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Newly Announced Calls under OP PIK 2018

In early August, the Ministry of Industry and Trade released an updated schedule of calls under the Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness Operational Programme (“OP PIK”) for 2018. Compared to the preceding schedule, the dates for announcing calls and deadlines for submitting applications have been specified.

This applies to an earlier date of announcing the Renewable Energy Sources call and the planned deadline for submitting applications for aid. Furthermore, the dates of announcing the Technology for Emerging Entrepreneurs, Cooperation – Clusters, Infrastructure Services – activity a) calls, including the planned deadline for submitting applications for aid, have been moved to a later date. The changes have also affected the Advisory calls – in the regime of the de minimis aid for the Science and Technology Park – Integrated Territorial Investments in Brno, Olomouc and Hradec Králové, which have been cancelled, and the ICT and Shared Services – ICT in Enterprises calls, which have been cancelled for now. In contrast, Potential – A Technical Call has newly been added.

Please find below a more detailed description of the terms of selected calls in respect of which the period for submitting applications commenced in July or August 2018.

Energy Savings Call IV
Energy Savings – Call IV supports projects focusing on reducing the energy performance of enterprises. Subsidised activities include, for example, reconstructing and modernising facilities generating power for own consumption, reconstructing and modernising power, gas and heat distribution systems with the aim of increasing their efficiency, modernising lighting systems in buildings and on industrial premises, modernising and introducing measurement and regulation systems, installing renewable sources of energy, accumulation of electrical power or cogeneration units using electrical and thermal energy or cold for own consumption.

  • Who can apply for the subsidy:
    – small, medium-sized and large enterprises
  • What the subsidy applies to:
    – tangible fixed assets
    – intangible fixed assets necessary for the operation of tangible fixed assets
    – energy assessment
    – project documentation
    – costs of organising the tender
  • The amount of subsidy per project:
    – CZK 300 thousand – CZK 400 million; however, maximally EUR 15 million
    – the subsidy for the energy assessment may amount to CZK 350 thousand at maximum
    – the subsidy for organising the tender may amount to CZK 200 thousand atmaximum, depending on the scope of the contract
  • The rate of subsidy per project:
    – maximally 50% of eligible expenses for small enterprises
    – maximally 40% of eligible expenses for medium-sized enterprises
    – maximally 30% of eligible expense for large enterprises
  • The rate of subsidy in respect of the energy assessment, project documentation and organising the tender:
    – maximally 80% of eligible expenses for small enterprises
    – maximally 70% of eligible expenses for medium-sized enterprises
    – maximally 60% of eligible expense for large enterprises
  • Applications are accepted in the period from:
    – 2 July 2018 – 29 April 2019

It is an ongoing call. The project must be realised in the territory of the Czech Republic, outside the capital city of Prague, whereby the actual place of the project realisation is decisive.

Renewable Energy Sources Call IV
Renewable Energy Sources – Call IV supports projects comprising the generation and distribution of energy from renewable sources. Subsidised activities include the construction and reconstruction of sources of combined production of electricity  and heat from biomass and subsequent conducting of heat into a heat exchanger station, the construction, reconstruction and modernisation of small hydropower plants or conducting heat from the existing electricity generating plants.

  • Who can apply for the subsidy:
    – small, medium-sized and large enterprises
  • What the subsidy applies to:
    – tangible fixed assets- intangible fixed assets necessary for the operation of tangible fixed assets- energy assessment- project documentation
  • The amount of subsidy per project:
    – CZK 250 thousand – CZK 100 million- the subsidy for the energy assessment may amount to CZK 350 thousand at maximum
  • The rate of subsidy per project, in respect of the energy assessment and project documentation relating to the extraction of heat and biogas from biogas stations:
    – maximally 50% of eligible expenses for small enterprises- maximally 45% of eligible expenses for medium-sized enterprises- maximally 40% of eligible expense for large enterprises
  • The rate of subsidy per project, in respect of the energy assessment and project documentation relating to small hydropower plants, cogeneration from biomass and biomass heating plants:
    – maximally 80% of eligible expenses for small enterprises- Maximally 70% of eligible expenses for medium-sized enterprises.- Maximally 60% of eligible expense for large enterprises
  • Applications are accepted in the period from:
    – 3 August 2018 – 29 March 2019

It is an ongoing call. The project must be realised in the territory of the Czech Republic, outside the capital city of Prague, whereby the actual place of the project realisation is decisive.

