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Innovation Vouchers

SIC is announcing another call for submitting applications for Innovation Vouchers.
The allocation is CZK 2,284,887 and applications can be submitted from 1 December 2017 until 31 January 2018. Using one-time subsidies of up to CZK 150,000, SIC supports collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises and research institutions from the Central Bohemian Region.

Request for Innovation voucher

We acknowledge receipt of applications for the Central Bohemian Innovative Vouchers program. Applications will be accepted from 1 December 2017 to 31 January 2018. If you have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us at jirman@s-ic.cz

 

Projekt title

Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers
A Brief Description The Central Bohemian innovation vouchers are a financial instrument that supports collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises from the Central Bohemian Region and universities and research institutions (referred to as RDI service providers) from the Czech Republic by providing one-time subsidies to entrepreneurs who wish to collaborate with RDI institutions based on knowledge transfer.  Through joint small projects, entrepreneurs and research organizations can test their ability to collaborate and lay the foundations for long-term collaboration.Innovation vouchers enable companies to fully concentrate on their business activities, while research institutions provide services required for innovation that the company cannot obtain through its own resources for whatever reason. In exchange, research organizations benefit from this experience by gaining important feedback on their collaboration with entrepreneurs, which helps them both increase the relevance and quality of the services and capacities that they can offer to business and it helps them to improve their research and educational activities.
Objective –    stimulate collaboration between the private sector and research institutions
–    support the innovation activities (both product and process innovation) of businesses  and enhance their competitiveness
Funding The cost of providing services is partially covered by the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre through subsidies ranging between CZK 50,000 and 150,000; the subsidy may be up to 75% of the contract value. The applicant covers at least 25% of the costs.
Total allocated funds CZK 2 284 887
Time schedule      –    Acceptance of applications for innovation vouchers:
1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 (until 23:59)
–     Application evaluation and drawing: February 2018
–     Approval of selected applications by the subsidy provider: February 2018
–     Signing of Voucher Contracts: February 2018
–     Signing of Contracts to Provide RDI services: February – April 2018
–     Collaboration: February – October 2018
Documents required for applications

Call – 3rd round

01 Guide for Applicants and Beneficiaries

02 Proposal from the RDI service provider.doc

03 Sworn statement by the applicant for the voucher.doc

04 Contract on the Provision of Vouchers.doc

05 Handover Record.doc

06 Request for Subsidy Reimbursement.doc

07 Decision on Awarding a Subsidy.doc


FAQ:

Question:
Are fees for a utility design or intellectual property protection eligible expenses under the Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers programme?

Odpověď:
No – if the cost of the utility model or intellectual property protection are incurred by the applicant.
Yes – if exclusive rights must be purchased for a final product, process or service to use parts, inventions and other intangible results and the costs are incurred by / the necessity arises for the RDI service provider.

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The purpose of the seminars is to provide potential applicants with information about options and terms and conditions for using innovation vouchers in the Central Bohemian Region.
 
The seminars not only introduce the innovation vouchers, but also provide consulting on how to fill in the applications, present experience with the application evaluation procedure from previous calls, warn of common pitfalls, required results and assistance when looking for partners in the science and research sphere.

The second half of the seminars will present possible grants that entrepreneurs can use under the OP EI.

Attendance is free of charge.

Seminar schedule

Brandýs nad Labem 7 September 2017 Invitation Registration
Kladno 17 October 2017 Invitation  Registration
Kolín 25 October 2017 Invitation  Registration
Beroun 31 October 2017 Invitation  Registration
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Small- and medium-sized enterprises, entrepreneurs and sole proprietors from the Central Bohemian Region who wish to innovate their product or service in  collaboration with a university or another research institution can obtain a grant (an innovation voucher) of up to CZK 150 000 from the project.

The purpose of the grants is to promote collaboration between the private and research sectors and enhance the innovative activities of enterprises in order to increase their competitiveness.

The science and research sector contributes mainly with their knowledge and its transfer to businesses. On the other hand, companies can fully concentrate on their business activities while a research organization supplies the required innovation that the company cannot provide from their own resources.

Through joint smaller projects, entrepreneurs and research organizations can test their ability to collaborate and lay the foundations for long-term collaboration.

Click on the images or read stories of successful collaboration supported through the Central Bohemian innovation vouchers:
The Czech media have also noted collaboration between research institutions and business. An overview of outcomes is available in the section entitled SIC in the Media.
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2017

The objective of the programme is to help the development of collaboration between entrepreneurs and the science and research sectors through one-time grants whose purpose is to enhance collaboration with knowledge providers that is based on knowledge transfer. Innovation vouchers increase companies’ motivation to establish collaboration with knowledge providers that would not have been otherwise possible.

Through joint smaller projects, entrepreneurs and research organizations can test their ability to collaborate and lay the foundations for long-term collaboration. The objective of the programme is to eliminate barriers between businesses from Central Bohemia and science and research organizations, to stimulate and/or develop their mutual collaboration so that the region´s knowledge potential is better used.

