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2018

SIC closed another call for Innovation Voucher applications. A total of 2,284,887 CZK were allocated and applications were accepted from 1 December 2017 to 31 January 2018. SIC supports collaboration between Central Bohemian SMBs and research institutions through one-time grants of up to 150,000 CZK.

List of companies that successfully passed evaluation in the 3rd call of the Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers program.

Project Title: Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers

Brief description: Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers serve as a financial instrument to support collaboration between Central Bohemian SMBs and Czech universities and research institutions (R&D&I service providers), through one-time grants provided to the businesses to finance knowledge transfer-based collaboration between the business and a R&D&I provider. By carrying out small-scale joint projects, businesses and research organizations will test their ability to work together and lay foundations for long-term collaboration. Innovation vouchers enable businesses to focus on their core activities while research organizations deliver innovation-enabling services that the businesses cannot secure on their own for various reasons. Research organizations will benefit from the collaboration with businesses by gaining valuable experience and important feedback for increasing the relevance and quality of their value propositions and expanding their capacities and capabilities they can provide to businesses, as well as for further research and education activities.

Objective: Stimulate collaboration between the private sector and research organizations – foster innovation activities (product and process innovations) in businesses and strengthen their competitiveness.

Financing: The Central Bohemian Innovation center provides a grant of 50,000 to 150,000 CZK to cover the costs associated with the service but not more than 75% of the total value of the contract. Applicants are required to bear no less than 25% of the cost.

Total funds allocation: CZK 2,284,887

Timing:

  • Submission of voucher applications: 1 December 2017 – 31 January 2018 (until 11:59 p.m.)
  • Evaluation of applications and a draw of winners: February 2018
  • Approval of selected applications by the Provider of the Grants: February 2018
  • Signing of the Voucher Provision Agreement: February 2018
  • Signing of the R&D&I Services Agreement: February-April 2018
  • Project delivery: February-October 2018

FAQ:

Question:

Do utility model and intellectual property protection fees count as eligible expenditure in the Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers program?

Answer:

No, if the utility model and intellectual property protection costs are incurred by the applicant.

Yes, if the final product, process or service requires the exclusive rights to handle parts, inventions and other intangible assets and such expense / need arises on the part of the R&D&I service provider.

2017

The program with a total allocation of CZK 5 million, provided by the Central Bohemian Region, enrolled a total of 30 applicants who, in total, requested a grants amounting to almost CZK 4 million. The innovation voucher contract was eventually concluded with 25 beneficiaries. Nearly CZK 3.2 million was divided among them.

Support was provided primarily to projects in the fields of agriculture (6 projects), construction (4), engineering (3), food processing, life sciences and ICT.

Businesses and researchers most often partner for services that the applicant is unable to secure otherwise. These include testing and analysis of new products, optimization of design parameters, development of tests, testing, laboratory and pilot tests, and practical implementation of new methods.

Entrepreneurs who applied for support via a voucher most often sought assistance from researchers from the Czech Technical University in Prague (6 projects), from the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (5), the Research Institute of Agricultural Technology (3), and two projects involved collaboration with the Institute of Physics of AS CR, Charles University in Prague and the University of South Bohemia in České Budějovice. One project each partnered with the Institute of Chemical Technology in Prague, Mendel University in Brno, the Institute of Scientific Instruments of AS CR, Jan Evangelista Purkyně University in Ústí nad Labem, and the Institute of Experimental Botany of AS CR.

CENTRAL BOHEMIAN INNOVATION VOUCHERS – 2nd call evaluation (2017)

List of companies that successfully delivered projects under the 2nd call of the Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers program.

Project Title: Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers

Brief description: Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers serve as a financial instrument to support collaboration between Central Bohemian businesses and Czech universities and research institutions (R&D&I service providers), through one-time grants provided to the businesses to finance knowledge transfer-based collaboration between the business and a R&D&I provider. By carrying out small-scale joint projects, businesses and research organizations will test their ability to work together and lay foundations for long-term collaboration.Innovation vouchers enable businesses to focus fully on their core activities while research organizations deliver innovation-enabling services that the businesses cannot secure on their own for various reasons. Research organizations will benefit from the collaboration with businesses by gaining valuable experience and important feedback for increasing the relevance and quality of their value propositions and expanding their capacities and capabilities they can provide to businesses, as well as for further research and education activities.

Objective: Stimulate collaboration between the private sector and research organizations – foster innovation activities (product and process innovations) in businesses and strengthen their competitiveness.

Financing: The Central Bohemian Innovation center provides a grant of 50,000 to 150,000 CZK to cover the costs associated with the service but not more than 75% of the total value of the contract. Applicants are required to bear no less than 25% of the cost.

Total funds allocation: CZK 5,000,000

Timing:

  • Opening a call for applications: 27 March 2017 – 28 April 2017, until 11:59 p.m.
  • Project evaluation and draw (only in the event of excess demand): May 2017
  • Approval of projects selected in the draw by the principal: May 2017
  • Signing of the innovation voucher contract: May 2017
  • Signing of the contract to make up work between the voucher recipient and the R&D&I service provider: May-July 2017
  • Execution of collaboration projects: May-December 2017

The aim of the program is to foster collaboration between the business sector and the research sector by providing a one-time grants to businesses to finance knowledge transfer-based collaboration with knowledge providers. Innovation vouchers therefore increase the motivation of businesses to partner with knowledge providers, which they might not do otherwise.

By carrying out small-scale joint projects, businesses and research organizations will test their ability to work together and lay foundations for long-term collaboration. The program aims to remove barriers between Central Bohemian businesses and scientific research organizations and to stimulate or develop their mutual collaboration in order to leverage the region’s knowledge potential more effectively.

2016

The first call for Central Bohemian Innovation Vouchers attracted great interest among businesses. 97 entities applied to join the project with a total budget allocation of CZK 5,000,000 provided by Central Bohemia. The 7 best-rated applications were selected directly by the Competitiveness Council of Central Bohemia and received over 800 thousand CZK in total. Of the remaining 78 projects, 34 businesses were selected in a draw under notary supervision. They were granted a total of CZK 4,185,784. The supported projects included e.g. efficient use of biomass in larger municipalities, monitoring of rock mass disintegration process, and optimization of hospital bed production.

Central Bohemia Innovation Vouchers 2016 – evaluation of the first call

Collaboration across Central Bohemia supported by Innovation Vouchers in 2016