Private sector and R&D consortia receive EU support for joint innovative projects

Posted in: News- Dec 09, 2016

Belgrade, December 9, 2016 – Fourteen innovative projects in Serbia received financial support from the European Union within the framework of the Collaborative Grant Scheme Program, the Innovation Fund, which is implementing the Program, announced today.

Projects have been submitted by the consortia consisting of micro, small and medium private companies and public research and development (R&D) organizations registered in Serbia, and have undergone an independent evaluation by the international Investment Committee of the Fund. They were assigned the amount of EUR 3m.

A total of 96 projects from 25 cities across Serbia applied and 74 of them met the eligibility criteria, while 27 entered the final selection process. Projects which have capable teams, innovative potential and clear development plans as well as sufficient quality to compete in the international markets have been chosen for financing.

The Grant Scheme Program is financed by the European Union in the amount of EUR 2.4 m, and co-financed by the Republic of Serbia through the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development in the amount of EUR 1 million.

“We are very pleased to be able to invest the EU taxpayers’ money in the development of high-quality innovative projects like the ones awarded today. In cooperation with the Government of the Republic of Serbia and the Innovation Fund, through this program we continue to contribute to the strengthening of innovative entrepreneurship in Serbia,” says Steffen Hudolin, Head of Operations of the EU Delegation in Serbia.

The Collaborative Grant Scheme Program aims to bring together private companies and public R&D organizations in Serbia to encourage the development of innovative products, services and technologies with commercial application.

“The support provided by the EU through the Grant Scheme contributes to the efforts of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development to encourage the development of innovative projects and commercialization of innovative ideas coming from the academic community. This is the first time that joint projects of entrepreneurs and researchers in our country receive not only institutional but also financial support from the state.  As an important precondition for strengthening the competitiveness of our economy, innovations are our strategic goal”, says Vladimir Popović, state secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological Development.

Awardees

Lead applicant: Agrounik
Project summary: Bacterial product for protecting apple and pear trees against infection

Lead applicant: Bankom
Project summary:Easily digestive soybean feed for young animals and pets

Lead applicant: EUGEN CHOCOLATE
Project summary:Chocolates enriched with bioactive plant extracts

Lead applicant: Gecko Solutions
Project summary: Performance tracking mobile app for table tennis players

Lead applicant: GeoGIS
Project summary:Airborne surveying and mapping device for monitoring acoustic noise

Lead applicant: GreenLab
Project summary: Probiotic animal feed for preventing intestinal infections

Lead applicant: LMB SOFT
Project summary: Solution for minimizing the risk of infection from blood transfusion in hospitals

Lead applicant: Mont Stubline
Project summary: Cost-effective heat exchanger for pasteurizing organic waste

Lead applicant: NIRI 4NL RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
Project summary: Intelligent advertising solution for mobile commerce

Lead applicant: NovelIC
Project summary: Contactless sensor module for detecting human presence in various environments

Lead applicant: OTTO BOCK SAVA
Project summary: Integrated system for production of the orthopedic aides

Lead applicant: Quadra Graphic
Project summary: Digital security IDs based on butterfly scale patterns

Lead applicant: Tetragon
Project summary: Single component water-based adhesive

Lead applicant: WIPL-D
Project summary: Electromagnetic simulation software for global telecommunication industry