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R&D capacity of Swietokrzyskie companies

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Badania i rozwój w sektorze świętokrzyskiej przedsiębiorczości
2016 to 2020
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:

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:

  • Implementation of R&D projects aimed at new product/process/service development;
  • Improvement of R&D infrastructure of companies;
  • Conducting of applied research and experimental development activities;
  • Set-up of the demonstration/pilot installations;
  • Prototyping;
  • Validation of technological solutions;
  • First (experimental) production;
  • Purchase of the know-how (results of the R&D activities, including patented and non-patented technological solutions).

The total allocation of the measure amounts to €61m, and the eligible beneficiaries are companies (including big companies) from the Świętokrzyskie region.

Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds 1220000012200000122000001220000012200000
Private funds
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 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.

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

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.

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