Co-promotion projects Research and Technological Development Support System

Contact person 
Deolinda Silva
Innovation Agency
Do you want to share an instrument/policy or a knowledge Transfer practice? 
Innovation instrument(policy)
What are the following keywords/priorities which better fit the instrument/policy?  
R&D cooperation (joint projects, PPP with research institutes)
Indicate the country from which the instrument (or policy) is 
What is the title/name of the instrument/policy? 
Co-promotion projects Research and Technological Development Support System
Indicate the target group/beneficiaries of the instrument/policy 
All companies
Consultancies and other private service providers (non-profit)
Higher educations institutions research units/centres
What is the aim/objective? 
This measure is aimed at supporting collaborative R&D projects involving companies or companies and R&D organisations, and led by the former. More specifically, Co-promotion projects are undertaken through a partnership among companies or between these and R&D organisations which, due to complementary capabilities or common interests in exploiting R&D results, cooperate to achieve synergies or to share costs and risks. The beneficiaries of Co-promotion projects are both companies and R&D organisations. Support corresponds to a non-reimbursable grant. For projects involving an incentive above € 1 million, the incentive to companies for amounts exceeding that figure will be a reimbursable loan. The incentive corresponds to a maximum of 25 per cent of eligible expenditures; this level is increased namely as a result of the type of research to be carried out, the characteristics of the collaboration, the involvement of R&D organisations and company size.
Give an overview of the instrument 
Co-promotion projects have a long tradition in Portugal's R&D support system, which may be traced back to the 1980s. Traditionally, the programmes under the Ministry for the Economy or Industry included this type of measures. Co-promotions projects are intended to respond a key weakness of the National Innovation System in Portugal: the weakness of University-Industry cooperation. It is important to remark that while under this measure the leadership has to be assigned to companies, there is another measure under the Science and Technology Organisations Support System which provides incentives to R&D consortia, led by S&T organisations.
What is the date of creation of this instrument? 
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Is the instrument/policy still active? 
Identify the main outputs/results (quantitative and qualitative) of the implementation of this instrument 
There has been no specific evaluation of this measure. An overall evaluation suggests, however, that as a whole the measures aimed at improving the "intensity and the pattern of company R&D" had a "relevant impact" on this regard.
What is the co-financing/maximum rate allowed by the instrument/policy (if appl.)? 
Is this instrument/policy linked to a KT practice?