Criteria for choosing projects in the Smart Growth Operational Program and the public-private partnership were the main topics of the meeting of the European Funds Platform, held on March 15th at the offices of Employers of Poland.
The meeting was chaired by Mirosław Ślachciak, Chairman of the European Funds Platform and Vicepresident of Employers of Poland. The first session was opened by Daniel Maksym, Director of the Department of Development and Innovation of the National Centre for Research and Development. In his presentation, he explained the mechanisms of the competitions in the I i IV Priority Axes: the so-called: Quick Path. Demonstrator, Sector Programs, and Application Projects. He also warned against the most common mistakes in applications for R&D funds.
– The most popular misstep is to send employees of consulting companies to the assessment committee. There have been cases where advisors were employed solely for this period, for a week or two – said Maksym. He also emphasized that applications from entrepreneurs have to be truly innovative. – We pay for new technologies – he stressed.
Leszek Grabarczyk, Deputy Director of the National Centre for Research and Development answered questions addressed to the Centre by entrepreneurs through the Platform. He emphasized his openness and willingness to participate in dialog with entrepreneurs, because they now best what their needs are.
The second part of the meeting was devoted to a presentation on the public-private partnership held by Jakub Pawelec PhD from the M. Mazurek and Partners Legal Office. It focused on innovative partnerships and hybrid projects: a mix of financing from EU funds and private sources. Next meeting of the Platform is planned before the end of this quarter.