The DELTA 2 support programme for applied research, experimental development and innovation (hereinafter the “Programme”) was approved by Resolution of the Government of the Czech Republic No. 307 of 16 May 2018. The DELTA 2 Programme is a follow-up to the DELTA Programme and will also focus on international cooperation in applied research and experimental development of Czech enterprises and research organisations and their foreign partners.
DURATION AND DATE OF ANNOUNCEMENT
The Programme is expected to run from 2020 to 2025. The call for proposal in applied research, experimental development and innovation for selecting projects eligible for the Programme will first be announced in 2019. Subsequent call for proposals are expected to be announced annually from 2020 until 2023. The estimated implementation period of a project is 36 months. The duration of a project shall not exceed the duration of the Programme itself.
The DELTA 2 Programme focuses on supporting cooperation in applied research (including industrial research, experimental development or a combination of the two) using joint projects of Czech enterprises and research organisations supported by TA CR and foreign participants, with the expected (but not implicitly imperative) support of foreign technology and innovation agencies or other similar institutions. The designated projects will aim at specific outputs in applied research, i.e. they will lead to the acquisition of new findings and skills for the development of new or substantially improved products, processes or services and to the creation of new products, processes or services. The selected projects shall respond to the current and future needs of the given country.
The Programme’s objective is to increase the number of specific results in those areas of applied research where there is a conformity with a foreign partner; such results will be implemented in practice, thus enhancing the competitiveness of the enterprises and research organisations involved through the bilateral, or multilateral, cooperation of Czech and foreign participants. This objective will be achieved through support for joint projects implemented by applicants from the Czech Republic and from those areas which are promising for the given countries.
TOTAL EXPENDITURE OF PROGRAMME
The total expenditure of the Programme amounts to 1,656 million CZK. The state budget expenses (the TA CR Section) amount to 1,225 million CZK out of the total expenditure. The average intensity of the aid provided to the Programme is expected to be 74%.