New financing for SMEs and clusters from IT

June 11, 2018

The guide for a new type of financing through Operational Program of Competitiveness: Action 2.2.1 “Support for adding value generated by ICT and innovation field by developing clusters” has been published for debate and will be launched in the next period.

Main details about this call:

A project is eligible for financial support under this action only if at the end of the implementation will have as a result at least one innovative ICT application / product / service.

Eligible applicants:

  • Enterprises (micro/small/medium-sized enterprises) operating in Romania, focused on ICT or who operates as members of clusters focused on ICT;
  • Partnerships between micro/small/medium-sized enterprises operating in Romania, members of clusters focused on ICT.

The support will target the development of innovative ICT products / services / applications through:

a)  Investments in tangible and intangible assets within an initial investment;
b)  Investments in industrial research and experimental development;
c)   Investments in projects for innovation of SMEs;
d)   Investments in projects regarding process and organizational innovation;
e) Minimis aid: market research expenditure, information and publicity, consultancy, notice, authorizations, training, audit, management, subscriptions, etc.

The amount of non-reimbursable funding is: between 500.000 euro and 2.500.000 euro

Financing percentage:

  • For activities from a) to d): between 20% and 80% of total eligible costs, differentiated according to project activities, the size of the company and the region where it is being implemented.
  • For minimis aid – point e): 100%, maximum 200.000 euro and no more than 20% of the total eligible costs of the project.

Project duration: maximum 36 months.

Find more details here.

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