A new round of competitions related to research and development activities began in September, allowing entrepreneurs to obtain grants for innovative projects. R&D includes broadly defined activities whose aim is to create a new or improved product or technology.
The amount of assistance of R&D projects depends inter alia on the size of the enterprise and the kind of the conducted activities:
Research activities include:
A correct determination of the type of research and development conducted in an enterprise is the basis for the appropriate classification of a project and choosing the adequate financing method.
Fast track (Submeasure 1.1.1. of the Operation Programme Smart Growth) – for industrial research and experimental development in companies
Support under the Fast track programme is provided for the development of new products and technologies which require:
The call for proposals for large enterprises under the Fast track programme is scheduled between 1st June and 30th December 2016. The minimum amount of eligible costs of the projects is PLN12 million. The level of assistance is set between 25% and 60%, depending on the type of R&D activities. The budget of the announced competitions is set at PLN1 billion. Micro-enterprises and enterprises from the SME sector as part of a separate competition under the Fast track programme will be able to apply for R&D funding between 1st September and 30th December 2016. The minimum amount of eligible costs of the projects for SMEs is PLN2 million, and PLN5 million for projects realized in the Masovian Voivodship. The level of assistance is set between 35% and 80%, depending on the type of R&D activities and the size of the enterprise. The budget of the announced competition is set at PLN 750 million.
Demonstrator (Submeasure 1.1.2 of the Operational Programme Smart Growth) – R&D linked to the development of a pilot installation/demonstration plant
Under this Submeasure, support is only directed at large enterprises conducting experimental development work associated with the manufacturing of a pilot line.
Submission of proposals has opened on 6th July and will last until 31st October 2016. The level of assistance may amount up to 40% of eligible costs of the projects. The minimum amount of eligible costs of the projects is set at PLN30 million. The budget of the announced competition is set at PLN 500 million.
Application projects (Submeasure 4.1.4 of the Operational Programme Smart Growth)
The competition will be conducted between 3rd October and 2nd November 2016 and is aimed at projects involving industrial research and/or experimental development carried out by scientific and industrial consortia. Support can be obtained for R&D activities – entrepreneurs can seek support for development works and industrial research. The level of assistance is set between 25% and 80% of eligible costs of the project, depending on the type of entity and the type of the conducted R&D activities. The budget of the announced competition is set at PLN 200 million.
R&D projects realized under the INNOMOTO programme (Measure 1.2 of the Operational Programme Smart Growth)
An additional opportunity for financing for entrepreneurs from the automotive industry is the INNOMOTO programme. Support will be granted for the realization of projects associated with the development of products and services from the automotive industry. The details and selection criteria will be announced soon. The call for proposals is scheduled between 5th October and 21st November 2016. The budget of the announced competition was set at PLN250 million.
The described financing opportunities are dedicated to entrepreneurs whose business creates or develops new products, services and technology. Support may be granted to numerous areas of activity. Receiving aid for one type of activity doesn’t restrict access to aid for other projects. However, it is important to carefully select financing and properly use public aid which may contribute to the development of the enterprise and an increase in profits through entering the international market.