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Global investment and innovation incentives updates: August 2018

Global developments benefiting business

This monthly publication provides a summary and updates on the latest global developments in research and development (R&D) credits, grants, and other incentive arrangements. More than 50 countries offer specific incentives and this newsletter focuses on identifying and outlining what could be the right incentives for your organization.

Austria

Energy Research

The Austrian Climate and Energy Fund has started its fifth call in the field of energy research focusing on R&D of novel materials, innovative technologies, systems, and concepts. The call has a total budget of EUR 19 million and is directed at R&D in the areas of energy-efficient products, energy systems and networks, industrial energy systems, mobility and transportation, and conversion and storage technology. The diverse funding instruments range from individual industrial research to cooperative R&D projects, and the funding rate ranges from 35 percent to 100 percent.

Scheme budget EUR 19 million for 2018
Type of incentive Primarily cash grants
Deadline 26 September 2018 for projects requesting funding of up to EUR 2 million

15 February 2019 for key projects requesting funding over EUR 2 million (deadline for letter of intent: 26 September 2018)

Contact your Austria representatives

Herbert Kovar,
partner
+43 1 53700 3600

Jan-Martin Freese,
manager
+43 1 53700 7770

Czech Republic

Energy Savings in Heat Supply Systems

Call III Energy Savings in Heat Supply Systems supports projects focused on the reconstruction and development of heat supply systems and increase the efficiency of energy and heat cogeneration. The support amount varies depending on the size of the enterprise: 50 percent for small entities, 45 percent for medium-sized entities, and 40 percent for large entities, and can range from CZK 0.5 million to CZK 500 million.

Scheme budget CZK 1 billion
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline 11 June 2018–31 March 2019

DELTA 2

The Czech government approved two new programs of the Czech Technology Agency for the support of applied research and experimental development and innovation. Following the previous successful DELTA program, the DELTA 2 program aims to support international cooperation with other countries, such as Canada, Japan, and the United States. The objective is to support international cooperation projects in the area of applied research, experimental development, and innovation with the objective of increasing the amount of new products, services, and processes contributing to the increase in competitiveness of Czech enterprises and research organizations and their entry in new markets.

KAPPA

KAPPA, the second new program of the Czech Technology Agency focuses on the support of international cooperation projects of Czech enterprises and research organizations with foreign partners in the area of applied research, experimental development, and innovation. The anticipated support amount per project in the program throughout the period of project work is expected to range from EUR 500,000 to EUR 5 million. The program is expected to last from 2019–2024.

Contact your Czech Republic representative

Luděk Hanáček,
partner
+420 606 654 304

Other announced calls of the Operational Programme Enterprise and Innovations for Competitiveness 2018

Programme name Programme focus Type of
recipient
Subsidy percentage per
project
Call III Property Modernization of production plants
Reconstruction of existing outdated business infrastructure and brownfield-type areas
SME² 35 percent–45 percent of EE¹
Call IV Energy Savings Activities related to savings of final energy consumption
SME, LE 30–50 percent of EE
Call IV ICT and Shared Services—Establishment and Operation of Shared Service Centres
Establishment and operation of shared service centers
SME, LE 25 percent–45 percent of EE
Call IV ICT and Shared Services—Construction and Modernization of Data Centers
Building and modernization of data centers
SME, LE 25 percent–45 percent of EE
Call V Potential Grants for the purchase of production technology to launch new or innovated products into production and on the market
SME, LE related
to the environment
Maximum 50 percent
of EE
Call V Innovation Grants for the purchase of production technology to launch new or innovated products into production and on the market SME, LE related
to the environment
25 percent–45 percent of EE
Call VI Application (even without effective cooperation) Grants for the performance of industrial research and experimental development
SME, LE related
to the environment
Maximum 70 percent
of EE
Call IV ICT and Shared Services—Creation of New IS/ICT Solutions
Creation of new IS/ICT solutions
SME, LE 25 percent–45 percent of EE
Call V ICT and Shared Services—ICT in Enterprises
Creation of new IS/ICT solutions
Acquisition of new technologies
SME, LE 25 percent–45 percent of EE

1 EE: eligible expenses
2 SME: small and medium-sized enterprise
3 LE: large enterprise

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Germany

Digital media for vocational training in health care

The objective of this funding call is to support projects aimed at the modernization of vocational training or advanced training in health care by means of digital media. The main goal is to increase the flexibility of educational processes, allowing them to become time and location independent. Training processes also should become more efficient and valuable.

