The national voucher system aims the boosting of the know-how transfer and network-cooperation between SMEs and R&D institutions in Hungary.
The overall objective of the national voucher system was to support the innovation activities of the Hungarian SMEs, to enhance the demand side of the innovation services and the development of the regions competitiveness and economy based on innovation and R&D.

The problem addressed is the limited national cooperation between SMEs and R&D institutions and the weak regional innovation capacity in Hungary.

The GP aims the boosting of the know-how transfer and network-cooperation between SMEs and R&D institutions.
The system supports the attendance of the new technology-intensive enterprises in national level, establishing “innovation-friendly” business environment and supporting science-to-business cooperation.

The supported activities were: evaluation of project proposals (technical feasibility study, patent research services, consultation on IPR), product development (innovation services, R&D services, technical support, application for national patent/trademark), process innovation (technical consultancy, patent research services, consultation on IPR), organizational innovation (consultancy regarding production, making marketing and business plan).

The main stakeholders were the National Research, Development and Innovation Office and the 7 regional Innovation Agencies.

The beneficiaries of the voucher system were the SMEs and the R&D institutions and service providers from Hungary.

Resources needed

The voucher was supported with resources coming from the National Research and Innovation Funds (not from ERDF funds).
The National Research, Development and Innovation Office (who has launched the tool) did not request co-financing from the applicants because the funding rate was 100%.

Evidence of success

The initiative was successful because it enhanced the know-how transfer between R&D institutions and SMEs in Hungary.

- Applications Received: n/a
- Applications Approved: 251
- Funds distributed among the applications (all): 19.5 M EUR
- Funds/application (on average): 77.700 EUR

Difficulties encountered

The bureaucracy generated difficulties during the application process.
The timeframe of the application was very long (more than 6 months from submission to evaluation).
The level of the administrative work was higher than expected.
The final evaluation of applied services needs to be improved.

Potential for learning or transfer

Based on the experiences of the stakeholders and the feedbacks of the participating applicants the new version of the national voucher system should follow the following principles:

- less administration (less and shorter documentation)
- quick, fast and smart application system
- bigger balance between the market demand and the innovative product development (based on previous market research)
- different types of vouchers (“Innocsekk Light” – faster procedure with smaller funds; “Innocsekk Grant” – larger funds).

The system itself is transferable.

The key element of the transfer process is the cooperative, dynamic nature of the programme.

Stimulating connection between SMEs and R&D institutions, the scheme also introduces a change of mindset and encourages export.

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Main institution
Pannon Business Network Association
Nyugat-Dunántúl, Hungary (Magyarország)
Start Date
June 2008
End Date
March 2010


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