One of the first subsidy opportunities this year is the Innovation Vouchers programme – Call II, announced by the Ministry of Industry and Trade in January. The programme can provide funding of up to CZK 1 million for the purchase of consulting, expert, laboratory, or support services in the field of innovation. The application process is now open.
The aim of the programme is to launch or intensify the innovation activities of small and medium enterprises through the development of contacts, sharing of know-how and cooperation with the research sector. The advantage of the Innovation Vouchers programme compared to other subsidy programmes aimed at innovation and R&D activities is the relatively simple application for subsidy, the request for payment with a minimum of obligatory attachments, as well as the fast evaluation of the project application thanks to the continuous application evaluation model.
What the subsidy covers:
- Innovation advisory, expert and support services from research and knowledge dissemination organisations or accredited laboratories
Who may apply for the subsidy:
- Small and medium enterprises
- The whole territory of the Czech Republic except Prague
What expenditures can be supported:
- Measurement, diagnostics, testing, examinations, certification
- Design of new systems, structures, or technological processes
- Development of SW, HW, materials, prototype, functional sample
- Creation of more efficient methods and processes leading to reduction in expenditure
Form, intensity, and amount of subsidy:
- Support under the de minimis regime
- Aid intensity 50–75%
- The maximum subsidy amount is CZK 1 million
Receipt of applications:
- Start of the application process: 1 February 2023
- End of the application process: 1 February 2024
Another currently open programme to support research and development is the Application programme – Call I, which has just been extended until the end of February 2023. This call can finance 25-85% of expenditure on the implementation of industrial research and experimental development, including for large enterprises. If you are unable to submit your application by the February deadline, a follow-up second call under the Application programme is to be announced in Q4 2023.
Tax deductions for R&D are also a suitable alternative and supplement for financing R&D in the business sector. Further information can be found on our website.