ICT and Shared Services Call IV – Activity: Construction and Modernisation of Data Centres
This call is designed to support projects that aim to modernise or build data centres. This supported activity may be realised maximally in four different places of the project realisation.

  • Who can apply for the subsidy:
    – small, medium-sized and large enterprises
  • What the subsidy applies to:
    – tangible and intangible fixed assets
    – costs of acquisition of land and structures or their lease
    – costs of services of advisers, experts, and studies
    – project documentation costs
  • The amount of subsidy per project:
    – CZK 1 million – CZK 150 million
  • The rate of support per project:
    – maximally 45% of eligible expenses for small enterprises
    – maximally 35% of eligible expenses for medium-sized enterprises
    – maximally 25% of eligible expenses for large enterprises
  • Applications are accepted in the period from:
    – 31 August 2018 – 31 May 2019.

It is an ongoing call. The project must be realised in the territory of the Czech Republic, outside the capital city of Prague, whereby the actual place of the project realisation is decisive. Projects realised in districts with a rate of unemployment higher than the average in the Czech Republic receive bonus points.

ICT and Shared Services Call IV – Activity: Establishment and Operation of Shared Services Centres
The aim of the call is to support projects focusing on the establishment and operation of shared services centres. This supported activity may be realised only in one place of the project realisation.

  • Who can apply for the subsidy:
    – small, medium-sized and large enterprises
  • What the subsidy applies to:
    – labour costs
    – costs of lease of land and buildings
    – costs of services of advisors, experts, and studies (applies only to small and medium-sized enterprises)
    – tangible and intangible fixed assets (in the “de minimis” regime)
  • The amount of subsidy per project:
    – CZK 3 million – CZK 100 million
  • The rate of subsidy per project:
    – maximally 45% of eligible expenses for small enterprises
    – maximally 35% of eligible expenses for medium-sized enterprises
    – maximally 25% of eligible expense for large enterprises
  • Applications are accepted in the period from:
    – 28 August 2018 – 28 May 2019

It is an ongoing call. The project must be realised in the territory of the Czech Republic, outside the capital city of Prague, whereby the actual place of the project realisation is decisive. Projects realised in districts with a rate of unemployment higher than the average in the Czech Republic receive bonus points.

Applications Call VI
Call VI Applications supports projects focusing on the realisation of activities related to industrial research and experimental development that result in specific outcomes in the form of prototypes, industrial design or utility models, tested technologies or software.

  • Who can apply for the subsidy:
    Small, medium-sized and large enterprises. However, large enterprises may only apply if the project has a positive impact on the environment, or if the main aim of the project is a cooperation of the large company with a small or a medium‑sized company on a specific project.
  • What the subsidy applies to:
    – personal costs (costs related to wages and insurance contributions of researcher employees, technicians etc.)
    – costs of tools, machinery and equipment, in the form of depreciation of tangible fixed assets for the whole period of the project realisation costs of contractual research
    – non-investment costs of licences bought or acquired from third parties for the whole period of the project realisation
    – costs of advisory services related to research and development provided specifically for the purposes of the project additional overhead and production costs
  • The amount of subsidy per project:
    – CZK 1 million – CZK 40 million
  • The rate of support per project:
    – maximally 70% of eligible expenses for the whole project depending on the size of the enterprise and the type of its activity
  • Applications are accepted in the period from:
    – 28 August 2018 – 17 December 2018

It is a call in rounds. The project must be realised in the territory of the Czech Republic, outside the capital city of Prague, whereby the actual place of the project realisation is decisive. Projects realised in districts with a rate of unemployment higher than the average in the Czech Republic receive bonus points.

The article is part of dReport – September 2018, Tax news; Grants and investment Incentives.

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