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According to the diagnosis presented in the Regional Operational Programme for Swietokrzyskie for 2014-2020, in the Swietokrzyskie region one can observe a limited number of innovative enterprises, as well as a low GERD and BERD as a share of regional GDP. The measure 1.2. “R&D capacity of Swietokrzyskie companies ”, implemented in the form of a grant scheme in the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for Swietokrzyskie for 2014-2020, was designed as one of the regional policy tools for fostering a positive change in abovementioned situation by increasing the level of R&D activities that are carried out by regioanl companies. The following activities (connected with the regional smart specialisation areas) were identified as eligible for funding under this support measure:
The total allocation of the measure amounts to €61m, and the eligible beneficiaries are companies (including big companies) from the Świętokrzyskie region.
The Regional Operational Programme for Swietokrzyskie for 2014-2020 includes five result-oriented indicators to measure the progress to be achieved by this instrument; however their target values will be estimated only in the near future. One should indicate that one of the indicators (‘The number of the R&D projects developed in the SMEs’) was used in the previous programming period 2007-2013 in the framework of the Regional Operational Programme, and its final value amounted to 255, which indicates a high appropriateness of this type of measures to the needs of regional companies.
The experience gained during the implementation of similar support measures in the previous programming period, indicate that a measure focused on the support for R&D investment projects attracts more companies than the support for implementation of research projects.