The following focus areas are eligible for funding:

  • Concepts for media-based pedagogical qualification;
  • Concepts for the didactic-methodical design of teaching/learning scenarios with digital media;
  • Concepts for innovative teaching/learning applications and formats with digital media.
Scheme budget Eligible applicants are commercial enterprises, universities and other research institutions, health care organizations (hospitals, nursing facilities), chambers and associations, social partners, vocational training organizations, and media institutions

Funding can be up to 50 percent of eligible project costs for companies and up to 100 percent of eligible project costs for universities, research institutes, and non-profit organizations
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline 19 October 2018 (first application step)

CO2 as the sustainable carbon source—Paths to industrial utilization (CO2-WIN)

The purpose of this call is to enhance the exploitation of carbon dioxide (CO2) as a sustainable source of carbon to improve supply chain opportunities for the domestic industry.

This call is open to research approaches for the development of innovative catalytic (in particular, photocatalytic and electrocatalytic) processes that have a realistic perspective for industrial-scale application.

Research projects must address at least one of the following two thematic priorities:

  • Carbonation using CO2:
    • Production and evaluation of marketable concretes, carbonates, and byproducts through the carbonation of CO2;
    • Development and optimization of carbonation processes for the following categories of raw materials: natural minerals; ash, slag, and other industrial byproducts; concrete and precast concrete parts; and
    • Increasing the energy and material flow efficiency of the carbonation process by utilizing the heat of reaction and intelligent coupling with other industrial processes.
  • The incorporation or conversion of CO2 into higher-grade carbon compounds:
    • Use of solar energy to convert CO2;
    • Innovative processes for the reduction of CO2; and
    • Development of biotechnological or chemical-biotechnological processes for the material utilization of CO2.

Scheme budget Eligible applicants are commercial enterprises, universities, and other research institutions

Funding can be up to 50 percent of eligible project costs for companies and up to 100 percent of eligible project costs for universities, research institutes, and non-profit organizations
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline 15 November 2018 (first application step)

Mobility Fund (mFUND)

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) has launched the Mobility Fund to support the development of digital business ideas at any stage from the initial concept via the development to commercial maturity. This call is dedicated to existing and future projects that intend to make use of several mobility datasets within the area of competence of BMVI (e.g. mobility, geo, remote sensing, satellite, drone, railway, traffic, shipping, environmental, climate, and construction data).

There are three main activity fields within this call. At least one must be addressed by the proposal:

  • In the field of "Data Access," mFUND supports ideas and projects that deal with:
    • Identification of future data requirements and data collection methods;
    • Improvement of data quality;
    • Data exchange and interfaces; and
    • Standardization of data and data quality.
  • The field “Data based applications” is dedicated to projects dealing with the development of mobility and situation awareness applications, which require large amounts of heavily interlinked and refined data (Big Data);
  • “Data Governance” is intended for projects focused on:
    • The legal and organizational framework of data access and utilization; and
    • The economic impact of data-based applications and business models.

Scheme budget Eligible applicants are commercial enterprises, higher education institutions, research organizations, public authorities, and associations

Consortium funding rate up to 75 percent of overall eligible costs
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline 28 September 2018 (first application step)

Contact your Germany representative

Isabel Antholz,
service line leader
+49 (0) 40 32080 4910

Ireland

Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund (DTIF)

Ireland has an aggressive National Development Plan (NDP) within project Ireland 2040. As part of this, Ireland recently introduced an additional funding stream to its already internationally competitive R&D incentives. The DTIF is worth EUR 500 million over 10 years and is focused on collaborative R&D projects seeking to develop disruptive technology and applications.

Disruptive Technology Innovation Fund

The Department of Business, Enterprise, and Innovation announced the Disruptive Innovation Fund to support collaborative research, development, and innovation projects using disruptive technology to transform business.

The fund is for impactful projects of up to three years duration and involving enterprises collaborating together and/or research performing organizations (RPOs), including higher education institutions (HEIs) and other partners. Each consortium must be led by either an existing or potential client company of IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland or Údarás na Gaeltachta, or an eligible Irish-based RPO, and must include at least one SME.

Scheme budget Enterprise participants can be funded at up to 50 percent of their eligible costs. The fund will be worth EUR 20 million in 2019, increasing to EUR 30 million in 2020, EUR 40 million in 2021, and EUR 90 million in 2022, with successful applicants in the first round to be announced by the end of 2018.

The amount of funding sought by a project should be at least EUR 1 million over three years. Large-scale projects in the range of EUR 5 million–EUR 10 million total cost, inclusive of enterprise co-funding, are encouraged.
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline The deadline for receipt of expressions of interest for the first round of funding is 17 August 2018, although further rounds for applications will follow on an annual basis.

Contact your Ireland representative

Adrian Walker,
director
+353 (0)1 417 2519

For more information

For more information on any of the programs listed above, please contact the in-country representative or your usual contact.

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