TREND programme announces two more calls

The Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR) has published the preliminary parameters of the 6th and 7th public call to participate in the TREND programme focusing on providing support to industrial research and experimental development. The calls are scheduled to be announced on 27 April 2022.

The sixth call named Technology Leaders will be open to companies with experience in carrying out in-house research and development (R&D) and to companies with experience in purchasing R&D services from research organisations that have not yet developed their own R&D activities. Further details:

  • The competition period will run from 28 April to 16 June 2022.
  • Projects must last between 12 and 60 months.
  • The project end date is 31 December 2027.
  • The maximum support amount per project is CZK 25 million.

The seventh call named 5G aims to support research and development of 5G and higher technologies. The call is open to enterprises and research organisations. However, only enterprises can be the main applicants. Further details:

  • The competition period will run from 28 April to 13 June 2022.
  • Projects must last between 12 to 36 months.
  • The project end date is 31 December 2025.
  • The maximum support amount per project is CZK 15 million.

The results of the two calls will be announced on 31 December 2022; projects can begin on the following date and by March 2023 at the latest. The maximum aid intensity is up to 70% of total eligible costs, which are to be personnel expenses including stipends, but also sub-deliveries, indirect costs, and other direct costs. Applicants must provide evidence of a minimum two-year accounting history.

Under the conditions of both calls, projects carried out must result in one of the following outputs: an industrial design, a utility model, a prototype, a functional sample, software, semi-production, or a proven technology. In combination with these outputs, more specific methodologies or patents will also be acceptable.

The main applicant may submit only one project proposal in each call. It is not possible to submit the same proposal for both calls. If the applicant does so, both proposals will be excluded from the competition. Further terms and conditions will be published on the day the calls are announced.

If you are interested in the TREND programme, we will be happy to provide you with more information.

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