Czech Republic: TA CR

Programme Profile:

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (TA CR)

Czech Republic

Name of the programme/initiative:

National research programme EPSILON - The programme for the support of applied research and experimental development

programme website

ERA-NET Cofund schemes (in Czech)

ERA-NET Cofund schemes (in English)

National research programme EPSILON (in Czech)

National research programme EPSILON (in English)

Programme owner

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Program manager (excecuting funding organisation)

Technology Agency of the Czech Republic

Contact person
Details: e-mail, tel.

Name: Iveta Zaparkova; Kristina Nehilcova

Phone: +420 234 611 629

e-mail: iveta.zaparkova@tacr.cz; kristina.nehilcova@tacr.cz

Type of research eligible for funding: eligible TRL range

ONLY APPLIED RESEARCH projects can be supported by TA CR.

The project has to achieve the result(s) applied in practice. There should be a clear description of the exploitation plan and results in the project proposal.

For definitions of the applied research see Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation, 2014/C 198/01 and COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014.)

(for definitions, see Framework for State aid for research and development and innovation, 2014/C 198/01 and COMMISSION REGULATION (EU) No 651/2014 of 17 June 2014.)

 

Projects must reflect 3-9 TRL.

Funding rates (approx.)

The aid intensity for each Czech applicant in the project is determined based on the type of entity according to the Regulation (see table below) and at the same time must not exceed the maximum permissible aid intensity for the Czech part of the project, which is 85 % of the total eligible costs.

Applicant

Industrial research

Industrial research with a bonus for effective collaboration 

Experimental development

Experimental development with a bonus for effective collaboration 

Small enterprises*

70 %

80 %***

45 %

60 %

Medium-sized enterprises*

60 %

75 %***

35 %

50 %

Large enterprises

50 %

65 %

25 %

40 %

Research Organisations**

100 %***

100 %***

100 %***

100 %***

* Note: An SME is defined in Annex 1 of the Regulation

** Research organisations must satisfy the definition in the Act and the Framework. 

*** While respecting the maximum permissible aid intensity of 70 % per project

Major eligibility restrictions
(e.g. types of organisations, thematic restricition)

Eligible projects for TA CR

  • the project meets the definition of applied research and innovation
  • the research results correspond to the national rules and are applicable / exploitable. (The project proposal has to include a clear description of the exploitation plan and results.)
  • the aim of the project has to be relevant to the overall aim of the funding programme EPSILON 
  • the industrial research and experimental development share corresponds to the activities of the Czech partner described in the project proposal
  • the applicants are eligible (based on the rules stated below)
  • the costs are eligible (based on the rules stated below)
  • the requested funding meets the national regulations for aid intensity
  • the applicants have published the financial statements for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 

 

Unless the above stated conditions are met, the Czech applicant will not be considered eligible.

Eligible applicants for TACR:

  • Enterprises (according to Annex 1 of the Regulation)
  • Research organizations (according to Article 2 paragraph 83 of the Regulation)
  • Enterprises who act as natural persons according to Annex 1 of the Regulation engaged in an economic activity pursuant to Act no. 455/1991 coll. on Trades (Trade Act).

 

TACR excludes the disbursement of individual aid to an enterprise:

  • against which a recovery order has been issued which is unpaid
  • meeting the definition of an “undertaking in difficulty” (only in Czech) 
  • which has not met the obligation to publish the financial statements for the years 2016, 2017, 2018 in the respective register - the so-called "Veřejný rejstřík” 

Supported results 

Projects that achieve at least one of the following types of results can be supported in this Call. The type of the result has to be clearly described in the project proposal:

P - patent;

G - technically realized results - prototype, functional sample;

Z - pilot plant, proven technology;

R - software;

F - results with legal protection - utility model, industrial design;

N - Certified methodologies and practices, treatment, conservation methods, procedures and specialized maps with professional expert content;

O - Miscellaneous Results not to be recognized by the programme manager as a single result of a given project, but only in combination with at least one other result listed in the list of result types above: 

H - results reflected in non-legislative directives and regulations binding within the competence of the respective provider and results reflected in the approved strategic and conceptual documents of the state or public administration.

Budget & eligible costs 

The eligible costs are:

  • personnel costs (including scholarships)
  • subcontracting costs (max. 20% of total eligible costs throughout the whole project period)
  • other direct costs (write-offs, protection of intellectual property, operating expenses, travel costs, consumables)
  • indirect costs (overheads) - full cost/flat rate 25% (indirect costs in the respective year are calculated as 25% of the sum of the personnel costs and other direct costs in the same year.)

These specific categories of eligible costs are defined under Article 17 of the General Terms & Conditions 

Please note: TA CR can´t fund costs connected with Regenerative medicine in Topic 5 (New strategies for advanced material-based technologies for health applications).

Intellectual Property Rights

The applicants are required to enter into a contract with their foreign partners (sign a so-called Consortium Agreement) which will define the conditions of cooperation on the project where, among other things, they specify the method of allocating rights to the research results, as well as adjustment and management of the rights imported or created during the project's implementation, which are necessary to address the project.

Geographical coverage (national/regional)

Czech Republic

National/regional schedule, cut-off dates, Deadlines

Mandatory forms to be submitted

The Czech applicants are requested to submit:

  • A Sworn statement of the applicant;
  • Completed “TACR Application Form” Excel file (in Czech);
  • if the applicant plans to achieve  the “NmetS” type of result, the "Confirmation of the Certification authority for NmetS results" needs to be attached
  • if the applicant plans to achieve the “Patent” type of result, patent search must be substantiated

All documents (to be found on TA CR website) proving the eligibility of the Czech applicant (mentioned above) must be send to TACR data box (ID: afth9xp) within the same deadline as the project pre-proposals. Please fill in the subject line as: „Horizon2020 – M-ERA.Net 2 Call 2020 - prokázání způsobilosti - akronym projektu“.

“Guide for the Czech applicants” and “Funding rules for the Czech applicants“ will be available on the TA CR website in Czech.