Do you represent a smaller firm for which, thanks to competition from large companies, some orders are unattainable due to their price or scale? Can your firm not fully use its capacities and potential because of this? Would you like to implement a bigger project, (for example a scientific-research one), but alone you do not have sufficient financing and this project could bring benefits for other companies? Then you should find a partner for cooperation. The main problem of small firms is not their size, but their isolation. By joining with other firms in the branch, you can resolve the same problems together. You will not be only competitors, but in certain areas you will be also partners.

The Cooperation programme is intended for those who want to cooperate with other companies in their branch and to establish cluster.

Those who can also be involved in the programme include:

  • Large firms that want to cooperate more with universities and scientific-research institutions  and to thus support their own innovative capability
  • Regional authorities looking for a successful regional development tool which would bring economic growth and greater specialisation
  • Universities and scientific-research institutions that strive to enhance cooperation on specific projects in the private sphere. These organisations endeavour to accelerate the transfer of technologies into practice and to commercialise the results of their research

This programme and the association of other regional entities from the branch in the form of a cluster offer everyone the opportunity to gain valuable experience and knowledge. Thanks to the mutual cooperation and participation in joint projects, this therefore enables the improvement of mutual ties and the establishment of long-term, advantageous multilateral partnerships of firms, universities, research institutes, regional authorities and other institutions in the given region.

Basic characteristics:

Who can apply

(aid recipients)

  • legal entities (firms, universities, regions, clusters)
  • recipients for specific activities will be more narrowly defined in individual calls
How much can be obtained for each project
(form and amount of aid)
  • grants
  • the amount of support for individual types of activities is not currently known. Specific information will be introduced in individual calls.
For what aid can be obtained
(supported activities)
  • clusters – development of cooperative groupings associating firms in a given field, regional authorities, universities, research and other institutions in the region
  • poles of excellence – development of specific types of groupings focused on high-tech manufacturing and cross-sector branches (biotechnology, nanotechnology, etc.)
  • technology platforms  - development of sector groupings associating key decision-makers in the branch at the national level that focus on scientific-research projects
Which costs can be supported
(eligible costs)
  • long-term tangible assets (particularly hardware, networks, equipment and instruments for science and research, purchase of structures and land)
  • long-term intangible assets (particularly software and data, intellectual property rights)
  • operating costs (particularly rent, wages, travel, seminars and workshops, marketing and promotion)
  • eligible costs for specific activities will be more narrowly defined in individual calls

Attached files

Description Type Size Date

Cooperation - text of the programme

83.07 kB 17 Apr. 2007

Cooperation – Technology platforms Call II – Summary

Summarizes conditions as well as types of support for the second call.

91.91 kB 7 Sep. 2009

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