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Main objectives of this support measure are to sustainably stabilise and increase the regional industry’s competitiveness as well as employment and growth through supporting research, development and innovation. The measure addresses:
The measure addresses small, medium-sized and large industrial enterprise in Mecklenburg-West Pomerania, as well as regional universities and research facilities that conduct basic research, industrial research or experimental development. Grants to enterprises for industrial research or experimental development can amount to a maximum of 80% of eligible costs; research facilities can be granted up to 100%. Grants can be up to €1.5m for projects in individual companies and up to €2m for collaborative projects. Eligible for funding are instruments and equipment, personnel costs, external research and material costs.
Concerning feasibility studies, grants can amount to max. 60% of eligible costs (with a budgetary ceiling of €100,000). Eligible for funding are personnel costs and external expertise. The application of patents can be supported with 50% of eligible costs (max. €50,000) for attorney and patent fees, patent searches or translations. Innovation consulting services can be supported with up to 50% of eligible costs (max. €200,000). Eligible costs include the use of laboratories and machines for tests. Process innovations – including the implementation of information and communication technologies and the introduction of new or improved technologies into the production process - are supported with max. 50% of eligible costs (up to €200,000). Eligible costs refer to personnel costs, applied research and external expertise.
The measure is funded through ERDF means.
As the Economic Report 2014 shows, a total budget of €155m targeted the support of research and development in the 2007-2013 period. Until the end of 2013, 813 R&D projects and technology-oriented networks had been supported (from which 390 collaborative projects with a volume of €100.1m) with a budget of €152.2m.
Measures should be designed according to the development strategy for the region (target groups, technologies, etc).