Fast Track in 2019 - what's new?

In 2019, for the first time, both SMEs and large entrepreneurs can apply for co-financing under one competition procedure. An additional novelty is the possibility of participating in the competition not only of the companies themselves, but also of consortia of entrepreneurs and scientific units. In practice: SMEs or large companies can apply for grants alone, in partnership or in cooperation with universities or research institutes. Such a solution will enable better planning, preparation and implementation of research and development projects. However, this is not the only change that Applicants will face in 2019. In implementing the governmental program Accessibility+, the NCBR will also announce a new competition aimed at supporting R&D work aimed at creating or adapting existing products and services to the needs of people with disabilities.

Similarly to other NCBR competitions, the proposals will be evaluated by independent experts not only in terms of innovation, but also market demand and cost-effectiveness of implementation. The competition will also include projects dedicated to the use of existing technologies - through their new "tailor-made" applications - for the needs of people with disabilities.

There will be also funds for SMEs certified by the European Commission Seal of Excellence. For the competition dedicated to this group, the National Center for Research and Development reserved PLN 50 million. Similarly to last year, in all competitions under the Smart Growth Operation Programme, co-financing will be available for implementation of projects in less developed regions, which means that the place of project implementation must be in a voivodeship other than Mazowieckie.

Dates and budgets of competitions:

  • Fast Track for SMEs with the Seal of Excellence certificate, budget: PLN 50 million, announcement of the competition: February 15, 2019 read more ...
  • Fast Track for SMEs, large companies and consortia (also involving research units), budget of the 1st competition: PLN 1 050 million, announcement of the competition: February 28, 2019 read more ...
  • Fast Track dedicated to projects for Accessibility+, budget: PLN 50 million, announcement of the competition: February 28, 2019 read more ...
  • Fast Track for SMEs, large companies and consortia (also with the participation of scientific units), 2nd competition budget: PLN 1 100 million, announcement of the competition: August 14, 2019.

    For more information please contact Information Point of the National Centre for Research and Development:
    info-at-ncbr.gov.pl