As the development voucher usually only makes it possible to conduct a certain part of a development project (e.g. a patent study, laboratory testing), then other important aspects of product, service or technology development activities (such as the current state of the field, the technological feasibility of the project etc.) may, unfortunately, remain insufficiently studied. You are the perfect candidate for the development voucher grant of EAS if your company could use comprehensive expert advice from specialists in their field in order to implement changes.
Maximum grant 20,000 EUR
Each applicant who has received a grant from European Regional Development Fund must inform the public about receiving the grant, using the logo of the European Regional Development Fund and the EAS. Please refer to the guideline and logos.
The innovation voucher applications can be submitted via the EAS e-service on an ongoing basis.
The applications are evaluated by an EAS client manager who can bring aboard independent experts, if necessary. Processing time for an application (including evaluation) is up to 20 days.
Both the interim and final report should be submitted via the EAS e-service.
An interim report has to be submitted only when the implementation period of the project exceeds 12 months.
The entrepreneur should define their product, service or technology development obstacle, question or issue that needs a solution, in relation to which they need expert advice, technology or material tests, studies in intellectual property databases etc.
The entrepreneur will find suitable cooperation partners, who have been listed in subsections 4 (5-6) of the measure regulation and on the EAS website. Continuing collaboration with the cooperation partners of the innovation voucher project is preferred.
A suitable project plan will be developed with cooperation partners in order to implement activities (instruction). Then the cooperation partner will compile a price quote that has to be submitted to EAS along with the project plan when applying for the development voucher. The price quote should include a clear description of the activities of the services bought and unit prices, so that it would be understood how the given price quote came to be.
NB! Three independent price quotes have to be submitted if the price of the purchased service exceeds 5,000 euros. If the applicant of the grant is unable to submit three independent price quotes, they should add a corresponding explanation to their application. When purchasing the consultation and research services of a consultation company concerning the development voucher, the terms of reference along with comparable price quotes for all purchase transactions have to be provided, regardless of their cost.
After receiving price quote(s) and determining specific activities of the project, it is necessary to fill a short application form and submit it via the EAS e-service. A project plan has to be submitted along with the application.
The evaluation criteria of the development voucher application and their percentages of the total grade are the following:
The entrepreneur and their cooperation partners will conduct the project in accordance with the agreed conditions. If a cooperation partner requires an advance payment, then the entrepreneur is responsible for paying it initially (as is the case for all other state-funded grants).
After the completion of the project, the entrepreneur shall submit a final report on the work that has been done to the EAS, as well as other necessary documents. If everything got done in accordance to the initial agreement EAS will reimburse the innovation voucher to the entrepreneur in full.
After the end of the project, a final report of the project has to be submitted along with the following documents: