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EUR 272 million EU funding for business innovation on the Romanian market in 2016

EUR 272 million will be available through the 2nd call for submissions of the EU funds programme for innovation within the Romanian market. The new call for submissions will be opened in the 1st trimester of 2016, offering new funding opportunities with grants of up to EUR 20 million and funding intensities that can reach 100%.  

The Competitiveness Operational Programme (POC-Axis 1-Call 2) – the main funding programme for innovation on the Romanian market – aims to stimulate innovation and develop R&D activities within SMEs and large enterprises by offering grants of up to EUR 20 million and funding intensities of up to 100%. For the first time on the Romanian market, the programme will be open not only for Romanian enterprises, but also for enterprises incorporated in other EU Member States.

In the table below, you can access detailed presentations for each sub-programme. The Applicant’s Guides for the 2nd call for submissions will not be modified significantly compared to the ones for the 1st call for submissions.

Project type

Competition budget

Call for submissions
Investments in the R&D infrastructure of enterprises –
Presentation link
€ 20m Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Young innovate enterprises –
Presentation link
Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Innovation clusters –
Presentation link
€ 15m Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Attracting international experts for R&D projects –
Presentation link
Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Knowledge transfer partnerships –
Presentation link
€ 60m Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Innovative enterprises – start-ups and spin-offs –
Presentation link
€ 15m Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Investments for universities/public R&D institutions –
Presentation link
€ 60m Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.
Creating synergy within the Horizon 2020 programme –
Presentation link
€ 29m Call opening to be announced 2nd quarter 2016.

Winnovart’s tips for this new funding cycle:

– Funding opportunities for the private sector will be less apparent than in the previous cycle when investments were clearly funded for increasing production capacity or purchasing tangible/intangible assets – the main interest for enterprises in the Romanian industry. Now the priority is innovation, thus in order to exploit these new opportunities, an approach will be needed that is strategic and more creative than in the past.

– The funding programmes encourage an international aspect to the projects by attracting international experts, as well as by giving EU-based enterprises direct access as applicants.

We gladly remain at your disposition for more information about these new funding programmes, as well as for identifying an approach to make use of them.

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