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Global investment and innovation incentives updates: June 2017

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.

Czech Republic

Energy savings in heating systems–Call II

This program is aimed at reconstructing existing co-generation facilities and introducing new ones. Activities supported by the program include the construction, reconstruction, and linking of existing heat energy distribution systems, including reception facilities to increase the utilization of high-efficiency co-generation with the aim of achieving primary energy savings.

Scheme budget EUR 94.5 million
Aid intensity varies depending on the size of the business (based on the EU definition of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)): 50 percent of eligible costs for small entities, 45 percent for medium-sized entities, and 40 percent for large entities. The subsidy available per project is up to EUR 15 million.
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline 30 October 2017

Smart grids I–Call II

The aim of this program is to improve the quality, reliability, security, and sustainability of power supplies to end customers to progress closer to the levels realized by the EU-15 countries (Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom), while minimizing bottlenecks and integrating decentralized energy sources. Activities supported by the program include comprehensive measures for improving reliability, raising awareness, introducing the balancing and optimizing of heating system operation, and deploying automated remote control features in distribution grids.

Scheme budget EUR 18.9 million
Support will be granted to projects undertaken by entities of all sizes, up to 40 percent of eligible costs. The amount of the subsidy available per project is up to EUR 3.8 million, depending on the type of supported activity.
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline 30 September 2017

Contact your Czech Republic representative

Luděk Hanáček,
partner, Tax and Legal
Central Europe
+420 606 654 304

Germany

Funding program industry 4.0—“Multidisciplinary collaborations in dynamic value chains”

The goal of this call is to support manufacturing companies with the development of specific, application-orientated, and exemplary solutions in the form of cyber-physical systems for planning, design, control, and maintenance in complex and dynamic value chains. The call specifically addresses R&D and demonstration projects conducted by a multidisciplinary consortium and go beyond solutions to a stand-alone problem in a certain company by focusing on transferable results across industries.

Examples of funding projects include:

  • Development of intelligent collaboration concepts for a flexible production process,
  • Introduction of secure methods for the exchange and storage of production data for cooperation in and between companies,
  • Development of smart products for use in production (plant and machinery),
  • Introduction of data-driven business models in manufacturing companies.
Scheme budget Funding is available for universities, research institutions, and companies (eligible parties) incorporated or active in Germany

Applicants must show previous preparatory work/experience in the relevant field

The formation of an consortium (industry partners and research/scientific partners) is required

Funding for companies can be up to 50 percent of eligible project costs

Universities and research institutions can be subsidized up to 100 percent of the project-related expenditure

The maximum funding duration is three years

Total funding available to be confirmed
Type of incentive Nonrepayable cash grant to a consortium
Deadline

Submission of project outline (first application step): 31 July 2017

Funding program “Privacy and data protection in the digital workplace”

To make use of the benefits that digital technologies offer in the work environment, employers are increasingly collecting data on the work process and related activities, as well as data of their employees. This call focuses on maintaining the benefits a digital workplace, offers while providing appropriate protection of employee data.

Funding is available for innovative concepts and solutions for the implementation of privacy-enhancing digital work processes concerning:

  • Transparency of corporate data processing operations, the ability to participate in decision-making, and the right to have data entries corrected,
  • Data protection and privacy rights within new forms of work, such as crowd working,
  • Privacy-enhancing adaption of existing IT infrastructure,
  • “Privacy by design” solutions.
Scheme budget Funding is available for universities, research institutions, and companies (eligible parties) incorporated or active in Germany

Applicants must show previous preparatory work/experience in the relevant field

The formation of an consortium (industry partners and research/scientific partners) is required

Funding for companies can be up to 50 percent of eligible project costs

Universities and research institutions can be subsidized up to 100 percent of the project-related expenditure

The maximum funding duration is three years

Total funding available to be confirmed
Type of incentive Nonrepayable cash grant to a consortium
Deadline Submission of project outline (first application step): 31 July 2017

Funding program “r+Impuls—Innovative technologies for resource efficiency—impulse for industrial resource efficiency”

The goal of this call is to bring R&D activities in the field of resource efficiency into application. The program is focused on raw materials, especially technologies allowing for the recovery of raw materials, and the “circular” economy.

Examples of topics that generally qualify for funding include:

  • Increased material and energy efficiency, especially in raw material-intensive production systems (e.g. metal production and processing, the chemical industry, construction materials, and the ceramic industry),
  • Recovery of high-quality recyclable material fractions (i.e. the fraction of the waste that can be cost effectively recycled) from waste streams,
  • Recycling and substitution of strategically important raw materials, and
  • Use of CO2 for chemical products and energy storage.

Projects within this call have to develop a prototype (phase one) and demonstrate their results (phase two). The result of phase one should be a technology demonstrating a shift from TRL five (Technology Readiness Level five) to TRL six. The demonstration part in phase two should correspond to a shift from TRL six to TRL eight.

Scheme budget Funding is disbursed to universities, research institutions, and companies (eligible parties) incorporated or active in Germany

Applicants must apply for both phases, an application solely for phase one is not eligible

Grants can be used for personnel and equipment costs, as well as for capital investments in innovative plant components and R&D equipment

Funding for companies can be up to 25 percent of eligible project costs, a bonus may be available for projects involving high technological risks

Universities and research institutions can be subsidized up to 75 percent of the project-related expenditure. Additionally, universities can apply for a potential lump-sum amount of up to 20 percent of their expenditure on top of the maximum possible funding
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline Submission of project outline (first application step): 17 July 2017 and 17 July 2018

Contact your Germany representative

Isabel Antholz,
senior manager
+49 (0) 40 32080 4910

Daria Malyutina,
professional
+49 (0) 40 32080 4583

Katharina Krug,
professional
+49 (0) 40 32080 4928

United Kingdom

Innovate UK: Manufacturing and materials round three

Innovate UK will fund projects that support innovation in manufacturing and materials and lead to improvements in productivity, competitiveness, and growth. The funding is competitive and can be used to support feasibility studies, industrial research, and experimental development. Projects may span more than one category of research.

Projects may include one or more of the following:

  • Taking an innovative step in addressing the manufacturing readiness of growing sectors,
  • Developing flexible or efficient processes,
  • Diversifying product and service lines to serve new markets,
  • Developing materials for targeted performance specifications,
  • Developing materials for ease of manufacture, and
  • Developing novel services that open up new sources of revenue from manufacturing.

Projects must focus on a manufacturing or materials innovation, rather than product innovation. The main challenge and risk in the project must be in the manufacturing process or materials development.

Scheme budget GBP 15 million

Projects must be led by a business and include at least one SME working alone or in collaboration with other organizations

Project costs are expected to range in size from GBP 50,000 to GBP 2 million

Projects must last from six months to three years

Projects lasting longer than 12 months or with costs of GBP 100,000 or more must involve working with other partners

Funding can be up to 70 percent of project costs for feasibility studies and industrial research, and up to 45 percent for experimental development, depending on the size of the entity
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline 12 July 2017

Contact your United Kingdom representative

Alistair Davies,
director
+44 (0) 29 20264272

Nina Barton,
manager
+44 (0) 117 984 1120

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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