SIGMA Programme: Announcement of the 6th Call for Proposals - sub-objective 1, support for commercialisation of R&D&I+

On 17 January 2024, the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (hereinafter referred to as „TA CR”) announced the sixth public call in the Programme for Support of Applied Research and Innovation SIGMA – sub-objective 1, support for commercialisation of R&D&I+ (hereinafter referred to as “SIGMA – support for commercialisation of R&D&I+”)

The announcement of the public call was published by TA CR in the Commercial Bulletin and the Information System for Research, Experimental Development, and Innovation.

SIGMA – support for commercialisation of R&D&I+ is aimed at supporting projects with the ambition to participate in the EIC Accelerator, to support the commercialization of breakthrough innovative solutions (product, service, societal challenges etc.) and to support the growth and development of SMEs and startups based in the Czech Republic. The public call aims to verify the outputs/results of applied research in terms of their practical application and to prepare their subsequent commercial use or use for the needs of society. The projects will result in feasibility studies in English. Applicants will be offered the possibility of a special screening of their successful projects for synergic purposes. Since the TA CR obtained the EC certification for  the SIGMA programme, successful projects could apply for the 2nd round of the EIC Accelerator – once further evaluated. Projects successful in this call for proposals will be provided with support services – coaching. 

TA CR would like to inform the applicants that the project proposal must be filled in English, as well as its mandatory annexes Project proposal (Annex 1 of the Call documentation) and video, which will characterize the project proposal. A functional link to the video should be attached to the project proposal in the ISTA.

TA CR also recommends the applicants to switch language in ISTA to English via appropriate flag icon in the top right corner after logging in. Only in such cases the project application will be available in English to the whole extent. 

The Call Period begins on January 18, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. and ends on March 8, 2024, at the times indicated below:

  • 16:29:59 – This is the latest possible time to submit a project proposal through the ISTA information system;
  • 23:59:59 – is the latest possible moment to send the following documents via your mailbox:
    • Confirmation of submission of the electronic project proposal, which must be sent by the lead applicant;
    • Evidence of eligibility is to be sent by each applicant separately.

Data box ID TA CR: afth9xp

Detailed information necessary for the preparation and submission of the project proposal, including details on the evaluation method and criteria, can be found in the Call documentation and other documents associated with the call for proposals. The ISTA Information System includes help sheets to assist you in completing the project proposal. 

TA CR will not organize any webinars for this public call. During the call period, TA CR will publish an information presentation on its website summarising the terms and conditions of the public call. 

TA CR further informs applicants that it will only accept such project proposals whose applicants (i.e. the main applicant and another participant):

  • publish the financial statements in the public register – for entities that have this obligation for a period of three years (2020, 2021, 2022); 
  • do not meet the definition of a company in difficulty
  • are registered in the register of beneficial owners by the end of the call period, i.e. by 6/03/2024;
  • meet the other conditions set out in the Call documentation.

Do you have any questions? You can ask it via HELPDESK. You can also contact the regional representatives of the TA CR.


In order to eliminate corrupt influences during the call process, TA CR asks all applicants to inform the company immediately of any alleged corrupt activity of which they become aware. Notification, together with a description of the relevant facts, can make it much easier for the TA CR to identify and eliminate possible corrupt efforts. Complaints concerning suspicions of corrupt practices or other unfair activities may notify according to the procedure on the website of TA CR


Call documentation

Zadávací dokumentace (CZ)

Call documentation (EN)

Annex 1 – Project proposal 

Příloha č. 2 – Hodnoticí proces (CZ)

Annex No. 2 – Evaluation process  (EN)

Related documentation and forms

Čestné prohlášení za uchazeče/Sworn statement of the applicant (CZ/EN)

Smlouva o poskytnutí podpory (CZ)

Genderová dimenze v obsahu výzkumu SIGMA (CZ)

Gender dimension in research content SIGMA (EN)

Všeobecné podmínky v7 (CZ)

General Terms and Conditions v7 (EN)

Additional documentation

Program SIGMA(CZ)

Výklad podmínek uznatelnosti nákladů dle Všeobecných podmínek verze č. 7 (CZ)

Výzkumná data a otevřený přístup k výstupům/výsledkům (CZ)

Research data and open accas to outputs/results (EN)

Plán správy dat – Horizont Evropa (CZ)

Plán správy dat – TA ČR (CZ)

Data Management plan – TA CR (EN)

Povinná publicita podpořených projektů TA ČR (CZ)

Karty tematických oblastí RIS3 strategie ČR  (CZ)


User’s guide to the definition of SMEs (EN)

A general guide for evaluators  (CZ)

The public call was announced in accordance with Act No. 130/2002 Coll., on support for research, experimental development, and innovation from public funds and amendments to certain related acts, in accordance with the Framework for State Aid for Research, Development, and Innovation 2014/C 198/01 and in accordance with Commission Regulation (EU) No. 651/2014 of 17 June 2014.

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