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Programme for supporting the Industry and SMEs in Aragón (PAIP)

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Programa de Ayudas a la Industria y a la Pyme en Aragón (PAIP)
2016 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
5.3. Innovation awareness-raising
Presentation of the measure:

PAIP aims to support SMEs located in Aragón with projects that classify as an industrial activity in any given field and have potential to produce social or economic added-value.
To achieve this, PAIP funds a set of actions, namely:

  • Investment – assets to create or expand an establishment, diversify production, addition of new products or any other necessary modification in the production process or the establishment
  • Industrial research – planned studies to gain knowledge and skills for developing new products, processes or services, or improve the existing ones, e.g. technology validation
  • Experimental development – acquisition, combination, configuration and application of scientific and technological knowledge and techniques to elaborate or improve products, procedures or services.
  • Innovation – covers patents and other intellectual property rights costs, as well as consulting services
Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 114000015400002306186
EU Structural Funds 114000015400002306186
Private funds
Form of funding provided
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:

PAIP continues the labour initiated by the former ‘Programme for supporting the competitive development of the industrial activity in Aragón’ (ADIA, 2009 - 2015). Besides its duration, the budget has consistently increased along with the number of applications, which shows the great interest and impact it generates.
List of beneficiaries 2018

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

The Programme intends to support those projects that introduce innovative aspects in the industrial activities developed by SMEs in Aragón. The comprehensive understanding of the activities incentivised, ranging from the modernisation of processes to the development of new products, is an asset to efficiently cover all the needs that might be a turning point for the success of projects.  Moreover, it is a measure sustained over time, which allows for a real impact in competitiveness.

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