Applied research programme

Target group: Companies that are ready to invest in the development of innovative products/services and whose projects are implemented in smart specialisation growth areas

The applied research programme has been created to help companies increase the demand for research and development, as a result of which the income of these companies will be increased through new or significantly altered technology, processes, products or services.

With the help of the applied research support, the company will be able to, independently or in cooperation with other companies, scientific establishments, testing laboratories or intellectual property experts:


  • develop innovative technology, processes, products or services;

  • experiment with new materials; and

  • learn about technological feasibility.


Grant amounts


  • The minimum amount dispersed by the grant is 100,000 euros and the maximum 3,000,000 euros

  • The maximum amount for projects exclusively involving feasibility studies is 20,000 euros


Support rates


  • Support rate for applied research 70% (small), 60% (medium), 50% (big)

  • Support rate for applied research in the context of effective cooperation 80% (small), 75% (medium), 65% (big)

  • Support rate for product development 45% (small), 35% (medium), 25% (big)

  • Support rate for product development in the context of effective cooperation 60% (small), 50% (medium), 40% (big)

  • Support rate for feasibility studies 70% (small), 60% (medium), 50% (big)

  • The support rate for product development and applied research for entrepreneurs outside Tallinn and Harju County is 80% and for entrepreneurs in Tallinn and Harju County 70%, as the support is given as de minimis aid (up to 200,000 euros over a span of three years).

  • If the support is given on the basis of points 3.1 (the company has been affected by the COVID-19 crisis and the sum of the support is up to 800,000 euros) and 3.6 (support granted to research and development projects related to COVID-19), the support rate for product development and applied research is 80% for entrepreneurs outside Tallinn and Harju County and 70% for entrepreneurs in Tallinn and Harju County. Please note! The project application must be submitted before June 2021 in order to apply for support under the COVID framework so that the financing decision can be made by 30 June 2021 at the latest.

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Total budget

23,000,000
The budget for projects started by entrepreneurs outside of Tallinn and Harju County is 11.6 million euros.
The implementing agency may, six months after the regulation has taken effect (after 2 June 2021), use the carrying amounts allocated to projects of entrepreneurs from outside Tallinn and Harju County to finance projects of entrepreneurs in Tallinn and Harju County.

Goal


Terms and Conditions

  • Any company registered in the Estonian Business Registry may apply, regardless of size.
  • The number of applications a company can send is not limited.
  • No base age is set for the applying company. Both active and startup companies can apply for the grant.
  • The applying company must have performed payments eligible for repayment within a certain amount.
  • The applying company must not be struggling financially.
  • The project may last until 31 December 2023.
  • Every applying company that has received support from the European Regional Development Fund must inform the public of this using the European Regional Development Fund and Enterprise Estonia logos. Informing and logos
  • Support recipients must declare their research and development activity in their yearly report collected by Statistics Estonia.
  • If the applying company purchases research and development services, the service providers can only be companies and scientific organisations that have references acknowledged in their field. The service provider can be from Estonia or from a foreign country.

Activities that are supported

  1. Conducting applied research
  2. Implementation of product development
  3. Conducting a feasibility study for the activities mentioned in points 1 or 2
  4. Applying for the initial protection of intellectual property resulting from the activities mentioned in points 1 or 2
  5. Training the employees of the applying company or a partner subsidiary resulting from the activities mentioned in points 1 or 2
  6. The activities mentioned in points 4 and 5 will only be supported if applied research or product development will be performed as well

VAT is not eligible

Activities receiving support that take place outside Estonia must comply with the terms stipulated in article 70, section 2 of Regulation (EU) No. 1303/2013 of the European Parliament and of the Council.


Kontakt


 Applications are preceded by a mandatory pre-consultation.

Kaupo Reede
kaupo.reede@eas.ee

 
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