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