The National Centre for Research and Development



Innovative Economy Operational Programme




The Innovative Economy Program is one of six National Strategic Reference Framework programs funded by the European Union. It is addressed mainly to businesses which intend to carry out innovative projects associated with research and development, state-of-the-art technologies, investments of huge importance to the Polish economy or implementation and application of ICT.




The key objective of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme is development of the Polish economy driven by innovation-seeking companies.

This key objective shall be accomplished via achievement of the following goals:


  • Increase of innovation in business,
  • Rise in competitiveness of Polish sciences
  • Higher importance of Polish sciences for the economic growth 
  • Increased share of innovative products of the Polish economy in the international market,
  • Providing better and long-lasting jobs
  • Increased use of ICT in the economy.


The Innovative Economy Operational Programme’s budget shall be spent on highly innovative ventures with a huge impact on our country’s economy.

The Innovative Economy Operational Programme offers comprehensive support for R & D-related ventures which provide businesses undertaking them with a competitive advantage in the Single European Market as well as in international markets, which in turn leads to long-lasting and good jobs in innovative companies.  

Grants on scientific activity conducted to the benefit of businesses and providing economy with new generation  technology solutions shall reach the sector of science concerned with the increase of innovation and competitiveness of the Polish economy.

In order to enable businesses to create, transfer and implement modern technological and organizational solutions, the programme shall target broadly taken business environment, especially the one with supraregional reach. At the same time, it will reach out to institutions which encourage business innovation and entrepreneurship and, as such, are of the highest importance to economy as a whole,
including networks of those institutions, eminent innovation centers and organizations providing funds for innovative ventures.

Such actions shall be taken as one of nine priorities of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme. The aim of each priority is to provide funding for science focused on creation of innovative solutions, conditions for development of this science and its cooperation with business, companies capable of commercializing those solutions, promotion of Polish products and companies likely to conquer global markets, computerization of economy and administration sector.


• Priority Axis 1 – Research and development of state-of-the-art. technologies.
• Priority Axis 2 – R&D infrastructure
• Priority Axis 3 – Innovation capital
• Priority Axis 4 -  Investment in innovative ventures.
• Priority Axis 5 – Diffusion of innovations
• Priority Axis  6 – Polish economy worldwide.
• Priority Axis 7 – Information society – heading for electronic administration services.
• Priority Axis 8 – Information society – raise in economy innovation.
• Priority Axis 9 – Technical help.


Funds for the implementation of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme will be provided by the European Union (European Regional Development Fund - 85 %) and Poland (state budget and budgets of local government units - 15 %).




The Program’s Managing Authority (MA) is the Ministry of Regional Development. Apart from MA, the system also includes other institutions which act as agents throughout the implementation of the Programme – so-called Intermediate Bodies (IB).


  • National Centre for Research and Development – for Priorities I and II.
  • Ministry of Economy – for Priorities III, IV, V and VI.
  • Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration – for Priorities VII and VIII.


If you are interested, please introduce yourself to the contents of the Innovative Economy Operational Programme 2007-2013.




We are pleased to announce that on the 29th of April, 2016 the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR), together with the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan (MOST) are opening a call for joint research projects in the following areas...
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On 7 March 2016 the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) and the Brazilian Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico - The National Council of Technological and Scientific Development (CNPq) signed an agreement on co-operation in Brasilia.
The National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) announced a new contest implemented under Measure 3.4 "Management in higher education institutions" of the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development (PO WER).
Under the Operational Programme Knowledge Education Development (PO WER), the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) announced Copernicus Pathways 2.0 competition.
New technologies, investing in start-ups, linking science and business were among the topics discussed during the 9th Investment Forum held on 20-21 June in Tarnów.
Announced in March by PZU, MNiSW and NCBR representatives, the fund is taking shape. Its concept and name were presented during IMPACT'16 4.0 Economy congress in Cracow. Managed by TFI PZU, Witelo Fund will be created as a non-public closed-end investment fund (FIZAN).
With PLN 150 million at disposal, the National Centre for Research and Development (NCBR) announces the third competition under the framework of "Environment, agriculture and forestry" - BIOSTRATEG strategic R&D programme.
The third edition of Demonstrator will soon begin with new call rules and under a new name - Pilot Lines. This time the contest is open only to large companies that compete for funding for R&D projects related to forming a pilot plant.

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