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Promotion of enterprises' investments in research and innovation

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Promowanie inwestycji przedsiębiorstw w badania i innowacje
2014 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
4.3. Fostering start-ups and gazelles
Presentation of the measure:

The main objective of this support measure is to increase R&D activities in enterprises. 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 the national level during the 2007-2013 programming period.

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

  1. R&D activities in enterprises (i.e. creation or development of R&D base, R&D activities by companies, innovation voucher, IPR protection and a voucher for this purpose, and projects concerning pre-commercial procurement);
  2. Support through the financial instruments (i.e. purchase of R&D results and their application in the first process of production by means of financial instruments, pilot lines, proof of concept, establishment of innovative enterprises on the basis of R&D results through capital investment).

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 105317774105317774105317774105317774105317774105317774105317774
Private funds 57219409572194095721940957219409572194095721940957219409
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?:
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:

Despite the contracting of funds, due to the lack of interest of recipients resulting from the high competition of grant support, the allocation for loans for R&D activities in Sub-measure 1.2.2 will most likely not be used. In addition, the process of selecting the operator of grant projects in sub-measure 1.2.1 was unsuccessful. In turn, projects related to financing the R&D infrastructure and R&D works are very popular.

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)