provided support for investment projects in enterprises. Within this support measure, funding is provided for the following types of projects:

  1. Development of products, services and process innovation (i.e. introduction to the market new and improved products/services, and carrying out major changes of production process or service delivery, implementation of R&D results);
  2. E-commerce and advanced ICT solutions (development of products and services based on ICT).

Support is provided through grants and financial instruments depending on the level of risks associated with the investment. The target group (final beneficiaries) of this support measure are existing SMEs. Priority is given to enterprises active within areas identified as priorities in RIS3.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds 125125892125125892125125892125125892125125892125125892125125892
Private funds 102375730102375730102375730102375730102375730102375730102375730
Form of funding provided
Subsidised loans (including interest allowances)
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There is evidence of an impact of the measure based on verifiable indicators or an evaluation (e.g. sales generated from new products, jobs created, etc.)
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

As the mid-term evaluation of the regional operational programme report indicates, the expected outcomes of the support measure will be achieved by 2023. In fact, interim progress of the measures’ implementation is advanced, especially considering indicators measuring grant mechanisms (e.g. number of enterprises receiving grants). This stems mainly from the fact that non-refundable support is more attractive to enterprises than financial instruments in the form of subsidised loans. However, indicators measuring outcomes of refundable support are also predicted to achieve their final targets set for 2023. The report stresses that the support measure is met with large interest from enterprises, and in fact demand exceeds available funding.

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:

  • Design adequate/comprehensive mechanisms to ensure that the support contributes to achieving behavioural changes of companies;
  • Give preference to projects characterised by higher innovation potential;
  • Focus on excellence when selecting the projects for funding; and
  • Guarantee professional and flexible management during the implementation phase.

Due to the fact that refundable financial instruments (subsidised loans) are less popular with enterprises, than non-refundable support (grants), it is important to conduct appropriate promotional and informational activities, which address beneficiaries doubts and caution.

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