Project title Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers
A Brief Description he Central Bohemian innovation vouchers are a financial instrument that supports collaboration between small- and medium-sized enterprises from the Central Bohemian Region and universities and research institutions (referred to as RDI service providers) from the Czech Republic by providing one-time subsidies to  entrepreneurs who wish to collaborate with RDI institutions based on knowledge transfer. Through joint smaller projects, entrepreneurs and research organizations can test their ability to collaborate and lay the foundations for long-term collaboration.Innovation vouchers enable companies to fully concentrate on their business activities, while research institutions provide services required for innovation that the company cannot obtain through its own resources for whatever reason. In exchange, research organizations benefit from this experience by gaining important feedback on their collaboration with entrepreneurs which helps them both increase the relevance and quality of the services and capacities that they can offer to business and improve their research and educational activities.
Objective –    stimulate collaboration between the private sector and research institutions
–   support the innovation activities (both product and process innovation) of businesses  and enhance their competitiveness
Funding The cost of providing services is partially covered by the Central Bohemian Innovation Centre through subsidies ranging between CZK 50,000 and 150,000; the subsidy may be up to 75% of the contract value. The applicant covers at least 25% of the costs.
Total allocated funds CZK 5 000 000
Time schedule     –     call for submitting applications: 27 March 2017
– 28 April 2017 by 23:59
–     project evaluation and drawing (if the demand exceeds the offer): May 2017
–     approval of drawn projects by the programme promoter: May 2017
–     signing of Contracts on the Provision of Vouchers May 2017
–     signing of contracts between voucher beneficiaries and an RDI service provider: May – July 2017
–     collaboration May – December 2017
Basic documents
Press Release

Thirty applicants registered in the programme with a total allocation of CZK 5 million that was provided by the Central Bohemian Region. Combined, they applied for almost CZK 4 million. Contracts on the provision of innovation vouchers
 were concluded with 25 of them. Those applicants shared nearly CZK 3.2 million.

The grants supported mostly agriculture (6 projects), construction (4 projects), mechanical engineering (3 projects), the food industry, life sciences, and ICT.

The most frequent subject matter of collaboration between businesses and researchers were services that the applicants could not secure in any other manner.
These include testing and analysing new products, design parameter optimization, test development, test running, laboratory and semi-working testing and practical method implementation.

Entrepreneurs who applied for assistance in the form of vouchers mostly requested help from researchers from the Czech Technical University in Prague (6 projects), the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (5), the Research Institute of Agricultural Engineering (3), two projects involved collaboration with the Institute of Physics of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Charles University in Prague, and the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. The University of Chemistry and Technology in Prague, Mendel University in Brno, the Institute of Scientific Instruments of the Czech Academy of Sciences, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, and the Institute of Experimental Botany of the Academy of Sciences.

2016

The first call in the Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers programme
provoked great interest among entrepreneurs. Ninety-seven applicants registered in the projects with a total allocation of CZK 5,000,000 provided by the Central Bohemian Region. Seven top-valued applications were chosen directly by the Competitiveness Council of the Central Bohemian Region and combined, they were awarded CZK 800,000. Out of the remaining 78 applications, 34 companies were drawn in the presence of a notary. They will share CZK 4,185,784.  Selected projects included, among others, the effective use of biomass in larger municipalities and cities, the monitoring of rock massif disruption and the optimization of medical bed manufacturing.

Collaboration across the Central Bohemian Region supported with Innovation Vouchers in 2016.

 

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Contact person

Petr Jirman

Head of the Project Office Department

+420 601 214 427 | jirman@s-ic.cz

The word of the participants

“We have been continuously increasing the quality of the machines that we make; however, we could have never taken advantage of joint research without the innovation voucher.”

Patrik Vook
Head of the Technology Section of Buzuluk Rubber Machinery Divisio

“We have been improving our programme with our resources, but this was our first experience with working with the academic sector. We were not sure beforehand what the outcome of the research would be and therefore, we would not have even started it without the help of the Central Bohemian Innovation Voucher; it would have been too much money and risk for us.”

Stanislav Krejčí
Diribet spol. s r. o.

“Our self-cleaning nano-coating decomposes 90% of all dirt that sticks to its surface; it is effective for a period of at least 10 years. In this manner, it also cleans the environmental air from harmful molecules and microorganisms.”

Jan Procházka
Director, Advanced Materials – JTJ s.r.o.

“We tested a new method of mass monitoring using the excited polarization method that enabled us to examine the properties of crystalline rocks that were previously unknown. We use these research studies conducted in collaboration with universities as material for further strategic thinking.”

RNDr. Jaroslav Bárta, CSc.
Executive Director, G Impuls Praha

“The result of our research, supported by the Central Bohemian Innovation Voucher, has great potential to become an effective part of raw material pre-treatments, both in and apart from the production of bio-fuels.”

George Karráa
LAVARIS s. r. o. – research in and development of the use of recycled materials

The innovative voucher helped us to increase our interest in our products and to create a stronger market position.

Jiří Ježek
Director of the Czech manufacturing company which produce fitting for wooden buildings BOVA Březnice, spol. s r.o.

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