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Expected Announcement of New Autumn Calls in the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness

In autumn, the Ministry of Industry and Trade plans to announce several calls focused on research and development activities. These are mainly the means aimed at supporting investment and operating expenses, whereby it will be possible to receive grants per individual projects amounting up to tens of millions of crowns. As part of these and also other autumn calls, a total of more than CZK 15 billion should be distributed among business persons.

Application programme

Application programme supports projects aimed at implementing industrial research and experimental development activities leading to specific outputs in the form of, for example, prototypes, industrial or utility models, proven technologies or software.

Who can request the grant:

  • Small, medium and large enterprises. However, large enterprises only on the condition that the project has a positive impact on the environment or if the main intention of the project is cooperation of LE with SME on a particular project.

What the grant can be used for:

  • Personnel expenses (expenses for wages and insurance of researchers, technicians, etc.)
  • Expenditure on instruments, machines and equipment, in the form of depreciation of tangible fixed assets for the duration of the project
  • Expenditure on contract research
  • Non-investment expenses for licences purchased or acquired from third parties during the project implementation period
  • Expenditure on R&D advisory services (hereinafter referred to as R&D) used solely for the purposes of the project
  • Additional overheads and other operating expenses

Grant amount per project:

  • From CZK 1 million to CZK 40 million for projects without effective cooperation
  • From CZK 1 million to CZK 80 million for projects under effective cooperation or under intervention code 063 or 065 (project with a positive impact on the environment or with the main intention of cooperation of LE with SME)

 Aid intensity per project:

  • Maximum of 70% eligible expenditure for the whole project, depending on the type of activity and the size of the enterprise

Receipt of applications:

  • 14 September 2020 – 15 December 2020

This is acall in rounds. The project must be carried out in the Czech Republic, outside the territory of the capital city of Prague, where the actual place where the project is implemented is decisive. The aid is provided to projects carried out in districts showing a share of unemployed persons higher than the average share for the Czech Republic.

Innovation programme

Innovation programme is aimed at supporting projects introducing new or innovated products, technologies or services into production and on the market. Supported activities include, for example, product innovation activities such as strengthening the technical and utility values of products, technologies and services, process innovation activities such as increasing the efficiency of the production process or providing services.

Who can request the grant:

  • Small, medium and large enterprises. However, large enterprises only on the condition that the submitted project has a positive impact on the environment.

What the grant can be used for:

  • Expenditure on project documentation, including engineering activities
  • Construction expenditure
  • Expenditure on production technologies, machinery and equipment
  • Software and data expenses
  • Expenditure on rights to use intellectual property
  • Product certification expenses
  • Marketing innovation expenses

Grant amount per project:

  • From CZK 1 million to CZK 75 million

Aid intensity per project:

  • Maximum of 45% of eligible expenditure for small enterprises
  • Maximum of 35% of eligible expenditure for medium enterprises
  • Maximum of 25% of eligible expenditure for large enterprises

Receipt of applications:

  • 15 October 2020 – 29 January 2021

This is an ongoing call. The project must be carried out in the Czech Republic, outside the territory of the capital city of Prague, where the actual place where the project is implemented is decisive. The aid is provided to projects carried out in districts showing a share of unemployed persons higher than the average share for the Czech Republic.

Potential programme

Potential programme supports projects aimed at building or expanding industrial research, development and innovation centres. The aid is provided for the purchase of land, buildings, machinery/equipment and other equipment of the research and development centre.

Who can request the grant:

  • Small, medium and large enterprises. However, large enterprises only on the condition that the project submitted has a positive impact on the environment or if the main intention of the project is cooperation of LE with SME on a specific R&D project.

What the grant can be used for:

  • Expenditure on tangible fixed assets necessary for the performance of R&D activities and equipment of the R&D centre, such as the purchase of land, buildings, machinery and other equipment. However, they have to be depreciable assets (except for the land).
  • Intangible fixed assets meeting the conditions of the call, up to 50% of the total eligible investment expenditure for the project

Grant amount per project:

  • CZK 2 million – CZK 30 million

Aid intensity per project:

  • Maximum of 50% of eligible expenses for all types of enterprise sizes

Receipt of applications:

  • 4 September 2020 – 23 November 2020

This is acall in rounds. The project must be carried out in the Czech Republic, outside the territory of the capital city of Prague, where the actual place where the project is implemented is decisive. The aid is provided to projects carried out in districts showing a share of unemployed persons higher than the average share for the Czech Republic.

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