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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.
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.
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).