On Wednesday, 5 October, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA ČR) announced the eighth public tender to support industrial research and experimental development under the TREND Programme, sub-programme 1 – Technological Leaders. The aim of the Programme is to fund projects focused on the development of 5G technologies and superior systems. CZK 300 million will be distributed among selected applicants.
The Programme is open to companies with experience in carrying out research and development (R&D) by their own means or companies with experience in purchasing R&D services from research organisations who have not yet developed their own R&D activities.
A prerequisite for a successful project is the achievement of a specific type of result, e.g. a prototype, a working sample, software, an industrial design or utility model, etc.
What is eligible for subsidy:
The project must include the use of 5G networks. At the same time, the Programme’s purpose is to increase companies’ international competitiveness, e.g. by expanding markets abroad, reaching new markets or advancing in global value chains.
Eligible expenses include:
- personnel costs
- subcontracting costs
- other direct costs
- indirect costs (20% of the sum of the reported personnel and direct costs)
Who may apply:
- All enterprises, regardless of size (i.e. including large enterprises) and irrespective of the location of the project (i.e. including Prague), as well as research organisations, are eligible to apply.
- The enterprise must always be the lead applicant; other participants in the consortium may be either another enterprise or a research organisation.
Subsidy amount: The maximum subsidy amount per project is CZK 15 million.
Subsidy extent: The maximum subsidy extent per project is up to 70% of total eligible costs.
Applications open: from 6 October 2022 to 23 November 2022