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Promotion of research and innovation, or / and of use of research and technology results, to production and commercial activity of existing and new SMEs, especially in agriculture and tourism

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Προώθηση της έρευνας και της καινοτομίας, ή / και της χρήσης των αποτελεσμάτων έρευνας και τεχνολογίας, στην παραγωγή και εμπορική δραστηριότητα, υφιστάμενων και νέων ΜΜΕ, ιδιαίτερα στον αγροδιατροφικό τομέα και στον τουρισμό
2017 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
4.3. Fostering start-ups and gazelles
4.5. Knowledge transfer and cooperation between firms (incl. technology acquisition)
Presentation of the measure:
The measure refers to the development of product research centres in the region of Voreio Aigaio aiming to realise industrial research in production sectors and products that proved to be of high priority based on RIS3 entrepreneurial discovery, i.e.:
  • Mechanisms and measures to implement innovation and entrepreneurship in real economy;
  • Development of agri-food sector;
  • Tourism - Nature - Culture; and
  • Islands - Equal opportunities.

In more detail, the measure assists enterprises to incorporate innovations based on their production / business needs and to incorporate innovative results via research programmes. 
The funded Actions will utilise the results of the ongoing entrepreneurial discovery especially regarding:

  • Ability to produce new high demand products based on agricultural products that focuses on research programme implementation in sectors such as pharmaceutical, cosmetics and food industry;
  • Utilisation and deepening on research programme results on mastic sector or / and other regional RIS3 products;
  • Utilisation of funding interest;
  • Opportunities to increase the added value of the regional products; and
  • Opportunities to upgrade the technology capacity of the regional companies and to create new jobs and income.

The impact of the measure will be estimated based on the number of enterprises that are supported and receive funding and on business expenditure on R&D (BERD) as a percentage of regional GDP.
Eligible for funding are enterprises under establishment which will operate in NACE "Scientific research and development" to provide services to sectors / products that are included in the regional RIS3.
The total public funding is €1,250,000 while enterprises are required to contribute by at least 20%. The maximum duration of each funded Action is 18 months.

Eligible costs cover buildings and other facilities costs, instruments and equipment costs, automation and IT system costs, know-how rights and other licenses, studies - market researches and personnel costs.
Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds 62500625006250062500
EU Structural Funds 250000250000250000250000
Private funds 312500312500312500312500
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:

The measure was published in October 2016 and the first call for proposals will last from  January to March 2017.

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

Consultation and collaboration mechanisms should be very well designed and organised in order to allow for timely and accurate sharing of information. Additionally, the existence of knowledge transfer mechanisms / networks is of great importance. Policy makers and public authorities and institutions should actively support these procedures on an ongoing basis.
Since the measure aims to the creation of new enterprises that will provide scientific services in RIS3 priority sectors, it is crucial to minimise / eliminate bureaucratic and other obstacles, including initial funding.

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