The “Innovation Vouchers of Usti Region” support the cooperation among businessees of the Usti Region and research organizations in the Czech Republic.
The “Innovation Vouchers of Usti Region” supports cooperation among businessees of the Usti Region and research organizations in the Czech Republic.
Financial support motivates companies to establish contacts with research organizations. The aim of the program is the first mutual acquaintance eventually growing into a lasting partnership.
Innovation voucher is a one-off grant which can receive a business entity for the acquisition of services provided by a research organization. Companies can leverage the knowledge or capacity they themselves do not have, and thus upgrade their products, processes or services.
Innovation vouchers improve the competitiveness of enterprises of the Usti Region. They simultaneously support collaboration of the research sphere with the application area.
The knowledge gained through the voucher will be used for innovation in products, processes or services.
Knowledge provider can be any research organization in the Czech Republic. An applicant for a voucher and the recipient can be any individual businessman that has employees or company (joint stock company, limited liability company, general partnership, limited partnership or similar entity), hereinafter referred to as the "applicant".
The rule of the programme states eligible activities as well as the ineligible activities.
70 000 € per year (the amount and periodicity depends on the capability of the grant provider). Maximum support for one project: approx. 4 000 €.
The budget for the programme is provided by the Usti Region.
Evidence of success
The evidence of achieved successes of this practice is provided mainly by the enhancing number of submitted projects and observed improved and recurring cooperation between the business and research spheres. In 2017, 14 projects supported from 19 projects submitted. In all, 58 projects were granted In 3 calls since 2016 and 4th call has been announced.
It may be hard to distinguish among projects and to grant support to those with highest level of potential innovation.
Potential for learning or transfer
Useful for regions, where a regional system of innovation vouchers is not in place. The experience is as follows: the vast majority of projects are in the field of product innovation, the smaller part is related to process innovation in companies and the smallest part of the projects is in service.
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