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New call to participate in TREND

On 29 April 2020, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TACR) announced the third call within the research and experimental development programme, focusing on the creation of research and development results and their use in one´s own business activities (especially to enhance the effectiveness of production and to implement new products and services). The programme´s main objective is to increase the international competitiveness of businesses. Large enterprises may also apply.

The main candidate may only be an enterprise carrying out a project alone and/or in cooperation with other enterprises/research organisations. The main candidate may apply for support for a maximum of one draft project while providing supporting documentation on the accounting history of at least two years.

Basic information:

  • acceptance of applications for support from 30 April to 24 June 2020
  • project commencement: 1 Jan 2021 at the earliest and 1 April 2021 at the latest project completion: 31 March 2026 at the latest
  • project implementation: 12–60 months.

Candidates may apply for support of up to CZK 40 million per project. The maximum support intensity varies depending on the size of the involved enterprise and the category of the activity the enterprise has chosen. For large businesses, the aid intensity has been set to range between 25% and 65% of eligible costs. A higher level of support will be provided to enterprises carrying out their projects in efficient cooperation with another enterprise or research organisation. Efficient cooperation need not be proven by providing any documentation; the fulfilment of this condition will be assessed during the project evaluation process.

Eligible costs will be personnel expenses, expenses for sub-supplies, other direct expenses and indirect expenses, but no investments/capital expenditures!

Project proposals must be aimed to arrive at one of the following outputs/results to be subsequently applied in practice: industrial design, utility design, prototype, functional sample, software, pilot operation, verified technology, etc.

The call to participate in the TREND programme prescribes a number of other parameters and criteria, which we will be happy to discuss with you should you be interested.