As mentioned by Petr Chladek in his post one of the regional innovation strategy projects in South Moravia is the Innovation vouchers (in Czech only) scheme supporting the research cooperation between SMEs and Brno universities. It has been started in August and the applications can be submitted until September, 25. Any Czech SME can get one of 36 vouchers valued up to 150k CZK (€ 6,000) for buying research services from Brno based universities.
Product, process or service development, testing and measurements, feasibility study, access to research facilities, prototyping, product design, innovative product business plan development, market analysis or marketing strategy, innovation or technology audit are the examples of proposals that can be supported by the vouchers if you find a university partner to realize them for you.
One SME can apply with only one proposal that has to include the university offer to provide requested service. First the voucher holder has to pay the university for the service and then receive the subsidy. If there are more proposals than vouchers the winners will be selected by lot. Based on inspiration from other countries this technology transfer project is funded by the City of Brno.
Is there any similar scheme (to be) introduced in your country? Do you have any experience with public support for research cooperation between universities and SMEs?