Potential – Call II

The Potential Programme helps companies to set up and increase capacities necessary for the implementation of research, development and innovation activities.

It is possible to obtain support for investments in the establishment or expansion of development centre (departments) aimed at research, development and innovation of products and technologies, including specific software and applications that form a part thereof (software that is component part of the products or technologies). Such a centre should contribute to the introduction (implementation) of technologically new or innovative products, product lines, production processes and technologies. However, there must be the real expectation that the results of the centre's work will actually be used in production.

1.1          Basic characteristics:
Who can apply (beneficiary)
  • Enterprise of any size
  • Supported forms of legal entity are specified in the Call
How much can be obtained for one project
(form and amount of aid)

Subsidy for eligible costs in the amount of CZK 1 to 100 million.

  • Amount of the subsidy for eligible investment costs is governed by the regional map valid for the period 2007-2013.
  • Subsidy for selected operating costs up the amount according to the “de minimis” rule, i.e. up to the maximum amount of EUR 200,000 (only for small and medium sized enterprises)
  • Subsidy for mandatory (reasonable) project publicity
For what aid can be obtained
(supported activities)
  • Establishment or expansion of a development centre (department) aimed at research, development and innovation of products or technologies if there is an expectation of their use in production.
  • Projects that will be supported are those whose outputs will be realized in sectors  defined by CZ-NACE sector classifications C 13-33, E 38.32, J 62, M 71.2, and S 95.1 (see ANNEX 3 of the Call II)
What costs can be supported
(eligible costs)


long-term tangible assets:

  • acquisition of machinery and other equipment (must form together with long term intangible assets at least 50% of eligible investment costs);
  • buildings (up to the amount of 40% of eligible investment costs);
  • land (up to the amount of 10% of eligible investment costs)

Long-term intangible assets:

  • Acquisition of licenses and know-how (for large enterprises up to the amount of 50% of eligible investment costs.

2. SELECTED OPERATING COSTS -  de minimis aid, only for small and medium sized enterprises


Specifics and restrictions
  • The minimum amount of investment in long-term assets used for the purposes of ensuring the activities of the project shall amount to CZK 5 million in the case of small and medium-sized enterprises and CZK 10 million in the case of large enterprises.
  • Only assets used for supported activities can be included in eligible costs (also respective part of the acquisition price can be included).
  • Each applicant is authorised to submit only one project (i.e. one approved Registration Application) for one region. This condition shall be applied also for related parties.
  • Only projects implemented in the Czech Republic, outside the Capital City Prague can be supported.

It is recommended for potential applicants to read attachments at the bottom of this page. Text of the Potential Programme gives basic information about the Programme. Text of the Call then specifies information valid for the specific Call. Prior to applying for the support within the Potential Programme we highly recommend to read properly text of the Call as well as related annexes in order to assess whether the projects fulfils all necessary conditions given by the Call.


Attached files

Description Type Size Date

Potential - text of the programme

139.64 kB 12 May. 2008

Potential - Call II for Submission of Projects

Complete text of the Call II.

146.53 kB 3 Oct. 2008

Summary of the Call II

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

124.03 kB 3 Oct. 2008

Annex 1 – Change (transformation) of an Entity

Describes under what conditions transformation of an entity can be acceptable when evaluating 2 years history of business activity.

24.27 kB 12 May. 2008

Annex 2 – Eligible costs

Contains specification of eligible costs and relating restrictions given by the Call.

38.49 kB 3 Oct. 2008

Annex 3 – Supported NACE categories

Contains listing of those economic activities in which results (outputs) of the research, development and innovation centre shall appear. Restriction on economic activities is binding for the applicant and results of the project can appear only in supported NACE activities.

26.65 kB 12 May. 2008

Annex 4 – Annex I of the EC Treaty

Defines list of products whose manufacture and marketing is in the area of Common Agricultural Policy. Projects whose results will appear in sectors defined by the Annex I of the EC Treaty shall not be supported.

26.86 kB 12 May. 2008

Annex 5 - Definition of the Steel Industry and Manufacture of Synthetic Fibres

Specification of Steel Industry and Manufacture of Synthetic Fibres – sectors that can not be supported.

27.92 kB 12 May. 2008

Annex 6 – Selection criteria

Defines grading methodology of submitted projects. It is recommended to study properly those criteria in order to evaluate project’s prospect of approval.

167.72 kB 12 May. 2008

Annex 7 – Outline of the Business Plan

Important information about how the project (business plan) should be structured and what information it should contain. The recommended outline of the Business plan is designed in a way that it reflects selection criteria defined in the Annex 6.

34.52 kB 12 May. 2008

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