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R&D vouchers

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Bon na usługi badawcze
Duration:
2014 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 Podlaskie for 2014-2020, the Podlaskie region represents one of the lowest levels of R&D expenditure among all Polish regions. This is accompanied by low sales of innovative products/services, and an insufficient number of patented solutions (21 in 2012). The objective of the new measure (implemented as the grant scheme 1.2.2 in the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for Podlaskie for 2014-2020) is to change these negative trends observed in Podlaskie region with regards to innovativeness by providing support for the development of R&D projects of the regional SMEs conducting business activities in the areas of regional smart specialisation.
 
According to the Regional Operational Programme for Podlaskie for 2014-2020, the activities eligible for funding under this measure include:

  • Technology audits and research services contracted by SMEs;

  • Acquisition of non-patented know-how, licenses, etc. by SMEs;

  • Implementation of R&D results by SMEs;

  • Licensing procedures.

The total budget of the measure amounts to €5.56m, and the eligible beneficiaries are SMEs.

Budget, source and type of funding
Year2014201520162017201820192020
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds 5567214556721455672145567214556721455672145567214
Private funds 3711996371199637119963711996371199637119963711996
Other
Form of funding provided
Grants
Policy learning
To what extent the measure can be considered as a success and worthy of policy learning?:
There is evidence of an impact of the measure based on verifiable indicators or an evaluation (e.g. sales generated from new products, jobs created, etc.)
Evidence of outcomes based on evaluation and other evidence:

No calls for proposals are planned under sub-measure 1.2.2 and the level of contracting will be close to 100%. The shape of the intervention should be considered optimal.

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

One of the most important issues to take into account in the development of this type of support is the preparation and dissemination of information among potential beneficiaries about benefits from patenting.

Would you recommend this measure as an example of regional good practice to policy-makers from other regions ?:
No
Organisation(s) responsible
Evaluation report(s)