On 4 December, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic is planning to announce a second call for proposals in the TREND programme, in particular sub-programme 2 – Newcomers, focusing on the support of industrial research and experimental development. The objective of the TREND programme is to support projects focusing on implementing the results of industrial research and experimental development in practice and on the support of penetration of new markets. The main aim of sub-programme 2 is to support research and development (“R&D”) activities of enterprises in cooperation with research organisations, especially those applicants, who do not carry out R&D activities on a regular basis. The programme is organised under the aegis of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Czech Republic, but the subsidiser is the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic.
The applicants can be businesses and research organisations. The submitted projects need to have the aim of achieving a result of some kind, such as a prototype, a functioning sample, software, a design or utility model etc. The subsidy applies to staff costs, subcontracting costs, scholarships and other direct costs.
The maximum aid intensity under this call for proposals is up to 80% of total eligible costs for a single project, based on the type of research activity and type of applicant. The maximum aid amount per project is up to CZK 20 million, again depending on the type of the research activity and applicant.
Project proposals can be submitted from 5 December 2019 until 5 February 2020.