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Global investment and innovation incentives updates: November 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.

Czech Republic

Operational Programme Environment (OPE) for 2019

The timeline of calls under the OPE was updated in September 2018. As a result, in 2019, support can be obtained under 16 new calls, in addition to the 11 existing open calls.

The calls are divided into several priority areas:

  • Improving water quality and reducing the risk of floods;
  • Improving air quality in populated areas;
  • Waste management and material flow;
  • Mitigating environmental burdens and risks;
  • Protection and care for nature and the landscape; and
  • Energy savings.
Scheme budget CZK 11.9 billion
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline Call dependent

 

Open call issued by the European Space Agency (ESA)

The call of the ESA for Czech enterprises and organizations, entitled “Support of Space-Related Activities in the Czech Republic,” is still open. Support will be provided to projects that focus on establishing capacities and enhancing the technology level in technological fields that are relevant for space research. Czech candidates must be integrated within the ESA’s supply structures.

Scheme budget The call is designed for Czech companies (including SMEs) and academic and research organizations

Both individual entities and project syndicates may participate

Support amounts to 90 percent of eligible operating costs
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline 12 December 2018

Contact your Czech Republic representative

Luděk Hanáček,
partner
+420 606 654 304

Germany

Seventh Energy Research Programme

The Seventh Energy Research Programme funds projects in the field of applied non-nuclear energy research. Funding will be provided for applied research, development, and demonstration of energy technologies and relevant cross-sectional topics (TRL three to TRL nine) in several research areas.

The call for proposals covers the following areas:

  • Energy use (buildings and neighborhoods, industry and commerce, energy transformation in transport, and fuel cells);
  • Energy supply (wind energy, photovoltaics, bioenergy, geothermal energy, hydropower, and ocean energy, as well as thermal power plants);
  • System integration (electricity grids, storage, sector coupling, and hydrogen technologies); and
  • Cross-system research topics of the energy system transformation (technology-oriented system analysis, technologies for CO2 cycle management, digitization of the energy system transformation, resource efficiency, as well as technology-accompanying research in relation to social questions associated with the transformation of energy systems).

The Seventh Energy Research Programme also introduces a new form of the project, i.e. “real life laboratories,” which are temporary and geographically limited experimental spaces that can be used to test technical and non-technical innovations for certain research areas.

Scheme budget Eligible applicants are industrial companies and research institutions with a registered office or branch in Germany

Large companies can receive up to 50 percent of funding, SMEs can receive a higher funding rate

Universities may receive funding of up to 100 percent
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline Applications can be handed in on a rolling basis (first application step)

Sixth National civil aviation research program—LuFO (first funding call)

This funding call supports research and technology development projects (individual or joint projects) for the application in the civil aviation sector in Germany.

The main focus is on the following areas:

  • Eco-efficient aviation and disruptive technologies;
  • SMEs (all relevant aviation topics are eligible);
  • Aviation technology development (innovative, resource, and eco-friendly and cost-efficient manufacturing and maintenance processes);
  • Intelligent process technologies for development, production, operation, and maintenance (industry 4.0/ artificial intelligence);
    (Hybrid-)electric manned flying; and
  • Demonstration of new (sub-)systems and technologies.

Joint collaborative projects must be assigned to one of the following disciplines: passenger-friendly and eco-efficient cabins; powerful, safe, and energy-efficient systems; quiet and efficient drives; structures and construction methods; flight physics; safe, efficient, and environmentally friendly aviation processes; and flight guidance and air traffic control.

Scheme budget Eligible applicants are industrial companies and research institutions with a registered office or branch in Germany

Large companies may receive up to 50 percent of funding (25 percent in demonstration projects)

SMEs can receive funding of up to 65 percent (40 percent in demonstration projects)

Universities may receive funding of up to 100 percent
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline 15 January 2019 (first application step)

Civil security—Protection against organized crime II

This funding call supports research relating to holistic approaches to protecting against organized crime with the interdisciplinary involvement of science, industry, and users, as well as practical testing.

The focus is on the following strategies and measures:

  • Development of preventive measures (e.g. counterfeit-proof design, etc.);
  • Investigation of development dynamics and mechanisms of action (e.g. effects of cryptocurrencies, changes in organizational structures, etc.);
  • Development of measures and strategies to combat crime;
  • Development of technological support systems (e.g. for the analysis and visualization of large amounts of data);
  • New technological approaches to improve forensic procedures and methods and to secure evidence in a court of law (e.g. augmented reality); and
  • Further development and optimization of existing operational tactics and technologies for law enforcement authorities.
Scheme budget Eligible applicants are industrial companies, research institutions, non-profit organizations, authorities, as well as similar institutions and associations

Large companies may receive up to 50 percent of funding, SMEs can receive a higher funding rate

Universities and other institutions may receive funding up to 100 percent (an additional lump sum of 20 percent is granted)
Type of incentive Non-repayable cash grant
Deadline 15 February 2019 (first application step)

Contact your Germany representative

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

Portugal

Incentives for setting up internal R&D units (SMEs)

Support is provided for the creation of internal R&D management units specialized in R&D and innovation management activities in a sustainable manner and based on a plan of activities.

Scheme budget EUR 4.5 million
Type of incentive The non-repayable cash grant of up to 50 percent of eligible costs, except for projects in the Lisbon region, where the maximum is 40 percent
Deadline 30 November 2018

Industry 4.0 cash grant scheme

The scheme seeks to help SMEs promote the definition of their own technological strategy, with a view to improving competitiveness. By fostering the elaboration of a diagnosis that produces a set of recommendations, the scheme seeks to facilitate an action plan that leads to the digitization of business processes.

Scheme budget EUR 3.4 million
Type of incentive The non-repayable cash grant of up to 75 percent of eligible costs (up to EUR 7,500 per project), except for projects in the Lisbon region, where the maximum is 40 percent
Deadline As from 4 October 2018, up to the maximum number of applications within the call budget

Contact your Portugal representative

Sérgio Paulo Oliveira,
partner
+35 1 21042 7527

United Kingdom

Capability and Innovation Fund

The fund aims are to facilitate the commercialization of financial technology that is relevant to SMEs. This is likely to be of interest to a wide range of applicants, including those that develop technology used by banks. An application may be considered more favorably if the product, for example, uses breakthrough technology, is likely to benefit SMEs directly or indirectly, is a usable alternative to existing banking products, and is easy for end customers to use. There will be five awards of GBP 5 million each.

Scheme budget GBP 25 million
Type of incentive Cash grant
Deadline 30 April 2019

Contact your United Kingdom representative

Alistair Davies,
managing director
+44 29 2026 4272

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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