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Support for the R&D infrastructure of enterprises

Title of measure
Full title in national language:
Inwestycje przedsiębiorstw w badania i innowacje
Policy objectives Plus
4.1. Direct funding to business R&D and innovation
Presentation of the measure:

The objective of this measure (implemented in the form of a grant scheme I.2.1. in the framework of the Regional Operational Programme for Łódzkie 2014-2020) is to develop/improve the R&D infrastructure of companies in the Łódzkie region. The measure supports projects devoted to the set-up of new or development of existing R&D infrastructure in companies. This in turn should enable companies to improve their innovation related activities, which includes the accreditation of the company as the “R&D Centre” in line with the Polish legal requirements. To be eligible for financing, the applicant must present a ‘research agenda’ that demonstrates the appropriateness of the planned infrastructure to the company’s needs. The eligible costs include both the investment in tangible assets and the know-how development.  

The total allocation of funding for this measure amounts to € 142.01m, out of which €120.71m come from EU funds and €21.30m come from national private funds. The eligible beneficiaries are companies and consortia operating in the private sector.


Budget, source and type of funding
National public funds
Regional public funds
EU Structural Funds
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:

In accordance with the content of the Regional Operational Programme for Łódzkie 2014-2020 there are two indicators against which the progress of the instrument can be evaluated.  The value of the first indicator (‘The number of companies using the co-financed R&D infrastructure’) should reach the level of 86 at 2023, and the target value of the second indicator, which refers to the number of the co-financed laboratories in companies, is 60. A similar instrument (Measure III.3) was developed in the Łódzkie Region in the period 2007-2013. Taking into account this experience one can state that the planned values are identified properly, as in the previous programming period the number of the supported projects devoted to the R&D infrastructure development in the companies amounted to 135.

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

When launching a similar measure, it is important to remember to adopt a flexible approach to business R&D projects with regards to monitoring, allowing the changes in the granted projects assumptions (due to their innovative character).

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