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Public infrastructure for research and innovation

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Publiczna infrastruktura na rzecz badań i innowacji
2014 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
1.3. Research infrastructures
Presentation of the measure:

The main objective of this support measure is to increase commercialisation of R&D activities. 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 during the 2007-2013 programming period that provided support for R&D infrastructure projects of scientific research institutions.

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

  1. Purchase of tangible assets (incl. R&D equipment and specialised research laboratories that are necessary for carrying out R&D activities for enterprises);
  2. Purchase of intangible assets that are necessary for carrying out R&D activities for enterprises.

The tenderer/beneficiary is obliged to indicate the planned increase of turnover from enterprises in the total turnover of entity undertaking such project. The target group (final beneficiaries) of this support measure are scientific research institutions and science-industry consortia.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds 33896373338963733389637333896373338963733389637333896373
Private funds 5981713598171359817135981713598171359817135981713
Form of funding provided
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There has been a positive response by beneficiaries to the measure (e.g. over-subscribed in terms of requested versus available budget) but it is too early to judge results or impact
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

The vast majority of funds allocated to supporting R&D infrastructure at universities were used (91%).  If the contracted projects will be implemented, the target values of all indicators should be achieved and even significantly exceeded. It results from higher than assumed values of indicators declared by scientific units implementing projects under Measure 1.1. However, it should be emphasized that the above statement is based on forecasts.

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:

  • Analyse the industry demand for research activities to be performed on the newly planned infrastructure;
  • Ensure that a part of the income associated with using the infrastructure is generated by the private sources;
  • Thoroughly check the provisions concerning the State Aid; and
  • Avoid making similar investments undertaking elsewhere, as most likely this will have a negative impact on the sustainability of investment.
Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
Organisation(s) responsible
Evaluation report(s)